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The Experience of Intimate Relationships Among Homosexual Men in Malaysia

Liow, JW, Khalaf, ZF, Ameeruddin, NAM and Foong, A ORCID: 0000-0001-5956-4597 2017 , 'The Experience of Intimate Relationships Among Homosexual Men in Malaysia' , Sexuality and Culture, vol. 21, no. 4 , pp. 1140-1156 , doi: 10.1007/s12119-017-9442-x.

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Abstract

Malaysia is relatively conservative regarding topics like sex, and, especially,research on homosexual relationships is scarce. The current study aims tounderstand the experience of intimate relationships among homosexual men inMalaysia using a phenomenological qualitative approach. A total of 12 participantsof various ethnic backgrounds (between 21 and 35 years of age) were recruitedthrough purposive and snowball sampling via the Malaysian-based LGBT-friendlyFacebook group. Thematic analysis was applied for data analysis, and themesemerged through looking into the perception and practice of intimate relationships.The findings of the current study reflect that the hetero-normative perception ofintimate relationships is common among the participants, and is compatible with thecultural norms. However, in terms of sexual practices, the findings show similaritieswith more liberal parts of the world, as open relationships and casual sex is commonamong homosexual men. Hence, open relationships are being adopted as a strategyto improve the survivability of the relationship instead of just to satisfy sexualneeds. The findings highlight the lack of a frame of reference for homosexualrelationships in Malaysia. The current study adds to the scarce research on homosexualityin this country, which could assist professional helpers to better understand the different dynamics and beliefs of relationships among homosexualmen and the challenges they may face.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Liow, JW and Khalaf, ZF and Ameeruddin, NAM and Foong, A
Keywords: experience,intimate relationship, homosexual men, Malaysia
Journal or Publication Title: Sexuality and Culture
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
ISSN: 1095-5143
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s12119-017-9442-x
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Copyright 2017 Springer Science+Business Media New York

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