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Marginalization of Gay and Lesbian Youth in the Black Community

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Homophobia has long been an issue in American society and although some efforts have been made to diminish the response, it still permeates a large part of American culture today. This paper examines the marginalization of Black gay and lesbian young adults because of homophobia through in-depth interviews. This paper explores the methods the youth use to confront and overcome the conflicts caused by their marginalization. An examination of this specific group is necessary because previous research has shown that differences in “race” play a significant role in determining the experiences of lesbian and gay individuals. This paper uses an intersectional perspective of race, class, gender, and generation to examine this marginalization, similar to the perspective used by Carissa Froyum in her article, “‘At Least I’m Not Gay’: Heterosexual Identity Making among Poor Black Teens.” This perspective will allow for the examination of Black gay and lesbian youths’ experiences not only in terms of race, but also in terms of gender and generation with the understanding that these different social locations greatly influence the experiences of those who encounter homophobia, as well as the attitudes of those who practice it. This paper attempts to demonstrate that, because of homophobia within the Black community, Black gay and lesbian young adults are marginalized and labeled as an inferior subgroup, thereby dividing the Black community.
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Vinson, Lisa. "Marginalization of Gay and Lesbian Youth in the Black Community" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 35th Annual National Council for Black Studies, The Westin, Cincinnati, OH, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493203_index.html>

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Vinson, L. "Marginalization of Gay and Lesbian Youth in the Black Community" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 35th Annual National Council for Black Studies, The Westin, Cincinnati, OH <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493203_index.html

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Abstract: Homophobia has long been an issue in American society and although some efforts have been made to diminish the response, it still permeates a large part of American culture today. This paper examines the marginalization of Black gay and lesbian young adults because of homophobia through in-depth interviews. This paper explores the methods the youth use to confront and overcome the conflicts caused by their marginalization. An examination of this specific group is necessary because previous research has shown that differences in “race” play a significant role in determining the experiences of lesbian and gay individuals. This paper uses an intersectional perspective of race, class, gender, and generation to examine this marginalization, similar to the perspective used by Carissa Froyum in her article, “‘At Least I’m Not Gay’: Heterosexual Identity Making among Poor Black Teens.” This perspective will allow for the examination of Black gay and lesbian youths’ experiences not only in terms of race, but also in terms of gender and generation with the understanding that these different social locations greatly influence the experiences of those who encounter homophobia, as well as the attitudes of those who practice it. This paper attempts to demonstrate that, because of homophobia within the Black community, Black gay and lesbian young adults are marginalized and labeled as an inferior subgroup, thereby dividing the Black community.


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