Gay Male Fantasies and Realities

Gregory K. Lehne

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The sexual fantasies of 47 gay men were studied using an open‐ended questionnaire to determine the influences of fantasy on developing a gay identity and lifestyle. Early fantasies, occurring around age 12, preceded interpersonal sexual experience by an average of four years. They functioned as a source of self‐knowledge about respondents' affectional preference and influenced early homosexual experiences. Current affectional and sexual fantasy themes were related to respondents' lifestyles or desire for a male affectional relationship. 1978 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-37
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Social Issues
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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