Gay men are more likely to stay single if they are 45+


The survey of 1,762 members of the LGBT+ community who are over 45 in the US found that men and women attracted to their own sex are less likely to form stable monogamous relationships than their straight peers, and for men he situation is worse than for women. 57% of the gay men who responded to the survey said they were single, compared to just 39% of lesbians. Just 27% of the gay men and 43% of lesbians are married. Gay men are more likely to live alone, which is likely a direct correlation to the high number of gay men over 45 who are single. 46% of the gay men surveyed said they lived alone. The survey was commissioned by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) to gain understanding of the challenges facing older LGBT+ Americans. People were also asked what their biggest concerns were as they get older. 76% said they were concerned about having adequate family and social support as they age. As well as being much more likely to be single and living alone, gay men also reported being less connected to LGBT+ and straight friends and neighbors than lesbians.


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