No country for old gay men: Age and sexuality category intersection renders older gay men invisible

Carnaghi, Andrea; Rusconi, Patrice; Bianchi, Mauro; Fasoli, Fabio; Coladonato, Rosandra and Hegarty, Peter (2021). No country for old gay men: Age and sexuality category intersection renders older gay men invisible. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations (Online First).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430220987606

Abstract

Four studies analyzed how sexual orientation (heterosexual vs. gay) and age categories (young vs. elderly) referring to men are cognitively combined. In Study 1, young gay men were judged as more prototypical of gay men than adult or elderly gay men, while young, adult, and elderly heterosexual men were perceived as equally prototypical of heterosexual men. In Study 2, gay men were stereotyped more by young rather than elderly stereotypical traits, while heterosexual men were not stereotyped in terms of age. In Study 3, elderly men were stereotyped more by heterosexual than gay-stereotypical traits, while young men were not stereotyped in terms of sexual orientation. In Study 4, gay men were judged to be young rather than elderly, while elderly men were judged to be heterosexual rather than gay. Overall, elderly gay men were overlooked when processing their constituent categories, “gay” and “elderly” men. Implications for models of intersectionality are discussed.

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