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Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation$
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Charlotte J. Patterson and Anthony R. D'Augelli

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199765218

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.001.0001

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Race and Ethnicity among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Communities

Race and Ethnicity among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Communities

(p.281) 20 Race and Ethnicity among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Communities
Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation

Bianca D. M. Wilson

Gary W. Harper

Oxford University Press

This chapter is aimed at reviewing, discussing, and providing an overview of the field of psychology’s current status concerning the study of one configuration of multiple identities with regard to two core social statuses, race/ethnicity and sexuality. The first part describes the few theories and conceptual frameworks that psychologists have put forth to explain the ways race and ethnicity influence the varied experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, as well as empirical research supporting these frameworks. In particular, it examines theoretical frameworks addressing multiple oppressions; cultural contexts; and queer theory, discourse theory, and challenging hegemony. The second part offers recommendations for how to move the field forward with regard to more sensitive and nuanced explorations of the lived experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people of color. This section explores both conceptual/theoretical issues to examine in future research as well as methodological issues to consider in such explorations.

Keywords:   psychological research, race, ethnicity, sexuality, sexual minorities, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, homosexuals, empirical research

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