Index of FAQ about Homosexuality


Are Homosexuals More Promiscuous than Heterosexuals?  /  Do Most Homosexuals Hope for a Monogamous, Life-long Relationship?

It cannot be said that homosexuals are inherently more promiscuous than heterosexuals. Neither should we convince ourselves that every homosexual is a raging bundle of hormones on the prowl. There is diversity among homosexuals just as there is diversity among heterosexuals. What is true of some—or even the majority—is not necessarily true of all. Nevertheless, the homosexual community, as a whole, is demonstrably more promiscuous than the heterosexual community. Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen admitted this reality in their book, After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 1990’s, “Alas, it turns out that, on this point, public myth is supported by fact. There is more promiscuity among gays (or at least among gay men) than among straights;”

This is not to say that heterosexuals are not promiscuous, but rather that the homosexual community elevates promiscuity to a whole different level. In his book Strained Relations, Bill Muehlenberg reported the findings of arguably the most famous and respected pro-homosexual institute:

An exhaustive 1978 Kinsey Institute study of homosexuality showed that 28 per cent of homosexual males had sexual encounters with 1,000 or more males over a lifetime. And 79 per cent said more than half of their sex partners were strangers. Only one per cent of sexually active men had fewer than five lifetime partners.

The study concludes: “Little credence can be given to the supposition that homosexual men’s ‘promiscuity’ has been overestimated. … Almost half of the white homosexual males said that they had at least 500 different sexual partners during the course of their homosexual careers.”

Similarly, a study by Alan Bell and Martin Weinberg “found that the average homosexual had 550 different sexual partners.”

This promiscuity generally occurs whether or not an individual is involved in a committed relationship with another person. Bill Muehlenberg wrote, “In a study of 156 males in homosexual relationships, only seven couples claimed to have a totally exclusive sexual relationship. But these seven were in relationships lasting less than five years. The authors comment: ‘Stated another way, all couples with a relationship lasting more than five years have incorporated some provision for outside sexual activity in their relationship.’” Likewise, Australian homosexual activist, Dennis Altman, wrote in his book The Homosexualization of America, “[I]t does seem clear that among gay men a long-lasting monogamous relationship is almost unknown. Indeed both gay women and gay men tend to be involved in what might be called multiple relationships, though of somewhat different kinds. … A large scale study of gay male couples in San Diego concluded that every couple together more than five years had outside sexual contacts as a recognized part of the relationship.” This is also the conclusion of Thomas Schmidt who, after studying all of the available data on the subject, concluded, “Promiscuity among homosexual men is not a mere stereotype, and it is not merely the majority experience – it is virtually the only experience. … Tragically, lifelong faithfulness is almost nonexistent in the homosexual experience.” Realizing this, it is not surprising that Charles Silverstein and Edmund White wrote in their book, Joy of Gay Sex, “Sexual promiscuity is one of the most striking distinguishing features of gay life in America.”


1. Kirk, After the Ball, 47–48.
2. Muehlenberg, Strained Relations, 10.
3. Ibid, 11.
4. Ibid, 13.
5. Ibid, 12–13.
6. Ibid, 11.
7. Ibid, 9.

Works Cited

1. Kirk, Marshall and Hunter Madsen. After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90s. New York: Doubleday, 1989.
2. Muehlenberg, Bill. Strained Relations: The Challenge of Homosexuality. Melbourne: Culture Watch Books, 2014.


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Author: Timothy Zebell, 2015