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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Communities

Esther D. Rothblum

in Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199765218
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979585 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.003.0021
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Communities

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It is common to hear reference to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender “communities.” But what exactly is meant by “community?” This chapter focuses on how community functions as a psychological entity, given that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people may not live in the same geographic area or have a common background. It shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people yearn for communities that are supportive of their needs, and often feel that these needs are not adequately met. For lesbians, bisexual women, gay men, and some transgender people, their geographic and emotional distance from families of origin and their relative disinterest in traditional religious organizations make alternative communities especially vital.

Keywords: homosexuals; community; alternative communities; families

Chapter.  8767 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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