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ERIC Number: EJ865736
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0160-7960
Multiple Identity Considerations among African American Christian Men Experiencing Same-Sex Attraction
Yarhouse, Mark A.; Nowacki-Butzen, Stephanie; Brooks, D. Fredrica
Counseling and Values, v54 n1 p17-31 Oct 2009
The authors explored the experiences of African American men who identified as Christian and experienced same-sex attraction. Participants completed an online questionnaire addressing experiences of same-sex attraction; meaning attributed to their attractions; the sharing of their experiences with others; and perceptions regarding the intersection of their faith, race, and sexual identity. Most respondents (61.5%) felt different from their peers for gender-related reasons, and most (80.8%) had had homoerotic experiences during the teenage years. Over 40% of participants indicated that their primary identity was Christian, and several shared their experience sorting out attributions and meanings associated with same-sex attraction in light of their racial and/or religious identities. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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