This article first appeared on The Conversation. For years, friendships between straight women and gay men have been a subject of pop culture fascination. Books , television shows and feature-length films have all highlighted this unique relationship, noted for its closeness and depth. But with society's attitudes toward gays and lesbians changing, it's become all the more important to build a holistic understanding of the relationships between gay and straight people. As a researcher in social psychology, I've often wondered: Why do straight female-gay male relationships work so well? Why are straight women so drawn to having gay men as friends?
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Thanks to years of hard work by LGBT activists, people in certain corners of the world feel more comfortable about coming out than ever before. And yet, dating a man who identifies as bisexual remains a taboo. But by seeing bisexuality as a deal-breaker, heterosexual women might not only be unwittingly dodging perfectly decent partners, but the best. Research has found that men who are bisexual - and feel comfortable being out - are better in bed - and the relationship develops - more caring long-term partners and fathers.
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Sometimes there's no snappy way of putting it, no label that really describes how your head and your heart work. I had been an openly gay man for six years when I fell in love with a woman I'd known since I was Growing up on the Isle of Wight, we bonded over adolescent heartbreak, which happened to me more than once as I got to know the boys in our year. She was straight, but seemed to understand more than anyone about unrequited love.