In recent years, there has been much public discussion of same-sex relationships and non-heterosexual parents in Finland, as in other Nordic countries. However, the intimate relationships, both sexual and non-sexual, of non-heterosexual men have been examined from a relatively narrow perspective. The partnerships of these men with men and/or women and their relationships with their children, parents, and friends have been little-researched. This article discusses how manifestations of non-heterosexuality and cultural heteronormativity are bound to non-heterosexual men’s decisions regarding intimate relationships and what types of changes in the opportunities for various intimate relationships have taken place in the decades between the 1980s and the 2000s.
non-heterosexuality, men, intimate relationships, heteronormativity