Same-sex couples generally face the same relationship issues that opposite-sex couples do. Additionally, they have to deal with homophobia, heterosexism, and other societal prejudices. Partners may also be at different stages in the coming-out process. Same-sex couples often do not have as many role models for successful relationships as opposite-sex couples.

Demographics According to the 2011 Census, there are 17,600 male same-sex couples and 16,100 female same-sex couples totaling 33,700 same-sex couples in Australia. They make up 1% of all Australian couples.  In opposite-sex couples, the average age gap between the older partner and the younger partner was 3.7 years and in the majority of cases, the older partner was male and the younger partner was female. For female same-sex couples, the average age gap between partners was 4.8 years and for male same-sex couples, the average age gap was 6.5 years. People in same-sex relationships tend to be more highly educated than opposite-sex spouses. 43% of partners in same-sex couples have a university degree compared to 23% of people in opposite-sex relationships.

Additional concerns

Where Do I Buy Clomid Online Same-sex couples face more societal censure than their opposite-sex peers:

  • Homophobia- there is still considerable homophobia in society so that same-sex couples have to be careful in accessing professional support. And even if one member of the couple experiences discrimination, both partners suffer.
  • Outness – relates to the degree of openness that gay or lesbian individuals show regarding their lives to their families and friends. It is not uncommon to be more “out” in one setting but not another and for one partner to be more “out” than the other.
  • Rituals of connection- unlike the opposite-sex couple, the same-sex couple can not be openly affectionate with each other without fearing homophobic responses.
  • Negotiating pooled finances, moving for one another due to career advancements, mutual inheritance, acceptance into the in-law’s family, compatible gender roles with regards to sex, housework and career are some of the extra areas that same-sex partners have to navigate with more care and deliberation than opposite-sex couples.
  • Family – most same-sex couples gain support from two or three very close friends of the couple and other extended support, in other words, their “family of choice” as opposed to their natural families.

How your psychologist can help

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Psychologists are trained to genuinely respect and value individual differences. In addition, she should have a good grasp of the sociological pressures on same-sex couples. While not all difficulties are due to social discrimination, same-sex couples have to master social skills generally not expected of opposite-sex couples. For instance, they are less free to express their affection for each other for fear of public censure.

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