Difference between Gay and Impotent

Key Difference: Gay is a term commonly used to refer to homosexuals. Whereas, impotent is a term used for people who are unable to reproduce and have satisfactory sexual intercourse.

Gay is a term that is used instead of homosexuals. It is being used people who get sexually attracted to others of their same gender. Homosexuals are commonly termed as lesbians for females and gays for males; however, gay is now generally used to refer to both males and females. In the 20th century, the term attained great importance as the title for homosexuals. This term was recommended by major LGBT groups and style guides to describe people that are attracted to members of the same sex. Nowadays, many gay males and females are in a committed relationship and are married to a same-sex partner.

Originally, the term impotence meant an inability to reproduce. Nowadays, it is also being used for anything that leads to unsatisfactory sexual intercourse. The person who is not able to reproduce/unable have satisfactory sexual intercourse is known as ‘Impotent’. Generally the term 'impotence' describes any disturbances in the experience or process of sexual intercourse. Impotency can happen with both males and females. There are many medical and psychological reasons for a person being impotent.

The differences between a gay and an impotent are as follows:





A person who gets attracted to the people of the same gender. It is a title given to homosexuals.

A person who is not able to reproduce; or is unable to have satisfactory sexual intercourse.


The people who get attracted to the same sex. Mainly used for males but includes females as well.

People who are unable to reproduce; and males and females with the following symptoms:


  • Reduced libido - Reduction in sexual desire usually as a result of stress or a low testosterone level.
  • Delayed ejaculation.
  • Premature ejaculation.
  • Erectile dysfunction.
  • Sterility - Insufficient sperm cell count or insufficient mobility of sperm cells.
  • Erection, ejaculation, and reproductive ability are normal but intercourse is not satisfactory.


  • Frigidity - Lack of libido and a lack of pleasure during intercourse.
  • Libido is high but an orgasm can still not be achieved.
  • Vaginal cramping - Tightening of the vagina making penetration more difficult.

Applies to

Both, males and females.

Both, males and females.


Some people discriminate against gays. However, stringent laws have been made in many countries to safeguard the rights of gay people.

As it is a medical problem, no one discriminates against an impotent. However, people bully them if they know about the impotency.

Sexual Relations

Gays have sexual relations with the people of the same sex/gender. Gays do not get attracted to heterosexuals.

Impotency can only be determined when people of opposite sexes have sexual relations. Hence, it can only be figured out if the couple is heterosexual and has sexual relations.


Starting a family requires two people of opposite sex; and due to this reason gays cannot have their own children. However, many gay couples have adopted children and utilized other medical ways to have the joy of their own family.

Impotent itself means unable to reproduce. Impotent people cannot start their own family and have to adopt children or get some medical treatment to start their family.


Gay relationships and marriages are legalized in many countries but there are still a large number of countries that do not allow for legalization of gay couples.

Heterosexual relations and marriages are legalized; and being an impotent has nothing to do with the law.

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