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Resolving Internalized Homophobia From Religious Sources September 28, 2009

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I’m sorry that all I have is the abstract for this paper. I will try to get a copy. If anyone out there has access, please let me know.

“God Made Me Gay for a Reason”

Young Men Who Have Sex With Men’s Resiliency in Resolving Internalized Homophobia From Religious Sources

Katrina Kubicek  Community, Health Outcomes, and Intervention Research Program, Saban Research Institute, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, kkubicek@chla.usc.edu

Bryce McDavitt  AIDS Project Los Angeles

Julie Carpineto  Community, Health Outcomes, and Intervention Research Program, Saban Research Institute, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

George Weiss  Community, Health Outcomes, and Intervention Research Program, Saban Research Institute, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Ellen F. Iverson  Community, Health Outcomes, and Intervention Research Program, Saban Research Institute, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Michele D. Kipke  Community, Health Outcomes, and Intervention Research Program, Saban Research Institute, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Research investigating the role of religion in the lives of young men who have sex with men (YMSM) is limited. Given the unique developmental stage of emerging adults and the fact that most religions have restrictions on homosexual behavior, it is important to understand how YMSM integrate their sexual and religious/spiritual identities. Drawing upon a longitudinal, mixed methods study, we explore the role of religion and spirituality in the lives of a sample of YMSM. Presented are descriptions of messages about homosexuality from religious contexts and how these messages are internalized. The process used to resolve the conflict between these messages and their sexual identity is then described. Findings discuss how to help YMSM retain the more supportive and nurturing aspects of religion to integrate their sexual and religious identities for a functional support system.

Key Words: religion • spirituality • gay • young men who have sex with men • internalized homophobia

Journal of Adolescent Research, Vol. 24, No. 5, 601-633 (2009)
DOI: 10.1177/0743558409341078

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