Study Finds Straight People - And Even Many Gays - Are Still Alarmingly Uncomfortable With Same-Sex PDA


Some gay activists have long espoused a theory that the so-called "ick factor" — straight people's aversion to the idea of same-sex intimacy, especially involving men — is a fundamental obstacle to full equality. It helps explain the strategy behind historical gay kiss-in protests — or, more recently, same-sex couples posting photos of themselves kissing (above) on the Facebook page of anti-gay reality stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.

But now a scientific study gives credence to the "ick factor" theory and, in doing so, could even help chart a course for the LGBT movement post-marriage equality.

The study, authored by Indiana University researcher Logan Doan and published in The American Sociological Review, surveyed more than 1,000 people and found that while 70 percent of heterosexuals support things like inheritance rights for same-sex couples, only 55 percent approve of gay men kissing on the cheek in public, according to Al Jazeera America. That's compared to 95 percent who approve of straight couples kissing on the cheek in public.

What's more, over 20 percent of heterosexual respondents said they disapprove of gay men talking about their relationships.

Even gay male respondents were less approving of gay PDAs than straight PDAs — perhaps, Doan says, due to internalized stigma and an inherent fear of hate crimes. And not surprisingly, heterosexual respondents were far more approving of lesbian PDAs, at a rate of 72 percent.

But approval of gay male PDAs was similar to support for same-sex marriage (53 percent), which many Americans view as a social construct separate from equal legal rights. And while marriage equality can be achieved in the courts, it seems a significant percentage of straight Americans still won't approve of same-sex relationships on a moral level.

From Al Jazeera America:

“We had civil rights laws long before we had positive attitudes toward ethnic minorities,” Doan said, adding that Americans support rights because they see themselves as egalitarian, regardless of their personal views on homosexuality.

“The more informal, subtle types of prejudice linger much longer, because that actually requires people to change their views,” he said. ...

The survey may offer clues to gay rights activists on the direction of the movement going forward, Doan said. “It would be great to take a more comprehensive approach.”

“There’s this informal type of prejudice that has primarily been neglected. There’s a push for more positive portrayals in the media, but the bulk of what people think of when they think of the gay rights movement is marriage,” he said.

Of course, we all know marriage equality isn't going to stop gay youth from being rejected by their families, or LGBT people from being fired by their employers — much of which correllates to the "ick factor."

But the solution isn't just more same-sex PDAs or gay sex on TV. It's for gay people to be not only out, but also open about their relationships.

Before we can do that, though — as the study's finding of lower approval for same-sex PDAs among gays would suggest — we'll first need to fully accept ourselves.

Posted Nov. 20,2014 at 12:14 PM EST by in Al Jazeera, Gay Marriage, Indiana, Kiss | Permalink | Comments (24)

Nick Jonas Talks Purity Rings, Virginity, and Being a 'Booty Man' - VIDEO

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This week has been an especially busy one for Nick Jonas, with the Kingdom star appearing on both The Meredith Vieira Show and The Wendy Williams Show yesterday. And as expected, both interviews managed to keep Nick's new "sex symbol" status at the forefront of everyone's mind.  

On Wendy's show, she revealed that the last time Nick stopped by he was just a little kid with a purity ring. She followed up by asking him if he regretted that chapter in his life and whether he was still a virgin (surprise: he's not).

On Meredith's show (complete with "horny" audience), the two talked about Joe Jonas' photoshopped image of Nick's face on Kim Kardashian's #breaktheinternet nude picture, as well as Nick's status as a "booty man."

Check out both interviews, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Posted Nov. 20,2014 at 11:49 AM EST by in Nick Jonas, Wendy Williams | Permalink | Comments (21)

First Gay Couples Marry in Montana: PHOTOS

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Gay couples have begun marrying in Montana after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban yesterday afternoon. The first marriage license to a gay couple was issued in Cascade County to Tonya and Angie Rolando (above), one of four couples who were plaintiffs in the case challenging the ban.

The Missoulian reports that couples have begun marrying there as well: Burgess_early

Leslie Burgess and Serena Early have wed in the Missoula County Courthouse, the first gay couple to do so since a federal judge lifted Montana's ban on same-sex marriage.

A staff member for Montana ACLU performed the ceremony for a lively crowd shortly after 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Kileen Marshall is a license officiant, and was on hand to marry a growing line of couples.

Five minutes later, Ally Logan and Carolyn Jones became the second couple to wed. The two said they had waited 10 years for this day.

Posted Nov. 20,2014 at 11:24 AM EST by in Gay Marriage, Montana, News | Permalink | Comments (8)

Australian Liberal MP Don Harwin Comes Out as Gay In Emotional Speech to Colleagues

In a speech to the New South Wales Legislative Council today, Australian Liberal MP Don Harwin has revealed that he is gay, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Don harwinHarwin, the president of the upper house, came out in a Christmas message on the last sitting day of Parliament for the year.

In the emotional speech, Harwin said he rejoiced in the opportunities available to young gay and lesbian people today:

"Life is so different for them than it was for me. Much has been achieved since then, and perhaps my travails in less happy times gave me the determination I needed to pursue this role."

He added:

"It is remarkable how quickly public opinion has shifted and, indeed, our house has voted to support marriage equality in principle. I hope that my many friends who are waiting for the opportunity to marry will not have to wait too much longer for the Commonwealth Parliament to reform the law."

Following the speech, Harwin said he has been out to parents, friends, and work colleagues for almost 20 years. Harwin joins Labor's Penny Sharpe and Helen Westwood, Liberal Bruce Notley-Smith and independent Alex Greenwich as one of the few out politicians in New South Wales.

Last month, the New South Wales parliament passed new legislation that will allow people convicted under the country’s old laws criminalizing homosexuality to have their records expunged.

Posted Nov. 20,2014 at 10:58 AM EST by in Australia, LGBT Stories, New South Wales | Permalink | Comments (2)

SCOTUS Denies Emergency Stay in South Carolina Gay Marriage Case, Applications to Begin at Noon Today

ScThe U.S. Supreme Court has denied South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson's request for an emergency stay on last week's federal ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

South Carolina NBC station WIS10 reports:

In a brief statement, seven of the nine Supreme Court justices denied the stay, but Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas said they would hear it.

Expect same-sex marriage applications to begin at noon today (even though at least one probate judge has jumped the gun and already began marrying gay couples in the state.)

Posted Nov. 20,2014 at 10:33 AM EST by in Gay Marriage, News, South Carolina | Permalink | Comments (12)

Alec Baldwin Offers Some Relationship Advice to Gay Couple Who Met on Grindr: WATCH


In a new episode for the web series Love Ride, internationally recognized couples therapist Alec Baldwin serves up some relationship advice to unsuspecting couple Toby & Brian - two married New Yorkers who met on Grindr and are looking to start a family. 

Along the way, Toby & Brian share the story of how they met, reveal who is the better singer, and challenge Alec's belief that "Scruff is where you send pictures of yourself from the waist up and Grindr's where you send photos from the waist down." 


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Posted Nov. 20,2014 at 10:12 AM EST by in Alec Baldwin, New York, News | Permalink | Comments (18)

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