Men married to men report the lowest marital strain compared to other types of relationships. Image: Shutterstock

Surprising Truths About Same-Sex Relationships

By Beau
Beau is the founder of Apollo Social. He recently relocated to Melbourne with his husband and has begun a love affair with the city.
Research has revealed some surprising truths about same-sex relationships and how they compare to their heterosexual counterparts. The good news is that same-sex couples fair well when compared to opposite-sex relationships.

In the laboratory study, married couples were asked to keep daily diaries; the contents of which were compiled to form the data for the study. Same-sex couples reported lower levels of marital strain, a more equal distribution of household chores and more positive resolution of conflict.

Male same-sex couples in particular reported high levels of relationship satisfaction. The study suggests several reasons for this including less baggage from gender stereotypes, the use of humour in the resolution of conflict and the lack of gender power imbalances. This suggests that qualities that are fundamental to queer and gay men can naturally contribute to more fulfilling relationships. 

The research is refreshing when taken in the context of the negative stereotypes that are often associated with same-sex relationships.

Read the full article "5 surprising truths about LGBTQ relationships" on LGBTQ Nation.