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The Sexual Debut of Gay and Lesbian Women: Differences in the Quality of First Sex with Male and Female Partners

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Very little is known about the early sexual lives of lesbians and even less is known about Black lesbians. This presentation will discuss findings from 15 semi-structured qualitative interviews of Black gay/lesbian adolescents (ages 16-24) that explored participants’ first sexual experiences with both males and females. Participants described early ages of first consensual sexual experiences, some as early as 6 and 9. These particularly young experiences were most often with members of the same sex and were described in such a way as to suggest that more than mere childhood exploration was involved. These experiences were often described within dating relationships, suggesting that some participants were aware of their same-sex attractions and desires at a very young age.
Not surprisingly, some of the girls reported that their first sexual encounters with men were not consensual and still others reported that they experimented with male-female vaginal intercourse in an attempt to figure out if they truly were gay/lesbian. Sexual encounters were primarily with close male friends and these sexual activities were rarely, if ever, enjoyable experiences for the participants. However, in other instances, participants reported that their first (and in some case their only) sexual encounter with a male was out of an attempt to become pregnant. These sexual encounters with males were almost always high risk encounters, involving drugs/alcohol, or unprotected sexual intercourse with a high risk partner.
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Timm, Tina., Eshelman, Lee., Reed, Sarah., Valenti, Maria. and Miller, Robin. "The Sexual Debut of Gay and Lesbian Women: Differences in the Quality of First Sex with Male and Female Partners" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SCRA Biennial Meeting, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey, <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p301724_index.html>

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Timm, T. , Eshelman, L. , Reed, S. , Valenti, M. and Miller, R. L. "The Sexual Debut of Gay and Lesbian Women: Differences in the Quality of First Sex with Male and Female Partners" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SCRA Biennial Meeting, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p301724_index.html

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Abstract: Very little is known about the early sexual lives of lesbians and even less is known about Black lesbians. This presentation will discuss findings from 15 semi-structured qualitative interviews of Black gay/lesbian adolescents (ages 16-24) that explored participants’ first sexual experiences with both males and females. Participants described early ages of first consensual sexual experiences, some as early as 6 and 9. These particularly young experiences were most often with members of the same sex and were described in such a way as to suggest that more than mere childhood exploration was involved. These experiences were often described within dating relationships, suggesting that some participants were aware of their same-sex attractions and desires at a very young age.
Not surprisingly, some of the girls reported that their first sexual encounters with men were not consensual and still others reported that they experimented with male-female vaginal intercourse in an attempt to figure out if they truly were gay/lesbian. Sexual encounters were primarily with close male friends and these sexual activities were rarely, if ever, enjoyable experiences for the participants. However, in other instances, participants reported that their first (and in some case their only) sexual encounter with a male was out of an attempt to become pregnant. These sexual encounters with males were almost always high risk encounters, involving drugs/alcohol, or unprotected sexual intercourse with a high risk partner.


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