Okcupid.com, the popular free dating website geared towards college students, recently released an interesting article titled Gay Sex vs. Straight Sex. The post seemed to be in response to the recent publicity of gay bashing and bullying in the media. The bloggers described their motivation behind the study as wanting to “provide some data-based context on sexuality so that people might make better choices about what they say, think, and do”. The article is definitely worth a read, especially since it’s filled with some really telling graphs and charts.
Here are the higlights:
- the median reported sex partners remained the same regardless of gender and/or sexual orientation (i.e., no one gender/sexual orientation is more “promiscuous”)
- 45% of gay people have had 5 or fewer partners (vs. 44% for straights)
- 98% of gay people have had 20 or fewer partners (vs. 99% for straights)
- this image:
For more data and awesome graphs/images, go read the article.