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African American Gay Men and Lesbians: Examining the Complexity of Gay Identity Development

Author: Martinez, Dorie Gilbert; Sullivan, Stonie C.
Author Background:
Date 1/1/98
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Human-Behavior-in-the-Social-Environment
Volume/Pages 1, 2-3, 243-264.
Subject Matter African American
Abstract Suggests that gay identity development & the coming-out process are uniquely constructed for African American gay men & lesbians, who may be multiply challenged by racial prejudice, limited acceptance by the African American community, & a lack of integration into the larger, white gay community. Race, African American culture, a continuum of gay cultures, gender, & individual characteristics are identified as salient variables that distinguish the gay identity experience of African American gays from that proposed by most gay identity models. The discussion is illustrated by four case examples, & implications for social work practice are considered. 58 References. Adapted from the source document