Gay Test – How to find out if you’re gay or not (according to the scientists)
It is safe to say that only a very small minority of people have gone through life without ever questioning their own sexuality in one way or another. Some may say they have’nt, but they are most likely lying.
Even the straightest dude has at some point made an extra look at another guy, and even the gayest gal do find some guys attractive. To what degree they are questioning, that is of course a totally different matter.
As common as it is to put people into boxes based upon classical stereotypes, you should think that there was some full-proof way to decide if you are gay or not. But it really isn’t.
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And with all the horrible things that have been done to lgbt people throughout history, and which is still going on in many coutries, that is probably a good thing.
However, that doesn’t mean that efforts haven’t been made to try to figure out a test that can determine your sexual orientation.
Gay Test 1 – The Kinsey Scale Test
The most famous one is the Kinsey scale. It was developed by Alfred Kinsey in 1948 as a way of defining someone’s sexuality more diversly than just as gay, straight or bisexual. The test asks people to plot themselves on a scale of sexuality from 0 (exclusively heterosexual) to 6 (exclusively homosexual).
While less than 2 percent of people identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual when given strict labels to choose from, almost half of young people don’t identify as exclusively straight when asked to plot their sexuality on the Kinsey scale.
An official Kinsey “test” does not exist, which is contrary to popular belief and many tests across the web. The original Kinsey research team assigned a number based on a person’s sexual history.
You can try out a version of the Kinsey test here.
Gay Test 2 – The Purple Red Scale Test
Many sexologists see the Kinsey scale as relevant to sexual orientation but not comprehensive enough to cover all sexual identity issues. They suggest that sexual identity involves at least three different spectra, sexual orientation being only one of them (two others being biological sex and gender identity).
There have been suggested many alternatives to the Kinsey scale, including the Purple Red Scale which measures attraction in two dimensions: *who* you’re attracted to and *how* you’re attracted to them.
Gay Test 3 – The Genderbread Person
This is not really a test but a way of conceptualising gender and orientation. It consists of a yellow stereotypically male-shaped (think of gendered bathroom signs) “gingerbread man”-like figure with various parts of its anatomy labelled to refer to various parts of human gender, genitals, orientation, presentation, and sexuality. Read more about it here.
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Give the tests a try, but don’t take them too seriously. There is really no test that can tell you if you’re gay or not, you just have to take your time and figure it out on your own. One day all those labels will be gone anyway. Or at least we can hope so.