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The unique bond of friendship between gay men and straight women

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The cast of "Will and Grace", (L to R) Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally, Eric McCormack and Debra Messing.
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The love shared between gay men and straight women is immortalized in many television shows, but the story doesn’t end with “Will and Grace.”

Exploring the magnetic draw between straight women and gay men is the subject of a new study out of The University of Texas at Arlington -- the researchers say it’s the first of its kind.

The bond sure makes intuitive sense. Women have a man with whom they share sexual orientation, with whom they can easily talk about what’s going on in bed. They get a willing man sharing his male perspective. For gay men, straight women might offer a compatibility not immediately or easily found in straight men.


Eric Russell, Ph.D. student in experimental psychology, University of Texas at Arlington

Robert Hopcke, Author of “A Couple of Friends: The Remarkable Bond between Gay Men and Straight Women