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Attitudes of Black and White College Students Toward LGBT September 26, 2009

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The Attitudes of Black and White College Students Toward Gays and Lesbians

Morris Jenkins, Morris.Jenkins@Utoledo.eduEric G. Lambert, David N. Baker

University of Toledo

Despite greater acceptance of gay rights and relationships in recent decades, significant homophobia still exists in the U.S. population. There are consistent demographic differences in levels of homophobia; specifically, men, older persons, less educated persons, and conservatives tend to be more homophobic than women, younger persons, more highly educated persons, and liberals.

Additionally, there is a perception that Blacks are more homophobic than Whites, and that this difference is because of the importance of religion in the Black community, another factor frequently associated with homophobic attitudes.

This perception has not been empirically tested to any great extent. In the current study of 551 Midwestern college students, both independent t-test results and ordinary least squares (OLS) regression analysis find that there are no significant racial differences between Black and White students in indexes measuring views toward, rights for, and willingness to socialize with gays and lesbians. Gender is a significant predictor of homophobia for both groups, although age and measures for the importance of religion are significant predictors for White students only.

This version was published on March 1, 2009

Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 39, No. 4, 589-613 (2009)
DOI: 10.1177/0021934707299638

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