Translated Titles

Entering into Couple Relationships: An Explorative Study of Gay and Lesbian Partner-Selection Preference in Taiwan




謝文宜(Wen-Yi Shieh);曾秀雲(Hsiu-Yun Tseng)

Key Words

同性戀 ; 同志 ; 同志伴侶 ; 伴侶選擇 ; homosexual couple relationship ; homosexuality ; partner selection ; homosexual love



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

32卷2期(2010 / 11 / 01)

Page #

27 - 46

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

This study aims at exploring why gays and lesbians in Taiwan are willing to enter into couple relationships stigmatized by the society along with their preferences for selecting partners.According to the in-depth interviews with fifteen gay couples and eighteen lesbian couples, despite the fact that they were faced with the unpredictable future as couples, they still chose to enter into couple relationships based on the following possible reasons: (1) they did not want to feel regretful in the future after serious consideration; (2) they felt that it was a decision made out of strong desire or urge; (3) they decided to go as far as they could in the relationships even in the face of struggling between affections and families.The findings showed that these couples felt that having a relationship was still better than staying single and thus motivated them to enter into couple relationships. In terms of the preferences for partner selection, gays and lesbians were similar to heterosexuals in that they also attached importance to age, income, personal images, inner qualities, and social status. The major differences discovered in the study regarding partner selection for gays and lesbians were the lower degree of support from the society, higher self-identity, and the flexibility in gender role divisions.

Topic Category 社會科學 > 心理學
社會科學 > 教育學
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