Fredrick, Emma G., Williams, Stacey L.
11 April 2017
Of growing interest in the study of sexual minority experiences is the concept of community connectedness. Community connectedness reflects the cognitive and affective components of being affiliated with a particular community of similar others. Within the limited work that has been done, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community connectedness has typically been looked at as a predictor of positive outcomes, such as increased psychological well-being. However, there is limited evidence that LGBT community connectedness may be related to higher levels of substance use. This study aimed to explore the relationship that LGBT community connectedness has with alcohol use, taking into account a variety of potential confounding variables, including race, socioeconomic status, religiosity, and positive feelings towards one's sexual orientation. A total of 243 sexual minority participants (19.8% asexual, 29.2% bisexual, 22.2% gay/lesbian, 16.0% pansexual, and 12.8% other) were gathered through the use of targeted online social media advertising. A directed acyclic graph (DAG) was created to identify implications regarding variable covariance. Following the creation of the DAG, the implications were tested using bivariate correlations and the DAG was adjusted based on significant statistical relationships between variables. After the testing of the implications, we tested the hypothesis that LGBT community connectedness would predict alcohol use by regressing alcohol use on community connectedness controlling for the confounding variables identified using the DAG (age, LGB positive identity, race, religiosity, SES, and sexual orientation). The variables accounted for 11.37% variance in alcohol use, and higher community connectedness predicted more alcohol use (b=0.81, SEB=0.33, p=0.01). While connection to the LGBT community is typically explored as a positive form of social support, the current work found positive relationship between community connectedness and alcohol use for sexual minorities. The relationship between LGBT community connectedness and alcohol use should be explored in more depth to understand the pathways between a sense of connection and alcohol use. The work may indicate the need for non-alcohol based LGBT spaces to be more prevalent, so that community connection is not reliant on the use of alcohol-based spaces such as gay bars.
Varför är det så svårt? - En studie av kulturhistoriska museers arbete med hbtq-perspektiv i samlingar / Why is it so Difficult? - A Study of How Cultural History Museums Work to Include the Cultural Heritage of the LGBT Community in Their CollectionsLendi, Charlotte January 2014 (has links)
The aim of this two years master’s thesis in Archive, Library and Museum Studies is to analyse how Swedish cultural history museums work to include LGBTQ-heritage (LGBT is the acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) in their collections. This work is articulated around three research questions. These interrogate museum practice about collecting and collection management, what it looks like in the already gathered collections as well as the implications such work implies on a broader level. The theoretical framework throughout the paper is gender and LGBT studies as well as queer theory. The analytical tools that have been used are bias-theory (Carruthers 1987), stereotyping (Pickering 2003) and classification theory (Bowker & Leigh Star 2000). Seven interviews form the main empirical material that is analysed in order to grasp museums collecting practice and collection management. Today’s museums practice is influenced by the new trends in democratic representation and seeks therefore to include new narratives that include the LGBTQ community. Museums are either collecting new material with connection to the LGBTQ community or look inwards in order to reinterpret older collections and maybe find a link to it. Both strategies rouse questions that are discussed in this paper. How to classify and document that material as well as selection processes and the traditional museums relation to the alternative collecting practice as the grassroots organizations stand for are discussed in the thesis.
The purpose of this study is to lift and highlight the problem battered gay men face when they seek help for domestic violence in partner relationship. One thing that can make it more difficult to seek help can be because the accepted sexual norm in society is the heterosexual orientation. The study has a qualitative approach, which contain four semi structured interviews with professionals who works in the domestic violence field. The material from the interviews have been analyzed and seven themes appeared during the process, Exclusion, authority/organization, professionals, heterosexual norm and other stereotypes, cooperating, marketing and availability. Research shows that homosexual men does not have the same availability for seeking help due to society’s heterosexual norm. Gay men are afraid not to be taken seriously in the meeting with professionals due to the masculinity and heterosexual stereotypes. Not all domestic violence shelters and crisis center welcomes victims with a homosexual orientation. Organizations who welcomes all different sexual orientations aren’t good at marketing themselves which makes it hard for LGBT people to know where they can seek help without the fear of not be taken seriously. My data shows a need of raising the subject about homosexual men’s vulnerability when seeking help for domestic violence and include every sexual orientation in organizations marketing ads. The conclusion of the report is the need of raising competence among professionals due to different sexual orientations and the following vulnerabilities. Also, be norm critical in the professional role about sexuality and masculinity. So, everyone no matter what sexual orientation easily accessible help when victims have been exposed for domestic violence.
Prentiss, Apryl D.
05 May 2010
Drawing from observation, autoethnography, ethnographic research and audio-taped interviews, this thesis explores the complicated and emotionally charged relationship between homosexuality and Christianity. The current culture war being waged in the media between the Religious Right and members of the LGBT community often results in the isolation and rejection of those who would define themselves as gay Christians. This thesis explores the role of the Bible as it informs and catalyzes this war and other foundational beliefs used as weapons in this rhetorical conflict. Additionally, this thesis analyzes the current battle between the church and the social movement for change in light of the historical battles fought over similar movements. The rhetoric of Christianity, specifically Fundamentalist rhetoric, has been emphatically defended and then dramatically changed in every such battle. Is this a possible resolution for today’s current battle? The thesis explores the historical basis and current application of rhetorical effects on this conflict through the author’s insight as a veteran of both worlds, interviews with major players in the battle such as Randy Thomas and Kristin Tremba of Exodus International and interviews with people who step on the battlefield everyday as pastors, congregants or observers in the fight. With each interview or rhetorical analysis, the viability of dialogue between these two groups is questioned and investigated.
”Homosexualitet är någonting hemskt och jag är på grund av det helt värdelös.” : Homosexuella personers upplevelser och hantering av minoritetsstress i Sverige / ”Homosexuality is something awful and because of that I am completely worthless.” : The Experiences and Coping of Minority Stress, among Lesbians and Gays in SwedenMalinowska, Marcelina, Stolt, David January 2019 (has links)
Syftet med denna examensuppsats var att kvalitativt undersöka upplevelsen av minoritetsstress samt dess påverkan och hantering hos homosexuella i Sverige. Detta gjordes genom semistrukturerade intervjuer med tio personer i åldern 22 till 44 år, vars berättelser analyserades med hjälp av en tematisk analys. Resultatet visar på en utbredd upplevelse av minoritetsstress inom flera områden i samhället och livet. Minoritetsstressen berodde på alltifrån hat och avståndstagande, diskriminering, utanförskap, heteronormativt bemötande, exotifiering och internaliserad homofobi till problem vid kontakt med myndigheter, vård och juridik. Minoritetsstressen upplevdes ge en sämre psykisk hälsa, ge upphov till komplexa negativa känslor, begränsa livsutrymmet, dränera energi samt ge upphov till en förhöjd rädsla och vaksamhet för potentiellt ofarliga situationer. Strategier för hantering av minoritetsstressen omfattade allt från socialt stöd, arbete med sin självbild och gränssättning till engagemang för hbtq+- frågor. Informanternas vittnesmål gick i linje med internationell forskning på samma område och kunde vidare förstås när de ställdes bredvid tidigare fynd och teorier kring minoritetsstress och hanteringsstrategier. Vittnesmålen visade även på minoritetsstressens komplexa verkan och genes. Resultatet indikerar ett stort behov av kunskap om homosexuellas utsatthet och livsvillkor inom samhällets alla arenor. Vidare forskning rörande minoritetsstressens omfattning, intersektion med andra minoritetspositioner samt fördjupning kring de olika delområden denna examensuppsats har berört bedöms nödvändig i framtiden. / Minoritetsstress hos hbtqi-personer: Upplevelser och coping
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