Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The intersectionality of being a sexual minority and an atheist
by Le, Anita Marie, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 68; 1587910
Abstract (Summary)

One major conflict some lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals face is how to maintain their religious affiliations while developing their sexual identity. Some of these individuals choose to reject theist ideology altogether. Very little is known about the atheist and theist differences among the LBG populations. This study aimed to explore relationship challenges that LGB individuals face when having differing religious ideologies from their parents. In addition, the study addressed the need to examine additive links of multiple potential oppressive forces when identifying as a LGB atheist.

The study found that all participants perceived having relationship strain when having a theist parent. However, participants who identified as atheists had more relationship strain than participants who shared the same theistic belief as their parents. Most participants were not “out of the closet” and reported the greatest relationship strain in almost all subscales.

The implications for social work practice is to emphasize the importance of theist belief, or lack there of, in family dynamics. In addition, social workers must advocate in religious institutions for civil treatment not only for LGB but for atheists as well.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brocato, Jo
Commitee: Nagai, Chikako, Washington, Thomas A.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Social work, GLBT Studies
Keywords: Atheism, Intersectionality, Lgb, Relationship strain, Religious conflict, Theism
Publication Number: 1587910
ISBN: 9781321723809
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