Seeking a Mate: Inter-Group Partnerships among Gay Jewish Men

By Randal F. Schnoor, Morton Weinfeld

Canadian Ethnic Studies Association, 2005

While documentation and discussion of out-marriage rates among heterosexual Jews is widespread, very little such analysis exists for inter-group partnering patterns of gay Jews. Using both quantitative and qualitative data, this study addresses this void. For the first time the 2001 Canada Census offers information on same-sex common-law relationships. From this data we can observe that Canadian gay and lesbian Jews are "out-marrying" at a rate of approximately 89%. This can be compared to an out-marriage rate of approximately 30% for Canadian heterosexual Jews. A large-scale qualitative sociological study on gay Jewish men both corroborates the Census finding that gay Jews "out-marry" at a very high rate and offers a rich and nuanced account of the forces that lie beneath this statistic. We found that the majority of the gay Jewish men interviewed expressed a desire for a Jewish partner, but only a very small proportion of these men actually had Jewish partners. Several reasons are cited to explain this finding. These include small numbers of available partners, lack of acceptance of same-sex relationships in the Jewish community, lack of gay Jewish social infrastructure and internalized distaste for one's Jewishness or homosexuality on the part of some gay Jews. Findings about gay Jews are compared to both heterosexual Jews and to other minority gay men.

(This is an authors' draft version.)

Topic: Continuity, Intermarriage, Homosexuality, LGBT Issues, Demography, GLBT Issues, Jewish Continuity

Name of Publication: Canadian Ethnic Studies / √Čtudes Ethniques au Canada

Volume/Issue: Vol.37/No.1

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Coverage: Canada

Language: English

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Schnoor, Randal F. Weinfeld, Morton. Seeking a Mate: Inter-Group Partnerships among Gay Jewish Men. Canadian Ethnic Studies / √Čtudes Ethniques au Canada. Canadian Ethnic Studies Association. 2005:


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