During the month of August the Wonder Wall featured 10 questions that were anonymously answered by gay men all around the world. Two separate but identical surveys were available: one for those under 35 and one for those 35 years and older. The results are presented here, followed by a brief discussion of the key findings.
Some of these figures may surprise you, while others may confirm an existing belief. The most important thing is that we think about what these numbers mean for us now and in the future. Feel free to share and discuss these figures with your friends by copying this page's URL.
10 new questions have now been released for September. While those in August were created by me from interviews with a variety of gay men (see: 'What I learned from interviewing 23 gay men'), the new questions are all based on user submissions.
Cross-generationally all figures were nearly identical except for Q1 (Do you enjoy the music that is played in gay clubs most of the time?) and Q7 (Do you believe that your homosexuality and your masculinity are related in any way?). While 79% of gay men surveyed under the age of 35 enjoyed the music in gay clubs most of the time, a lesser 63% of gay men over 35 felt the same. Younger gay guys might enjoy the music more because of a generational difference in music taste, with a heavier, darker sound slowly making its way into gay clubs.
46% of gay men under 35 believe that their homosexuality and masculinity are related, while only 33% of gay men over 35 believe the same. Perhaps this could be explained by a generational difference in the idea of masculinity, or that younger gay men are less apprehensive to associate femininity with being gay.
Other significant figures include:
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There appears to be very little difference in the beliefs and issues of younger and older gay men.
The majority of gay men would like to be in a monogamous relationship.
The different sample sizes might suggest that older gay men aren't as supportive of this project as younger gay men (needs further research).