Difference between Gay and Man

Key Difference: Gay is a term used for homosexuals; generally, for male homosexuals. A man is the male gender among human beings.

Gay is a term that is generally used for homosexuals. It is being used for people who are sexually attracted to others of their same gender. Female homosexuals are known as ‘Lesbians’ and male homosexuals are generally called as ‘Gays’. However, Gay refers to both the genders of homosexuals, males and females. Male gays are the ones who get sexually attracted towards other men.

Man is the male gender of human beings. A man is a person that gets attracted to females i.e. women; considering the man as heterosexual. Heterosexual is a term used for people who get attracted to people of the opposite sex. Majority of the human civilization consists of heterosexuals i.e. a couple consists of a man and a woman. ‘Straight’ is a slang term that is used for the heterosexual men.

The following table shows the differences between a gay man and a heterosexual (straight) man:


Gay Man

Heterosexual Man


A gay man is the one who gets attracted to another man. It is a title given to the homosexual males.

A man (heterosexual) is the one who gets attracted to females (women).


Men who get attracted to the other men.

Men who have a sexual relationship and experience attraction for women.

Applies to




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

Majority of people in the world are heterosexual and because of this they usually aren't discriminated against.

Sexual Relations

They have sexual relationships with other gay men. Generally, a gay man does not get attracted to a straight man.

Heterosexual men have sexual relationships with women. However, it has been seen that few straight men also have been in a relationship with gay men.


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

Heterosexuality includes people of opposite sexes in a couple; and this makes it easier for a man and woman to start their own family by giving birth to a child/children.


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

Heterosexual relationships and marriages are legalized and respected all over the world.

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