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Further research would have to look at how gay men respond to questions about bi men with a more diverse and representative sample of gay men.Still, personally, I know that I fair much better dating gay men than I do straight women.There were no significant differences in gay men’s rating of attractiveness and masculinity/femininity between gay, straight, and bi men.While this may indicate progress within the gay community, implying that gay men are beginning to believe less negative stereotypes about bi guys, the researchers were cautious with that interpretation of the results.In January of 2019, a new study, published in the Journal of Bisexuality, examined how bi individuals are perceived, both romantically and sexually, by straight women, straight men, and gay men.The study also explored if bi folks are perceived as being more masculine or more feminine than their straight counterparts. She seemed genuinely interested in me and our last date ended with an hour-long make-out session!In the weeks following the date, I thought to myself: if a woman who studied queer theory at one of the most progressive colleges in the United States couldn’t date me because of my bisexuality, then who the hell would ever date me?
In a survey of over 1,000 women, conducted by Glamour in 2016, 63% of women said they wouldn’t date a man who’s had sex with another man. This includes all men who’ve experimented with another man, even if it only happened once!
“More specifically, that women tend to place greater emphasis on social and personal characteristics compared to men, when assessing sexual partners.” A plethora of research has indicated that straight women prefer men with “traditional masculine qualities.” Thus, sexual attractiveness could also be influenced by the fact that these women rated bi men as being significantly more feminine appearing than straight men.
Gay men, on the other hand, didn’t hold any attraction prejudices against bi men.
The answer, I’ve found, is dating other bi people and/or gender non-conforming folks.
With apps, it’s so much easier to date other bi/GNC folks now.