Binghamton Human Sexualities Lab

About the lab

The Binghamton Human Sexualities Lab takes a sex-positive and interdisciplinary approach to current and important questions related to human sexuality broadly defined, including: sexual behavior, sexual health, sexual identity, attitudes toward sex, sex education, sex-related stigma, and sexual risk-taking. We collaborate regularly with researchers across the Binghamton University campus and with colleagues at other research institutions. Every semester, for the past 5 years, we have provided mentorship to 15-20 highly motivated undergraduate researchers.

Featured research (1)

This trend study analyzes nine years (from 2011-2019) of cross-sectional survey responses to Klein’s Sexual Orientation Grid (1978) to explore changes in sexual orientation among emerging adult college students. Categorical regression models based on ordinal responses revealed that participants were moving away from exclusively heterosexuality on attraction, behavior, and identity subscales at a rate of approximately 6% per year. This trend augments for women after 2014, coinciding with increased advocacy efforts related to U.S. marriage equality, but attenuates for men. Participants' race also related to variations in sexual orientation: Black participants were less likely than White participants to identify as exclusively heterosexual, whereas the pattern reversed for Asian participants relative to White participants. These findings suggest that changes in sexual orientation are occurring among emerging adults in the U.S., potentially in response to changing social and political contexts, but these changes are more pronounced in women and Black emerging adults.

Lab head

Sean G. Massey
  • Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
About Sean G. Massey
  • The Binghamton Human Sexualities Research Lab is team-lead. Co-investigators include: Drs. Sean Massey, Ann Merriwether, Sarah Young, and Melissa Hardesty.

Members (3)

Sarah R. Young
  • Binghamton University
Ann Merriwether
  • Binghamton University
Melissa Hardesty
  • Binghamton University