The purpose of this review is to summarize the current knowledge around sexual desire, fantasies, and related biopsychosocial factors that may facilitate or obstruct sexual expressions in lesbian women and gay men. Sexual desire levels and related problems do not seem significantly different in people who identify as gay or lesbian compared to their heterosexual counterparts. Evidence has shown lesbian women and gay men may have specific desire expressions and biopsychosocial factors influencing their sexual health. A lack of specific and unbiased literature on sexual desire and fantasies in gay and lesbian people is reported. Available evidence is controversial and often biased. LG people showed a variety of sexual expressions that are hard to categorize referring to the heteronormative sexual standards that permeate literature and clinical practice.
Sexual Desire and Fantasies in the LGBT+ Community: Focus on Lesbian Women and Gay Men
Sexual Orientation and Human Rights
Studies of any design and subject area that had at least two WSW participants were included. Of identified studies, 56 studies from 22 countries met inclusion criteria. Overall, many WSW reported risky sexual behaviors, including sex with men, men who have sex with men MSM , and HIV-infected partners; transactional sex; and substance abuse. F emale-to-female sexual contact has long been assumed to comprise low-risk behavior for contracting sexually transmitted infections STIs , including HIV-1 infection. Research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT health has been an emerging area of study since the HIV epidemic began in the s.
All rights reserved. Universal Declaration of Human Rights , Article 1. What is sexual orientation?
Homosexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction , or sexual behavior between members of the same sex or gender. It "also refers to a person's sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions. Along with bisexuality and heterosexuality , homosexuality is one of the three main categories of sexual orientation within the heterosexual—homosexual continuum. The most common terms for homosexual people are lesbian for females and gay for males, but gay also commonly refers to both homosexual females and males. The percentage of people who are gay or lesbian and the proportion of people who are in same-sex romantic relationships or have had same-sex sexual experiences are difficult for researchers to estimate reliably for a variety of reasons, including many gay and lesbian people not openly identifying as such due to prejudice or discrimination such as homophobia and heterosexism.