By Juan Battle, Antonio (Jay) Pastrana Jr., Angelique Harris

This ebook makes use of own narratives and survey info from over 2,100 respondents to discover the variety of reviews throughout Black LGBT groups in the usa. The authors record and have fun a few of the daily strengths and techniques hired by way of this notable inhabitants to navigate and negotiate their day-by-day lives.

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40% Out to all In their religious communities. Of Black LGBT SJS Survey respondents were RELIGION The role of religion in the coming out process of LGBT people has not yet been determined. That is, though there are certainly some palpable and vocal forms of bigotry present in some religious contexts, LGBT individuals are still coming out and challenging these perceptions. Indeed, some are also forming and finding religious settings 3 COMING OUT AND BEING OUT 33 where people are accepting of LGBT existence.

A Survey of LGBT Americans: Attitudes, Experiences, and Values in Changing Times. pewsocialtrends. pdf. Pew Research Center, 2013b. Americans Less Accepting of Homosexuality than Other Westerners—Religion may be One Reason. Retrieved from http://www. org/fact-tank/2013/06/12/americans-are-less-accepting-ofhomosexuality-than-canadians-western-europeans-and-religion-may-be-oneexplanation/. Public Religion Research Institute. 2014. A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-Sex Marriage and LGBT Issues.

Forty-three-year-old Wayne simply stated, “I wouldn’t say religion defines my life; it was more for my parents, my folks. ” Similar to Wayne, most Black SJS respondents were raised in religious homes where they not only frequently attended religious services but were also actively engaged in other church activities. This is not surprising since 72% of Black children, more than in any other racial group, attend weekly church services (Dye 2004). ” Some make a clear distinction between religiosity and spirituality and tend to identify more with the latter.

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