What's Good about Being Gay?: Perspectives from Youth.

TitleWhat's Good about Being Gay?: Perspectives from Youth.
Publication TypePublication
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsHarper GW, Brodsky A, Bruce D
JournalJ LGBT Youth
Date Published2012 Winter

<p>This article explores gay and bisexual male adolescents' positive perceptions of their sexual orientation identity. In-depth qualitative interviews were conducted with an ethnically diverse sample of 63 gay/bisexual male adolescents in Chicago (N=42) and Miami (N=21). Data revealed two major conceptual categories: 1) positive personal conceptualizations of being gay/bisexual, and 2) resiliency in the face of gay-related oppression. Additional primary themes and sub-themes were identified within each category that further illustrate how gay/bisexual youth were able to develop positive conceptualizations of their sexual orientation despite experiencing negative societal messages about being gay/bisexual. Implications for the development of interventions to promote the health and well-being of gay/bisexual male youth are discussed.</p>

Alternate JournalJ LGBT Youth
PubMed ID22514751
PubMed Central IDPMC3326393
Grant ListU01 HD040474 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD040533 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD040533-10 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States