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The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. This sort of normalization is good news.

Friendships between gay and straight men have always existed. But there have also always been roadblocks to their formation. Many straight men hesitated to befriend gay menfearing harassment, rejection from their straight friends or being called gay.

The growing acceptance of homosexualityhowever, has allayed some of these fears. There are still barriers.

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Gay men — particularly those in conservative and rural environments — remain wary about trying to befriend straight men, fearing prejudice-fueled rejection. Of course, the traditional notion that gay men and straight men cannot be close friends is inherently homophobic and untrue. We propose gay-straight male friendships are not only possible, but that they can grow to be extremely rewarding. So which straight men are the most likely to befriend gay men, and vice versa? And what determines whether these friendships prosper?

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For one, the timing of when these friendships form may be crucial. We know that gay men are now coming out at an earlier age. Gay men who disclose their sexual orientation to their straight male friends earlier in life may be able to build more open and honest friendships with them into adulthood. Second, recent research has argued that gender and sexual orientation might not be as black and white as ly thoughtwhich opens up new avenues for exploring how gay and straight men can relate to one another.

These discussions are particularly important because they normalize same-gender attraction. Friendships also strengthen when each side discloses personal informationwhich can include discussing sexual experiences. Recent research has suggested that advice sharing could be a crucial reason that straight women seek out gay men as friends.

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We believe that this same sort of unbiased advice sharing might also foster friendships between gay and straight men. However, straight women do tend to trust the dating advice of gay men especially more than advice from straight men or women. Accordingly, straight men could get a leg up in dating from becoming close friends with gay men.

Straight men who are comfortable with their sexuality may also act as wing men for gay male friends. Just as a gay man might be able to pass on advice about women to his straight friend, a straight man could connect his gay male friend with another desirable gay man, since neither the gay man nor his straight friend are competing for the same person. Edition: Available editions United Kingdom. Many straight men no longer see befriending gay men as a threat to their masculinity. Authors Eric Russell Ph. Student in Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Why do gay men and straight women make such great friends?