This article first appeared on The Conversation. For years, friendships between straight women and gay men have been a subject of pop culture fascination. Books , television shows and feature-length films have all highlighted this unique relationship, noted for its closeness and depth. But with society's attitudes toward gays and lesbians changing, it's become all the more important to build a holistic understanding of the relationships between gay and straight people. As a researcher in social psychology, I've often wondered: Why do straight female-gay male relationships work so well? Why are straight women so drawn to having gay men as friends?
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Sometimes there's no snappy way of putting it, no label that really describes how your head and your heart work. I had been an openly gay man for six years when I fell in love with a woman I'd known since I was Growing up on the Isle of Wight, we bonded over adolescent heartbreak, which happened to me more than once as I got to know the boys in our year. She was straight, but seemed to understand more than anyone about unrequited love. I wondered why it was that I spoke to her more than my boyfriends, but left my confusion to simmer for years as I drifted through school. When it finally dawned on me that, yes, this was love, I was well into my first year at university. Slowly but surely we got back in touch, and arranged to meet back home.
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By Andy Coghlan. Some physical attributes of the homosexual brain resemble those found in the opposite sex. Brain scans have provided the most compelling evidence yet that being gay or straight is a biologically fixed trait. The scans reveal that in gay people, key structures of the brain governing emotion, mood, anxiety and aggressiveness resemble those in straight people of the opposite sex.
The dilemma I have known I was gay since I was a boy, but recently I have started having sexual feelings for women that I've spent a lot of time with at university. I went to a single-sex school and have never really had any female friends. I wonder if this might have contributed to my belief that I was gay.