Self-identity can serve as a buffer for negative concept of self as well as possible psychological distress, for sexual minorities. This identity can become compounded when social constructs like race and gender are explored. The current study addressed the void in the research concerning Black, bisexual, women. The purpose of this qualitative descriptive case study was to explore possible meanings that Black, sexual minority, women (BSMW) give to their senses of identity, where race, gender, and sexual orientation were concerned, through use of an intersectional approach. The study utilized a qualitative, holistic, descriptive multiple-case-study design, to answer three research questions, RQ1: What meaning do women attribute to their memberships within Black, sexual minority identity groups?; RQ2: What importance does intersectionality have on Black, sexual minority women’s identity?; RQ3: How do differences between the perceptions of sexual orientation inform Black women’s gendered racial identity across settings? The sample included twelve Black, bisexual women, who participated in semi-structured interviews. Meta-analysis was implored to derive four themes from participant responses. These themes were: R1; umbrella of oppression, R2; Totality versus Individuality, and R3; Invisibility which align with the Intersectionality framework. Based on the findings of this study, it was recommended that there is active discourse within applied and academic settings where race and gender are concerned. It was also recommended that adopted sexual labels are respected and that careful attention is made to refrain from categorizing plurisexual identities into an overarching label of bisexuality. Suggestions for future research could ensure that time is devoted to sampling in order to recruit large participant samples, secondly, investigating the mental health of Black, bisexual women to explore whether their identity serves as a factor for negative mental outcomes, and place inquiry into whether sexual orientation serves as a contributing factor for possible differences amongst the findings vis-à-vis Black, lesbian, women and Black, bisexual women, where Black, lesbian women were regarded as “race traitors” when gay and interracially dating. The current study contributed to the discussion regarding bisexualism and self-identity, for African American women, moreover, what it means to identify as a Black, sexual minority, woman.
|Commitee:||Goodin, Joel Bryant, McNamara, Patrick|
|Department:||School of Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Gender studies, Black studies, Sexuality|
|Keywords:||Bisexual women, Bisexuality, Black women, Intersectionality, Polysexual, Social constructs|
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