SAMESEX - Gleichgeschlechtliche Partnerwahl in Deutschland
LeaderDr. Andrea Lengerer
The project deals with same-sex couples
in Germany. The social visibility as well as the societal and legal
acceptance of same-sex couples has increased considerably over the past
years and today they are even recorded in official statistics.
Nevertheless they are rarely considered in social science research so
far. Studies on the prevalence and demographic characteristics of
same-sex couples are available predominantly for the US, whereas in
Germany even basic empirical evidence is sparse.
intends to advance the development of a new field of research. For the
first time in the German context, the prevalence and trends of same-sex
partnering over time and across cohorts are described. Moreover, the
formation of same-sex relationships is examined. The question here is
which individual and social conditions contribute to the spread of
same-sex relationships. Finally, the patterns of mate selection among
gay and lesbian couples are analysed.
Data from several years of
the German Microcensus are used and prepared for the empirical analysis.
Although the Microcensus is limited in its applicability to the
research question, it is the only representative data source available
in Germany where same-sex cohabitations are included in sufficient