Who are gynandromorphophilic men? Characterizing men with sexual interest in transgender women

Psychol Med. 2016 Mar;46(4):819-27. doi: 10.1017/S0033291715002317. Epub 2015 Oct 26.


Background: Gynandromorphophilia (GAMP) is sexual interest in gynandromorphs (GAMs; colloquially, shemales). GAMs possess a combination of male and female physical characteristics. Thus, GAMP presents a challenge to conventional understandings of sexual orientation as sexual attraction to the male v. female form. Speculation about GAMP men has included the ideas that they are homosexual, heterosexual, or especially, bisexual.

Method: We compared genital and subjective sexual arousal patterns of GAMP men with those of heterosexual and homosexual men. We also compared these groups on their self-ratings of sexual orientation and sexual interests.

Results: GAMP men had arousal patterns similar to those of heterosexual men and different from those of homosexual men. However, compared to heterosexual men, GAMP men were relatively more aroused by GAM erotic stimuli than by female erotic stimuli. GAMP men also scored higher than both heterosexual and homosexual men on a measure of autogynephilia.

Conclusions: Results provide clear evidence that GAMP men are not homosexual. They also indicate that GAMP men are especially likely to eroticize the idea of being a woman.

Keywords: Autogynephilia; gynandromorphophilia; paraphilia; sexual arousal; sexual orientation; transgender.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Heterosexuality*
  • Homosexuality, Male*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexuality
  • Transgender Persons*
  • Young Adult