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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).

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Race, Religion, and Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage April 4, 2010

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Race, Religion, and Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage
Darren E. Sherkat, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Kylan Mattias de Vries, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Stacia Creek, Southern Illinois University CarbondaleObjective.

Race, religion and same sex marriage

We examine racial differences in support for same-sex marriage, and test whether the emerging black-white gap is a function of religiosity. We explore how religious factors play a crucial role in racial differences, and how secular factors have varying effects on attitudes for whites and African Americans.

Methods.

Using data from the General Social Surveys, we estimate ordinal logistic regression models and stacked structural equation models. Results. We show that the racial divide is a function of African Americans’ ties to sectarian Protestant religious denominations and high rates of church attendance. We also show racial differences in the influenceof education and political values on opposition to same sex marriage.

Conclusions.

Religious factors are a source of racial differences in support for same-sex marriage,and secular influences play less of a role in structuring African Americans’ beliefs about same-sex marriage.

The success of California’s Proposition 8 in 2008 was a stunning blow to progress on marital equality for same-sex couples. In the wake of this renunciation of marriage rights established by a decision of the California Supreme Court, activists, pundits, and scholars have pondered various factors that may have contributed to the success of Proposition 8. Perhaps the most controversial explanation has been that African-American opposition to same-sex marriage combined with high voter turnout in the presidential election supporting Barack Obama sealed the passage of Proposition 8.

SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY, Volume 91, Number 1, March 2010
by the Southwestern Social Science Association

“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.

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Gay Men and Workplace Friendships April 4, 2010

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Does this fit your experience at work? What do you think?

Nick Rumens

Abstract

Research shows that friendships are among the most important sources of support for gay men. Despite insights into how friends can be significant providers ofemotional, practical and affirmational support, particularly when gay men ‘comeout’ or experience discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, scholars have rarely considered the role of work friends in supporting gay men in the workplace.

This is remarkable given that work organisations remain challenging arenas for sexual minority employees to fashion a meaningful sense of self. Drawing on in-depth interview data with twenty-eight gay men employed in the UK, this article argues that gay men can rely on work friends for different forms of support in helping them to negotiate and sustain a viable sense of self. The findings show how the gender and sexuality of organisation influences which men and women are available as work friends, and the types of support they might give. Also, the affirmational support received from work friends is important not only for validating participants’ sexual identities, but also identities of class and parenthood. The study aims to complicate stereotypes of men’s workplace friendships as sources of support used largely for advancing careers and personal gain


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Studying Complex Families in Context April 4, 2010

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From ABBIE E. GOLDBERG Clark University

‘‘How Does the Gender of Parents Matter?’’ is an intriguing follow-up to Stacey and Biblarz’s meta-analysis of the research on lesbian and gay parenting, in which they asked the question ‘‘(How) does the sexual orientation of parents matter?’’ The authors concisely and thoughtfully summarize much of the research on lesbian and gay parenting and single parenting and raise some interesting questions about how, specifically, the gender of parents matters.

Their review stimulated me to consider several key, interrelated issues.

First, it prompted me to reflect upon the ways that we have chosen to think about and study gender. Specifically, Iwould like us to consider a lens that seeks to probe the intersections of gender with other relevant social categories and contexts, as opposed to a framework that aims to identifyhow gender operates ‘‘independent’’ of these.

Second, this review compelled me to consider some of the ways in which our definitions of family have caused us to overlook important elements of diversity within lesbian-parent and gay-parent families.

Third, I was prompted to consider how the data that we rely upon assources of knowledge—that is, quantitative and qualitative—necessarily shapes the conclusions we draw regarding the nature, meaning, and implications of gender and family. In my commentary, I discuss these three issues as they relate to the authors’ review.

For the entire article, here is the link

Studying Complex Families in Context

Religion’s Effect on Attitudes Toward LGBT April 3, 2010

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Sacred Rites and Civil Rights: Religion’s Effect on Attitudes Toward Same-Sex
Unions and the Perceived Cause of Homosexuality
As you might expect, those who believe that being gay is a choice are more likely to have  negative attitude.
Link to the entire publication religion and homosexuality

Does the Gender of Parents Matter? April 3, 2010

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Link to the entire publication Gender of Parents

This recent publication is an indepth study of parents. Heterosexual parents, lesbian parents, gay men parents. In general, two moms are better than one mom. Two parents are better than one parent. But the differences are slight and certainly nothing harmful. The paper also discusses how research about parenting has been twisted to be used against LGBT parents. Most research compares two parent families to one parent families. In general, life is tougher for families with one parent.

A quote from this paper.

Family Ideals and Ideal Families

The entrenched conviction that children need both a mother and a father inflames culture wars over single motherhood, divorce, gay marriage,and gay parenting. Research to date, however ,does not support this claim. (more…)

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

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…)