(GLAAD), a national media watchdog focusing in part on HIV/AIDS coverage in the news and entertainment media.
KEVIN E.GRUENFELD Related Entries: ACT UP; Bisexuals; Gay Men; Gay Rights; Homophobia; Lesbians;
Professional Organizations; Queer Theory; Service and Advocacy Organizations; Key Words: gay, groups, lesbian, organizations, societies
Gay men are members of a social category defined by emotional and erotic attraction to other men. Some males who are sexually active with other males do not identify as gay or as part of a larger gay community; for this reason, the broader “men who have sex with men” (MSM) is often substituted for “gay men” in discussions about HIV/AIDS. However, many other gay men do self-identify and are aware of the broader social and political implications of membership in a distinct minority community and culture. Findings from studies measuring the prevalence of gay men in the United States vary but suggest that between 5 and 10 percent of the general population of men are predominantly or exclusively gay. Although they make up a relatively small portion of the overall population, gay men have been so disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS that they represent perhaps the single most heavily impacted group in the United States.