These are people who may change their sexual identity with time and more experience.“Queer” is how Kate Stayman-London would identify herself now, but when she was in college in the mid-aughts, she wasn’t sure about her sexual identity.
She had dated men and women, and by her senior year at Amherst in Massachusetts, she had her first girlfriend.
But chatter about hookups can increase acceptance of the encounters, said study researcher Amanda Holman, a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
That's troubling, Holman said, because hookups are often spontaneous and involve alcohol, making it less likely that students will protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pregnancy."The more that [students] talked to their peers about it, the more likely that they're going to be accepting of the risky behavior," Holman told Live Science.
Today, people looking to experiment with same-sex relationships have more options than he did, says Nitz, and more acceptance too.
And of course, the Boy Scouts have since reversed their position too.
Kuperberg found that most people who identify as straight but have same-sex hookups are “experimenters:” students in college who want to try something new, without considering the experience something that changes their sexual identity.
Others are part of a “performative bisexuality” group (primarily women, typically a low-level hookup, like kissing, in a public place), and a third set was made up of those whose sexual identity is in its early stages of evolving.
Slightly more than half of the students, 54 percent, said they had hooked up with someone else during the school year.Sam Nitz knew he was gay in 6th grade, and even though he only dated and hooked up with men during his time at University of Wisconsin-Madison, he waited until his senior year to come out publicly.“I was involved in Boy Scouts at the national level, and back then in Boy Scouts you couldn’t be gay,” he explains. C., had been an Eagle Scout and a Section Chief in the Order of the Arrow, but felt that he lost election to be National Chief of the Order of the Arrow (the top youth position in the Boy Scouts) due to a whisper campaign about his sexuality."But this hooking-up culture is risky, so how can we help educate them so if they're part of the subculture, they can engage in it safely? , given as an exclusive to Marie Claire.com, shows that the labels “gay” and “straight” aren't always definitive.