Cohort Effect on the Coming Out Experiences of Bisexual Men

Mark McCormack, Eric Anderson, Adrian Adams

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This article examines bisexual men’s experiences of coming out across three age cohorts, and documents generational differences in the reception from friends and family regarding this disclosure. Drawing on in-depth interviews with an ethnically diverse sample of 60 openly bisexual men from the United States, we find that the oldest cohort encountered the most stereotypical views and prejudiced behaviour, while those of the youngest cohort expressed predominantly positive coming out stories. We attribute the cohort differences in these experiences to a decrease in cultural homophobia, alongside changes in the social organisation of masculinities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1207-1223
Number of pages17
JournalSociology-the Journal of the British Sociological Association
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2014


  • biphobia
  • bisexuality
  • coming out
  • homophobia
  • masculinity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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