Not only were women more apt to trust gay men under this condition, but we also found that they became more willing to make gay male friends.
The downside is that if a straight woman values her gay male friends only for dating advice, the relationship could become quite superficial (see Chris Riotta’s essay “I’m Gay, Not Your Accessory”).
Still, more needed to be done to support the hypothesis.
Recently, my colleagues and I at the University of Texas at Arlington developed a series of four related studies.
However, the strong trust that women initially form with gay men can serve as a primer; eventually, this trust could extend to other areas, with the friendship blossoming over time.