Race and Ethnicity among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Communities

Bianca D. M. Wilson and Gary W. Harper

in Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199765218
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979585 | DOI:
Race and Ethnicity among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Communities

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This chapter is aimed at reviewing, discussing, and providing an overview of the field of psychology’s current status concerning the study of one configuration of multiple identities with regard to two core social statuses, race/ethnicity and sexuality. The first part describes the few theories and conceptual frameworks that psychologists have put forth to explain the ways race and ethnicity influence the varied experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, as well as empirical research supporting these frameworks. In particular, it examines theoretical frameworks addressing multiple oppressions; cultural contexts; and queer theory, discourse theory, and challenging hegemony. The second part offers recommendations for how to move the field forward with regard to more sensitive and nuanced explorations of the lived experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people of color. This section explores both conceptual/theoretical issues to examine in future research as well as methodological issues to consider in such explorations.

Keywords: psychological research; race; ethnicity; sexuality; sexual minorities; lesbians; gays; bisexuals; homosexuals; empirical research

Chapter.  11703 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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