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Sociologist Avery Tompkins of Transylvania University in Kentucky argued in an article in the Journal of Homosexuality that a sex-positive trans politics cannot emerge if terms such as tranny chaser informed discussion of attraction to transgender people.
LGBT is shorthand for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
The penile reactions of the study participants were recorded while watching nine 3-minute film clips (with audio): two neutral (natural scenery with soothing music) and seven showing pairs of individuals engaged in oral and penetrative sex.
In these seven, two had male actors only, two had female actors only (with fingering as the penetrative sex), and three had gynandromorphic stimuli: a gynandromorph and a man, a gynandromorph and a woman, and a gynandromorph with another gynandromorph.
Of the sample, 20 of them described themselves as being straight or heterosexual.
Some men were definitive about this declaration, while others were hesitant and wondered if they should consider themselves bisexual.They differ from both typical straight and gay men, however, in also displaying strong arousal to stimuli featuring trans women, to which they responded as much as to the female stimuli.The study also found that autogynephilia is common in this group: 42% of the study group reported experiencing autogynephilic arousal, whereas only 12% of straight men and 0% of gay men did.They did report a higher number of male sex partners, and they had higher levels of self-reported autogynephilic arousal than their straight counterparts.Sexual arousal was also measured in another study, comparing the responses of four groups of people: autogynephilic male cross-dressers, gynandromorphophilic men, heterosexual men, and homosexual men.Their responses replicated the finding that gynandromorphophilic men are distinct from gay men; the responses of the gynandromorphophiles were not distinguishable from those of the autogynephilic male crossdressers, however.