Sexual Behavior Doesn't Equal Sexual Orientation
Study says homosexual behavior does not prove sexual orientation.
Preeti Pathela, DPH, et al., of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in their Sep. 19, 2006 article, "Discordance Between Sexual Behavior and Self-Reported Sexual Identity: A Population-Based Survey of New York City Men," in the Sep. 19, 2006 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, (Vol. 145, pp. 416-425) conducted a phone survey of 4,193 men to determine their sexual orientation (straight, gay, or bisexual). They wrote:
"Of the straight-identified men, 9.4% reported having sexual intercourse with at least 1 man (and no women) in the year before the survey...
Among men who have sex with men, 72.8% identified as straight...
Approximately 70% of straight-identified men who have sex with men reported being married, which was substantially more than any other identity–behavior group: 54% of straight-identified men who have sex with women and only 0.2% of gay-identified men who have sex with men reported being married." Sep. 19, 2006 Preeti Pathela
Thomas J. Coates, PhD, a University of California at Los Angeles psychologist who specializes in sexual behavior, in a Sep. 19, 2006 interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, discussed the findings of the study:
"Everyone talks about it [heterosexual men having sex with other men], but it's the first time I've seen data on this issue. Even so, the numbers are probably low estimates. It's probably above this, because it's hard to get people to admit to this kind of behavior." Sep. 19, 2006 Thomas Coates
Susan Blank, MD, Assistant Commissioner, STD Control Program at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and co-author of the paper, stated in a Sep. 19, 2006 interview with the New York Daily News:
"We expected a substantive percentage (to be married), but we hadn't estimated 70%. No one should be making assumptions. Marital status isn't necessarily an indicator of sexual behavior." Sep. 19, 2006 Susan Blank