I also recruited gay male participants, and had them complete the same task (with the gay men viewing Facebook profiles depicting a straight female, gay male or lesbian female).The experiments, published in the journal , demonstrated that straight women and gay men perceived one another to be trustworthy sources of relationship and dating advice.Other findings—combined with our own—show that there seems to be an extremely strong psychological underpinning for why women are so drawn to gay men.
As expected, the female subjects seemed to perceive the judgments coming from the gay man to be more sincere because they knew that he wouldn’t have any ulterior motives—whether that meant wooing the subject (which they might suspect of straight men) or competing for the same romantic partner (straight women).
It really only had to do with one thing: dating and relationships.
To further examine why this might be the case, we had women imagine receiving information from either a straight woman, straight man, or a gay man about their physical appearance and the dateability of potential boyfriends.
When women read the news article about the increased competition, their trust in gay men was amplified.
Not only were women more apt to trust gay men under this condition, but we also found that they became more willing to make gay male friends.