Your answers will be anonymous and confidential. The survey does not ask for your name or any unique identifiers, nor will it record your IP address (the unique identifier associated with any computer device that connects to the Internet). You will be asked to provide demographic information. The results of this study will likely be discussed in public presentations and published in peer-reviewed journals; however, data combined across groups for all who complete the survey will be used. If you offer comments, they may be used for illustration in publications and presentations, but otherwise we will be presenting group data.
There are no known physical, psychological, economic, or social risks linked with this study. However, questions will be of a personal nature, which some people may find sensitive, embarrassing, and/or upsetting. For instance, we ask questions about your relationships; sexual attractions, behaviors, and experiences; and your attitudes about eroticism and SSA/LGBT+ people.
If you find you are uncomfortable answering the questions, please feel free to withdraw from the study by closing the browser.
If you find participation in the study to be distressing or are experiencing thoughts of suicide, please contact a mental health professional or the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
As one reviewer asserted, “This survey is riddled with terms and phrases that will likely offend some—even many. A virtual minefield, to be sure.” For example, terms like “same-sex attraction” and “mixed-orientation marriage” may offend or feel aversive to different groups. The authors of this study have attempted to use such phrases respectfully to be inclusive and more accurate or intentionally to assess participants’ attitudes.
The terms SSA and LGBT+ are used throughout this survey; however, we acknowledge that there are other sexual/gender identities not represented by those terms. For example, many who experience same-sex attractions (SSA) do not identify with a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) identity. As such, if you experience same-sex attractions and do not identify as LGBT, for the purposes of this study, please respond to LGBT+ as if it includes your identity. You will have a chance in the survey to provide which label fits best for you.