Purpose of the Study

This survey is designed to identify important aspects of life and relationships for those who experience (or have experienced) same-sex attractions and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB), heterosexual, or with another sexual identity or reject a label, and analyze if there are any similarities or differences between those who are:

  1. Single and celibate*
  2. Single and not celibate
  3. In a heterosexual/mixed-orientation** relationship; or
  4. In a same-sex relationship

Those in other types of relationship and single statuses are also invited to participate to expand our understanding of possible options.

This study also investigates if or how religious/spiritual issues are involved in respondents’ level of satisfaction and relationship or single status.

Sexuality and sexual identity can be personally sensitive and politically divisive. In order to be as comprehensive and inclusive as possible of different individuals’ and communities’ experiences, and in the spirit of the work of social psychologist Jonathan Haidt and others in speaking to the importance of political diversity to advancing social science (see “Political diversity will improve social psychological science,” Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 38, 1-58), we have assembled an ideologically diverse research team to collaborate on this important study.

* Celibate means committed to not acting sexually with another person.

** A mixed-orientation relationship is defined as one partner who is heterosexual and the other partner is same-sex attracted/LGB+.