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Transgender Youth and Resilience April 9, 2010

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Development, Risk, and Resilience of Transgender Youth

Kimberly A. Stieglitz, PhD, RN, PNP-BC
(Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care,
-, 1-15) Copyright  2010 Association of Nurses in AIDS Care


Transgender youth are a group of people who are interesting, curious, passionate, and self-motivated. Like their peers, transgender youth strive for independence and take risks. However, they experience some unique challenges in figuring out who they are and who they are attracted to in a society that does not understand them.

The stigma they face because of different gender identity expression places them at high risk for becoming victims of discrimination,verbal harassment, and physical violence.The purpose of this article is to explore and describe the literature on the childhood developmentof gender identity and social reactions to nonconforming gender behavior, which in part explain behaviors that place transgender youth at high risk for HIV infection. Related topics include a discussion of common terms used in this article, typical gender identity and sexual development, challenges to development experienced by transgender youth, and HIV risks in transgender youth. The concept of resilience is introduced as a counterbalance for assessment and intervention in practice and future research with transgender youth.

Creating LGBT Acceptance at Work April 4, 2010

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Even if your workplace has non-discrimination policies and great benefits for same-sex couples, that might not be reflected in the daily behavior of employees or management. If you are straight, this article describes some things that you can do. If you are LGBT, the article also describes some things that you can do.

Everyone deserves to be themselves at work. (Except for the guy who talks really loud four rows down from my cubicle. Indoor voices please.)

For the entire article, click here.

LGBT change in organizations

And now for an excerpt.

Non-LGBT Employees as Change Agents

Heterosexual individuals who are accepting and supportive of gays and lesbians, often called ‘‘allies,’’ can also contribute to a more inclusive work environment. The culture and climate of an organization is determined in part by the social norms of the individuals working there. Thus, creating an environment that is inclusive often requires that the individuals within the organization understand that prejudices and discriminatory behaviors are not socially accepted by the majority of employees.

Although these norms can be established formally by the organization (as outlined in King and Cortina, 2010), they can also be established by individuals. Recent research has shown just how effective individuals can be in influencing their peers to express inclusive beliefs.

For instance, Zitek and Hebl (2007) found that modeling positive attitudes toward gay individuals leads others to similarly model such positive attitudes. Hence, allies within organizations who openly support LGBT policies model norms for others and may be particularly effective when others do not have strong LGBT-related beliefs (see Zitek & Hebl,2007).

A call for psychologists to speak up for laws against employment discrimination. April 4, 2010

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A call for psychologists to speak up for laws against employment discrimination.

Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 3 (2010), 69–78.Copyright © 2010

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 1754-9426/09

FOCAL ARTICLE  Click here to read the entire article LGBT employment

The Social and Economic Imperative of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,and Transgendered Supportive Organizational Policies

EDEN B. KING AND JOSE´ M. CORTINA

George Mason University

Abstract

The central premise of this article is that organizations have social and economic interests in building policies and practices that support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) workers. This argument is based on empirical evidence that (a) LGBT workers continue to face discrimination at work from which they are not protected under federal law, and (b) discrimination has negative consequences for individual’s mental and physical health, and on reasoning that (c) organizations share responsibility for the social good of the communities in which they operate. We offer practical suggestions for creating LGBT-supportive organizations and propose that industrial–organizational psychologists have an ethical obligation to support such efforts.

“Killing the Messenger”: Religious Black Gay Men’s Neutralization of Anti-Gay Religious Messages April 4, 2010

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“Killing the Messenger”: Religious Black Gay Men’s Neutralization of Anti-Gay Religious Messages

RICHARD N. PITT

Sociology Department Vanderbilt University

I use cognitive dissonance theory as a framework to examine coping strategies used by men endeavoring to maintain a coherent sense of themselves as gay Christians. Using interviews with black gay Christian men, I uncover a strategy used to maintain that identity in the face of stigmatizing religious rhetoric. While these men have managedto reconcile their religious and sexual identities, sermons delivered by church leaders disrupt that reconciliation, causing them to have to neutralize these anxiety-inducing attitudes.

This study shows that they focus accusations of illegitimacy on the speaker rather than the doctrine by denigrating the speakers’ knowledge, morality, focus,and motivations. In this way, they neutralize the sting of churches’ negative messages by neutralizing the moral authority of the churches’ messengers. These findings offer new insight into how parishioners persist in religious communities in which their sexual behaviors or identities are condemned.

INTRODUCTION

I stopped wrestling with [being gay and Christian] some years ago once I realized that I’m no different than anyone else except for who I have sex with. God loves me the same as He does everyone else, you know? If itwere to cross my mind, it usually happened when I heard a minister condemning those who are living this lifestyle and I’d wonder how they can preach love and forgiveness and have no compassion for those who are different.

Click here to read the entire article Black and Anti-gay Messages

Wrong data used to claim gays make poor parents April 3, 2010

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Link to the entire article here. Ideal Families From the Journal of Marriage and Family, February issue

A quote from the beginning of this article.

The fundamental conviction that children need both a mother and a father in the home dominates bipartisan family discourse and influences weighty social policy in the United States.What’s more, proponents of this view, including some social scientists, assert social science legitimacy for this claim. The preamble to the 1996 Welfare Reform Act (PersonalResponsibility and Work Opportunity ReconciliationAct of 1996, Pub. L. No. 104 – 193, 110Stat. 2105, 1996) asserts just that.

The Federal Marriage Initiative that diverts money from welfare to promoting heterosexual marriage rests on this premise. On these grounds, the New York Court of Appeals rejected a suit for same-sex marriage (Hernandez v. Robles, 2006), proponent sof Proposition 8 convinced California voters to overturn their state supreme court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage (McKinley& Goodstein, 2008), and the state of Florida successfully defended its ban on gay adoption rights (Lofton v. Kearney, 2005).

Some familycourt judges still deny child custody to divorced lesbian parents on these grounds. Although such family values are generally identified with the Republican Party and the Bush administration, former President Clinton signed the welfare bill and the Defense of Marriage Act, and President Obama has repeated similar claims and statistics about children’s needs for fathers and has continued many Bush-era marriage promotion policies.

The social science research that is routinely cited, however, does not actually speak to the question of whether or not children need both a mother and a father at home. Instead, proponents generally cite research that compares such families with single parents, thus conflating the number with the gender of parents. At the same time, recurrent claims about the risks of fatherlessness routinely ignore research on same-gender parents that actually can speak directly to the issue.

Women Partners of Transgender Men Doing Housework and Emotion Work April 3, 2010

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‘Women’s Work’’? Women Partners of Transgender Men Doing Housework and Emotion Work
CARLA A. PFEFFER Purdue University North Central

Journal of Marriage and Family, February 2010

Despite increasing family studies research on same-sex cohabiters and families, the literature is virtually devoid of transgender and transsexual families. To bridge this gap, I present qualitative research narratives on household labor and emotion work from 50 women partners of transgender and transsexual men. Contrary to much literature on ‘‘same-sex’’ couples,the division of household labor and emotion work within these contemporary families cannot simply be described as egalitarian. Further, although the forms of emotion work and ‘‘gender strategies,’’ ‘‘family myths,’’ and ‘‘accounts’’with which women partners of trans men engage resonate with those from women in (non-trans)heterosexual and lesbian couples, they are also distinct, highlighting tensions among personal agency, politics, and structural inequalities in family life.
Purdue University North Central, Department of SocialSciences, Schwarz Hall 30G, 1401 S US Hwy. 421,Westville, IN 46391 (cpfeffer@pnc.edu).

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Women Partners of Transgender Men

Attitudes Toward Gays and Lesbians Among Undergraduate Social Work Students March 27, 2010

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This is why I started this blog. Research shows over and over that people who think sexual orientation is a choice tend to have negative attitudes.

Attitudes Toward Gays and Lesbians Among Undergraduate Social Work Students

Eric Swank

Morehead State University, Kentucky, e.swank@morehead-st.edu

Lisa Raiz

Ohio State University, Columbus, raiz.l@osu.edu

This article identifies the factors behind students’ attitudes toward lesbian and gay individuals on the basis of the responses of 575 heterosexual undergraduates from 12 social work programs in the United States. Consistent with attribution theory, the findings suggest that the belief that sexual orientation is a choice is the strongest predictor of responses to gays and lesbians. The precepts of social learning theory and the intergroup contact hypothesis were also substantiated because sexual prejudice was lower among students with ‘‘gay-friendly’’ parents and numerous interactions with homosexual peers. Finally, negative interpretations of gay men and lesbians were higher for students who embraced authoritarian orientations and traditional gender-role beliefs and attended religious services more frequently. Implications for educators in the university environment and the classroom are presented.

Key Words: attitudes toward lesbians and gay men • attribution theory • religiosity • same-sex relationships • undergraduates

Affilia, Vol. 25, No. 1, 19-29 (2010)
DOI: 10.1177/0886109909356058

Bans on Gay Marriage Can Harm Your Mental Health January 17, 2010

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Banning gay marriage is bad for your psychological well being and correlates to living in states with a ban.

Says who? Says Yale University.

Am J Public Health. 2010 Jan 14. [Epub ahead of print]

The Impact of Institutional Discrimination on Psychiatric Disorders in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations: A Prospective Study.

Hatzenbuehler ML, McLaughlin KA, Keyes KM, Hasin DS. (more…)

Kids with single parent, lesbian parents and heterosexual parents January 17, 2010

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Again,  just another quick post from this weekends search for new articles. This is only the abstract. But it has one interesting conclusion, highlighted below in blue. Bottom line: Kids who grow up with moms, one mom or two moms, turn out just fine.

Human Reproduction. 2010 Jan;25(1):150-7. Epub 2009 Oct 19.

Children raised in mother-headed families from infancy: a follow-up of children of lesbian and single heterosexual mothers, at early adulthood.

Golombok S, Badger S. (more…)

NARTH Misuses Scientific Research December 26, 2009

Posted by Geekgirl in A Biologist Speaks, psychology.
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