This qualitative study examined how 14 Latino men attending a large, public institution in California questioned and explored their sexual identities. There is a paucity of literature on the experiences of Latino male students who identify as gay and bisexual. Understanding how these students navigate this aspect of their identity development is important. The findings of this study suggested that the questioning process is a transition that alters relationships, routines, assumptions, and roles. Three themes were identified: how the participants (a) questioned and explored their sexuality, (b) balanced cultural expectations, (c) and came out. Some of the students in this study managed their identities within the Latino community and the gay community while others disengaged from their cultural values and upbringing.
|Commitee:||Ortiz, Anna M., Sanlo, Ronni|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Advance Studies in Education and Counseling|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||GLBT Studies, Psychology, Hispanic American studies, Higher education|
|Keywords:||California, College men, Latino men, Questioning, Sexual orientation, Sexual questioning|
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