Hello, I am Anupam Sharma, a postgraduate student from the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. As part of a research project, I am trying to understand the everyday experience-challenges, struggles, negotiations-of being gay/bisexual/men who are attracted to men in India.

If you Indian and are above the age 40, please fill up the answers to the corresponding questions in one go without giving a second thought. Please respond as accurately and honestly as you can. There are no right or wrong answers and these questions are designed to know what you think. Please click on your answer below. These questions are designed to understand your experiences with your sexuality and its overall impact on your life.

Please understand that your participation in this research is entirely voluntary and you can stop answering at any point. Filling up this form may take 15-25 minutes of your time. All information that you share with me during the interview will be kept entirely confidential. As a researcher, I will not share your details with anyone outside the research team.

We are focused only on non-trans-cis gay/bi/men attracted to men

Thank you for your time.

Age (In Years) *
Your answer
I am *
Relationship Status *
Highest Education Qualification *
Living with *
I am *
Do you have children? *
Where do you live? *
State of residence:
Your answer
1. I have tried to stop being attracted to men in general. *
2. If someone offered me the chance to be completely heterosexual, I would accept the chance. *
3. I wish I weren't gay/bisexual. *
4. I feel that being gay/bisexual is a personal shortcoming for me. *
5. I would like to get professional help in order to change my sexual orientation from gay/bisexual to straight. *
6. I have tried to become more sexually attracted to women. *
7. I often feel it best to avoid personal or social involvement with other gay/bisexual men. *
8. I feel alienated from myself because of being gay/bisexual. *
9. I wish that I could develop more erotic feelings about women. *
10. I have a good understanding with the people around me. *
11. I feel I lack companionship. *
12. I feel there is no one I can turn to. *
13. I do not feel alone. *
14.I feel part of a group of friends. *
15. I have a lot in common with the people around me. *
16. I am no longer close to anyone. *
17. My interests and ideas are not shared by those around me. *
18. I am an outgoing person. *
19. There are people I feel close to. *
20. I feel left out. *
21. My social relationships are superficial. *
22. No one really knows me well. *
23. I feel isolated from others. *
24. I can find companionship when I want it. *
25. There are people who really understand me. *
26. I am unhappy being so withdrawn. *
27. People are around me but not with me. *
28. There are people I can talk to. *
29. There are people I can turn to. *
Please respond on a 4-point scale that ranges from 1 (not at all like me) to 4 (very much like me)
30. My sexual appetite has gotten in the way of my relationships. *
31. My sexual thoughts and behaviors are causing problems in my life. *
32. My desires to have sex have disrupted my daily life. *
33. I sometimes fail to meet my commitments and responsibilities because of my sexual behaviors. *
34. I sometimes get so horny I could lose control. *
35. I find myself thinking about sex while at work. *
36. I feel that sexual thoughts and feelings are stronger than I am. *
37. I have to struggle to control my sexual thoughts and behavior. *
38. I think about sex more than I would like to. *
39. It has been difficult for me to find sex partners who desire having sex as much as I want to. *
Please consider how well the following statements describe your behavior and actions.
40. I look for creative ways to alter difficult situations. *
41. Regardless of what happens to me, I believe I can control my reaction to it. *
42. I believe I can grow in positive ways by dealing with difficult situations. *
43. I actively look for ways to replace the losses I encounter in life. *
44. In uncertain times, I usually expect the best *
45. It’s easy for me to relax. *
46. If something can go wrong for me, it will. *
47. I’m always optimistic about my future. *
48. I enjoy being with my friends a lot. *
49. It’s important for me to keep busy. *
50. I hardly ever expect things to go my way. *
51. I don’t get upset too easily. *
52. I rarely count on good things happening to me. *
53. Overall, I expect more good things to happen to me than bad. *
54. In the last year have you ever been discriminated anywhere (dating apps/real life) by someone because of your age? *
55. Do you actively participate in LGBTQ events? *
56. Aside from LGBT community, are you involved in other organizations, groups, clubs, or activities in your local community? *
57. Do you have any fear about aging as a gay man? *
58. On a scale from 1 to 10 please rate how successfully you see yourself aging. (1= Least Successful, 10= Most successful) *
Least Successful
Most Successful
59. Do you work on your body to look younger than your age? *
60. Are you basically satisfied with your life? *
70. Have you dropped many of your activities and interests? *
71. Do you feel that your life is empty? *
72. Do you often get bored? *
73. Are you in good spirits most of the time? *
74. Are you afraid that something bad is going to happen to you? *
75. Do you feel happy most of the time? *
76. Do you often feel helpless? *
77. Do you prefer to stay at home, rather than going out and doing new things? *
78. Do you feel you have more problems with memory than most? *
79. Do you think it is wonderful to be alive now? *
80. Do you feel pretty worthless the way you are now? *
81. Do you feel full of energy? *
82. Do you feel that your situation is hopeless? *
83. Do you think that most people are better off than you are? *
84. In general, how would you rate your health today *
85. On a scale from 0 to 4, how important do you think a romantic relationship/having a partner/husband is to be happy at your age? (0 being 'not at all important' and 4 being 'very important') *
Not at all important
Very important
86. Do you work on your body to get attention from other gay men in real or on dating apps? *
87. On a scale from 0 to 4, how happy are you using dating apps at your age? (0 being 'not at all happy' and 4 being 'very happy') *
88. Do you think people take/took advantage of you because of your age? *
89. Compared to one year ago, how would you rate your health in general now? *
90. How often do you have sex with men? *
91. Are you a part of any LGBTQ support group? *
92. On a scale of 0 to 10 how beneficial do you think LGBTQ support groups (offline or online) in keeping you happy? *
Not at all beneficial
Very much beneficial
Annual Income *
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