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African-American lesbian identity management and identity development in the context of family and community.

Authors
  • Miller, Shannon J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of homosexuality
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2011
Volume
58
Issue
4
Pages
547–563
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2011.556937
PMID: 21442545
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Don't Ask, Don't Tell is gaining attention in family studies literature as a cultural specific context to understand lesbian, gay, and bisexual visibility in African-American families and communities. This policy suggests that sexual minorities are accepted within African-American families and communities as long as they do not label themselves or acknowledge publicly that they engage in same-sex relationships. The narratives of two African-American lesbians (aged 26 and 27 years) are chronicled in the present study to reveal their lesbian identity development, lesbian identity management, and how they defined and navigated Don't Ask, Don't Tell. They encountered challenges and successes in a quest to find communities that would embrace and affirm their multiple marginalized identities. Their stories are offered as a point of entry to further inquiry concerning African-American lesbian visibility and identity proclamation within African-American families and communities.

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