#49 – Bi Guys on the Down Low

The dangers and risks for gay men in coming out of the closet is widely acknowledged, but what about bisexual men? More bi men, compared to gay men, keep their sexuality strictly on the down low. Why is this the case? How are these men’s experience different?

In Episode 49,  Dr. Zhana and Joe talk to Dr. Eric Schrimshaw from Columbia University about his research on bisexual men–especially those with long-term female partners–who remain in the closet and why they do so. Why would bisexual guys living in the 21st century in ultra-liberal New York City be so reticent about their sexual attractions/behaviors? Listen to the episode to find out!

You can read the full study here.

About our Guest

Eric W. Schrimshaw, Ph.D., is a social/health psychologist and associate professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University Medical Center where he serves as co-Lead of the Sexuality, Sexual, and Reproductive Health certificate program. His research over the past 20 years has been in the area of LGB health, with a particular emphasis on HIV risk behaviors of MSM populations. In particular, he has an interest in the role of technology in changing how MSM meet and communicate with potential sexual partners and how this may contribute to sexual risk behaviors among MSM. His research has also addressed the unique psychological and sexual health needs of bisexual men, pornography viewers, male sex workers, and LGB adolescents. His research has been supported by multiple NIH grants and has resulted in the publication of over 60 journal articles addressing LGB health and well-being.

You can visit his website here.

Sex or Travel? Most Millennials Would Give Up the Former!

A new study shows that some Millennials think travel is more important than sex. 57% of millennials said that they would give up sex for travel. This is consistent with other data we’ve been getting lately that millennials are having less sex and with fewer people than previous generations. Listen to find out if Dr. Zhana can pick between her two favorites, sex or travel?

You can read the full article discussed here.

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