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Patrick McGrady, Ph.D.


Sexual Identity, Gender Role Ideology, Gaydar, Societal Stereotype


Sexual and Gender Minorities, Gender Identity, Sexual Selection


Sexual minorities, Sexual minorities--Identity, Gender, Gender identity, Stereotypes (Social psychology), Sexual orientation


There exists an extant literature investigating sexuality, gender, and stereotypes. It has examined how accurate people are at predicting sexual orientation and if there is an ability that can be developed, usually referred to as gaydar, to be able to tell if some is gay or not by looking at them. A lot of these finding suggest that participants are using societal stereotypes about sexual orientation and gender to identify people. Participants were sent a survey where their demographic information was collected. They read several vignettes and identified traits of the described individuals including sex and gender. It was hypothesized that straight cisgender men engaged in stereotyping more frequently than other groups and that individuals that adhered more to traditional gender role ideology would more frequently use stereotypes. It was also hypothesized that gender role ideology will curb the effect of participants’ gender/sexuality on use of stereotypes. The results indicated that identity did not significantly impact use of stereotyping, however beliefs about gender roles did.