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Journal of Homosexuality

Steve D Mobley, Jennifer M Johnson
Within higher education literature, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have been lauded for their exceptional ability to provide African American students with culturally engaging academic and social environments. While the aforementioned may be true, much of this literature presents HBCU students and these institutions as monolithic entities, with little regard to the ways social identities (e.g. gender, gender identity, and sexual identities) shape students' undergraduate experiences. This investigation uses Critical Discourse Analysis to explore the media's coverage and reactions to the Morehouse College Appropriate Attire Policy in order to examine how their campus stakeholders problematized gender expression within this HBCU context...
June 21, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
Feliciano Villar, Rodrigo Serrat, Montserrat Celdrán, Josep Fabà, M Teresa Martínez
This study aims at exploring staff perceptions of common and best practices toward a situation in which an older resident discloses their non-heterosexual sexual identity, differentiating between gay men, lesbians and bisexuals. A total of 2,254 staff members from 96 Spanish long-term care facilities took part in the study. They were asked about what do they think most of their workmates would do and what they think should be done in a situation in which an older resident discloses his/her non-heterosexual sexual orientation...
June 21, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
Rayner K J Tan
There exists a paucity of research on the psychosocial risk factors of HIV/AIDS among men who have sex with men (MSM) in settings where they are stigmatized or face prosecution. The present study investigates discrimination against people living with HIV (PLHIV), internalized homophobia, HIV/AIDS personal responsibility beliefs and HIV knowledge in a purposive sample of 106 self-identified MSM obtained through a web-based survey disseminated by two voluntary welfare organizations. Results indicate that internalized homophobia is positively associated with discrimination against PLHIV...
June 21, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
Jaime Hartless
Gay bars have long been understood as havens from heteronormativity. However, a shift towards greater LGBTQ tolerance has led to more heterosexual involvement in these once marginal places. Such shifts towards 'post-gay' identity politics have called into question the queerness of many LGBTQ-oriented social outlets. This paper illustrates how rhetorical marketing and aesthetic choices lead some venues to develop reputations as questionably queer spaces-reputations that are created and negotiated by patrons as they evaluate these venues' ultimate functionality in relation to their own increasingly uncertain ideals about the form and desirability of queer spaces...
June 21, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
Todd G Morrison, Mark Kiss, C J Bishop, Melanie A Morrison
Using a combination of personal reflections, published literature, and original empirical research, we argue that the disgust triggered by gay men's sexual practices (specifically, anal intercourse) is a critical, though overlooked, contributor to heterosexual men and women's homonegativity (i.e., negative attitudes and behaviours directed toward men that are or are perceived to be gay). We conclude our paper by articulating several directions for future inquiry which we believe will advance current understanding of prejudice and discrimination directed toward gay men...
June 19, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
Nathian Shae Rodriguez
This analytic autoethnography explores identity negotiation in on-air media personalities in West Texas by augmenting the author's personal experience with the lived experiences of five other gay radio/television on-air personalities. Employing the communication of identity theory, results indicate conflicts between the personal and communal frames, the relational and communal frames, and the enactment frame with all other frames. Strategies used to help navigate these conflicts include employment of hegemonic masculinity norms, self-monitoring and assimilation...
June 12, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
Logan Hood, Devon Sherrell, Carla A Pfeffer, Emily S Mann
Access to inclusive, equitable healthcare is central to the well-being of all college students and their environments, yet little is known about LGBTQ students' experiences with university health services. In this article, individual interviews with a convenience sample of fourteen LGBTQ-identified students at a large public university in the South were analyzed in order to explore their perceptions of and experiences with the university's health center and its services. Our findings demonstrate that the university is not adequately meeting their healthcare needs...
June 12, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
Nancy L Malcom, Nicole Sheahan
Charlotte Zolotow's 1972 storybook William's doll introduced us to a young boy who wanted nothing more than a baby doll of his own to hug, cuddle, and love. Since that time other children's picture books featuring gender non-conforming boys have been published, telling stories about boys who dance, cook, and prefer to wear dresses. This qualitative research examines twenty of these books, published between 1972 and 2014. We analyze the themes and messages found in these books, paying particular attention to how the portrayals have changed over time...
June 12, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
Jordan F Miller
In this article, I discuss how transnormativity can be disrupted by not exaggerating the physical aspects of medical transition and by engaging in conversations around consequential sources of tension within gender and sexual minority communities, namely linguistic understandings of trans and gendered racism within white, gay cisgender communities toward trans communities of color. This study is based on qualitative interviews with six trans YouTubers; these interviews were complemented by analyses of these YouTubers' videos and select comments on these videos...
June 12, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
Olga Petri
This paper explores queer sexual policing in late Imperial St. Petersburg (c.1900-1917). The focus is on the street-level constables who bore the principal responsibility for policing male homosexual offences in the city's public and semi-public spaces. This emphasis on the street-level policing of homosexuality contrasts with other discussions of gay urban history and the oppression of queer men by the authorities. The paper draws on new evidence from precinct-level police archives to complement and challenge previous discussions of queer sexual policing in the Imperial capital...
June 8, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
Maria Manuela Peixoto
Research on male sexual desire and satisfaction, according to sexual orientation remains insufficient. An online-survey was fulfilled by 415 men (142 gay; 273 heterosexual), and participants completed the SDI-2 and the GMSEX. Main findings suggested that gay men scored significantly higher on both solitary sexual desire and attractive person-related dyadic sexual desire subscales, but not on partner-related dyadic sexual desire subscale, compared to heterosexual men. Despite sexual orientation, partner-related dyadic sexual desire positively predicts sexual satisfaction, whereas solitary and attractive person-related dyadic sexual desire negatively predicts sexual satisfaction in men...
June 4, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
Jamal H Essayli, Jessica M Murakami, Janet D Latner
The present study explored the perceived sexual orientation of hypothetical men and women with various eating disorders and obesity. Undergraduates were randomly provided with one vignette describing a male or female with anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), binge-eating disorder, or obesity and asked about the target's likely sexual orientation. Significant differences emerged between male and female targets with AN and BN on the forced-choice question, with a greater percentage of participants indicating that the male targets were probably non-heterosexual...
June 4, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
Amber K Lupo, Michael A Zárate
Prejudice change manipulations rarely produce the expected attitude change effects. Our research suggests that attitude change depends on time-dependent memory consolidation processes. This study tested the effects of group information and time on perceptions of gays and lesbians. Heterosexual participants (N = 90) were randomly assigned to a condition where their ingroup, or an outgroup, included gay and lesbian individuals. We measured participants' gay and lesbian political attitudes and evaluations of the groups' members at a short- or long-delay...
June 4, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
Kanika K Ahuja, Megha Dhillon, Anisha Juneja, Siksha Deepak, Garima Srivastava
Prejudice against gay and lesbian persons remains largely an unaddressed issue in India. This experimental study involved designing, implementing and assessing the effectiveness of an intervention to foster positive attitudes towards the homosexual community among Indian college students. The experimental group (n = 60) received a three component module including perspective taking, education and direct contact with gay and lesbian persons. Attitudes towards homosexuals, empathy and self esteem were measured using standardized questionnaires fifteen days before the intervention and immediately following the intervention...
June 4, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
Emma R Bosley-Smith, Corinne Reczek
This qualitative study examines how mid-life gay and lesbian married individuals articulate their decision to marry. Using 2013 data from 30 mid-life couples in Massachusetts, this study challenges previous literature that conceptualized marriage as entirely positive or negative for same-sex individuals. Mid-life individuals' unique social and historical context influence their experiences of marriage, as mid-life individuals have witnessed the rise and feasibility of marriage equality, have formed relationships outside of the bounds of marriage, and have been in committed relationships long before they married...
April 3, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
Meghan K Halbrook, Jack C Watson, Dana K Voelker
Despite reports that there has been a positive trend in perception and treatment of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals in recent years (Griffin, 2012 ; Loftus, 2001 ), sport, in general, is still an uncertain, and sometimes even hostile, environment for LGB athletes (Anderson, 2005 ; Waldron & Krane, 2005 ). To gain more information on coach understanding and perceptions of the team environment, 10 high school head coaches in the United States were interviewed to explore their experiences coaching openly LGB athletes...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
Adam J Greteman, Sam Stiegler
In this article, the authors explore the work of becoming queer within the Millennial generation. Collaborative in nature, their investigation turns to three key popular-culture texts of the 1990s-Will & Grace, Rent, and MTV's Spring Break-that were central to their then-emerging sense of self. Staged as an intragenerational conversation, the authors look to create space to unpack the connections, anecdotal by design, between popular texts and changing ideas of queer identity and community. Since neither author grew up within the confines of a gay ghetto-Boystown of Chicago, the Castro of San Francisco, the East Village of New York City-where they may have encountered and been enamored by the avant-garde queer subcultures so often praised in queer scholarship (for important reasons), they turn instead to experiences with popular culture that opened up lessons in becoming gay, in rural and Midwestern locales where queerness operated and emerged differently...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
Victoria Clarke
This article explores an incident involving a gay pride T-shirt, printed with the slogan "Some people are gay. Get over it!," that I wore during a university lecture, and students' predominantly negative responses to it. I use the lens of modern prejudice research, particularly discursive psychological approaches to modern prejudice, to interpret the students' responses to a qualitative survey about their views on the T-shirt. They related strong feelings of upset and anger, particularly because I had-in their view-implicitly accused them of being homophobic...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
Jesus Cisneros, Christian Bracho
Centering the experiences of 31 undocuqueer immigrants, this study seeks to understand the ways that undocuqueer immigrants negotiate the boundaries of social performance by revealing or concealing their gender, sexuality, and immigration status. Findings of this study reveal how, in order to avoid the constant threat of rejection (both legal and social), undocuqueer immigrants engage visibility schemas and make strategic decisions about coming out of the shadows and the closet across different contexts. Undocuqueer immigrants' narratives reveal the ways the closet resembles the shadows in that both provide protection from the outside world, yet neither are considered suitable places for sustaining life...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
Kyle Frackman
The German Democratic Republic (GDR; East Germany) had an ambivalent relationship with homosexuality. Under the principles of socialism, everyone was welcome to contribute to the greater good. The situation for queer people, here lesbians and gay men, was different: one of illegality and invisibility. A difficulty in analyzing these experiences is the theory and methodology necessary to find them and draw them together in a historical narrative. This essay offers a mode of analysis in which theories of affect illustrate long-term trends in East German conceptualizations of same-sex sexuality...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
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