02/20/2013 01:02 pm ET

Why Are Gay Men And Straight Women Friends?

From the title characters of “Will and Grace” to Kurt and Rachel on “Glee,” television comedies have picked up on an apparently widespread phenomenon: intense friendships between gay men and straight women. But in real life, what cements this often-close bond?

Newly published research provides a plausible, albeit partial, answer: their unique ability to provide clear-headed counsel regarding romantic relationships.

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