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Journal of Homosexuality

Ahmed Gamal Elmahy
Internet has revolutionized research on sexual minorities by providing direct and safe access to hidden, stigmatized and high risk populations. This study investigated the possibility of using Facebook to reach Egyptian gays. The questionnaire was manually distributed to an extensive list of Facebook pages and groups related to the topic that has been collected using a snowball-like technique. The recruitment lasted from August 2015 to May 2016. Among the 461 eligible participants, the mean age was 26.6 (SD = 7...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
Jennifer Katz, Dillon Federici, Tess Ramos-Dries
Amnestic heterosexism (AH) reflects the belief that, in contemporary society, people who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) no longer experience discrimination related to sexual orientation. We investigated potential associations between individuals' AH beliefs and their responses to anti-gay bullying. Heterosexual undergraduates (N = 238) completed a measure of AH before responding to a scenario in which a man accuses another man of being a "fag." As expected, those with greater AH beliefs perceived the situation as less severe/dangerous, felt less personally responsible to intervene, and were more blaming toward the target of bullying...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
Jantine van Lisdonk, Lorraine Nencel, Saskia Keuzenkamp
Studies have pointed to a trend in Western societies toward the normalization of homosexuality and emerging "post-gayness" among young people, who no longer consider their sexual identity meaningful in defining themselves. This article takes a closer look at the Dutch case where tolerance is regarded a national virtue, while society remains heteronormative. In 38 interviews with Dutch same-sex attracted young people we investigated the labels they used to describe their sexual orientation to reveal what they can tell us about normalization, tolerance, and heteronormativity...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
Narciso Quidley-Rodriguez, Joseph P De Santis
Members of the Bear community, a gay male subculture, offer insight into the development and purveyance of a gay subculture. Utilizing Walker and Avant's concept analysis methodology, concept exploration and a subsequent concept analysis of the term Bear identity, utilizing existing literature, was conducted to obtain a better understanding of the meanings of the term Bear identity. CINAHL, Psycinfo, Pubmed, Medline, LGBT Life, and ProQuest were employed to identify and examine the data surrounding the concept of Bear identity...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
Ji-Su Kim, Kyunghee Kim, Yeunhee Kwak
Adolescents in sexual minority groups are known to be at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases through risky sexual behavior. However, few studies have examined associations between sexual orientation and risky sexual behavior and sexually transmitted diseases in Korean adolescents. Therefore, this cross-sectional study used raw data from the Tenth Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-Based Survey to explore these relationships. Logistic regression analyses were performed to examine the associations between risky sexual behavior and sexual orientation in adolescents...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
Adrienne Holz Ivory
This study examines how sexual orientation of couples featured in magazine advertisements affects heterosexual viewers' responses using the elaboration likelihood model as a framework. A 3 × 2 × 2 × 3 experiment tested effects of sexual orientation, argument strength, involvement, and attitudes towards homosexuality on heterosexuals' attitudes toward the couple, advertisement, brand, and product, purchase intentions, and recall. Results indicate that consumers were accepting of ads with lesbian portrayals...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
Erin B Waggoner
While visibility has increased, there are still harmful television tropes used that can have potentially harmful effects on LGBTQ persons seeking identification through television characters. This essay explores women-loving women (wlw) representation in television and how fans respond via social media with regards to their identity and representation. Specifically, by examining the fan culture through a communitarian ethics lens (with an emphasis on duty and mutuality), fans are explored pre and post a lesbian character's death and how their responses created a social movement regarding the current television environment's treatment of wlw characters...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
Megan C Lytle, Vincent M B Silenzio, Christopher M Homan, Phoenix Schneider, Eric D Caine
LGBTQ youth have a great burden for suicidal ideation/behavior compared to their non-LGBTQ peers. While scholars have explored risk factors for suicidal behaviors, little is known about protective factors among LGBTQ youth, let alone within group differences in terms of help-seeking. Data were collected from 203 TrevorSpace (e.g., a social network for LGBTQ youth) users via online survey to examine suicidal and help-seeking behaviors among LGBTQ individuals. Among participants who reported suicidal ideation/behavior, a large proportion did not seek help (73...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
Olga A Gulevich, Evgeny N Osin, Nadezhda A Isaenko, Lilia M Brainis
We aimed to develop and validate a model of associations of perceived threat of homosexuals with lay beliefs about causes of homosexuality, group entitativity of homosexuals, approval of social action strategies targeting homosexuals, and support for their rights using original Russian-language measures. We tested the model in two samples of social network users (n = 1,007) and student respondents (n = 292) using structural equation modeling and path analysis. Attribution of homosexuality to social causes was a positive predictor of perceived threat of homosexuals, whereas biological causes showed an inverse effect...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
Josep Maria Sanz López
A growing academic discussion has focused on how, in a globalised word, LGBTQ identities are shaped and influenced by different and international actors, such as the media. This paper analyses how LGBTQ people from a rural region of a Western country, Spain, feel towards their representations on TV series from English-speaking countries. Employing a qualitative approach, this research aims to depict whether the academic conceptualisations to analyse these identity conformation processes are accurate. In addition, it explores how dominating media representations are being adapted in a region that, although being within the West, can serve a context of a very different nature...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
Shoshana Rosenberg
Many models of queer (1) sexuality continue to depict a linear narrative of sexual development, beginning in repression/concealment and eventuating in Coming Out. The present study sought to challenge this by engaging in a hermeneutically informed thematic analysis of interviews with eight queer people living in Western Australia. Four themes were identified, being "Searching for Identity", "Society, Stigma and Self", "Sexual Self Discovery" and "Coming In". Interviewees discussed internalized homophobia and its impact on their life; experiences and implications of finding a community and achieving a sense of belonging; the concept of sexual self-discovery being a life-long process; and sexuality as fluid, dynamic and situational rather than static...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
Kirwan McHarry
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October 4, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
Jillian Salazar
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October 3, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
Laurel R Davis-Delano, Elizabeth M Morgan, Ann Gillard, Coralynn V Davis
This study examined public heterosexual identity management practices of heterosexual-identified young adults in the United States. Analysis of 415 participants' written narratives indicated that 41% (n = 169) described consciously engaging in public displays of their heterosexual status in relation to suspicion about their sexual orientation. This article describes our findings regarding five aspects of these narratives of suspicion: types of suspicion, causes of suspicion, reasons for concern about suspicion, the types of public displays of heterosexual status employed to quell suspicion, and intended audiences for these displays...
October 2, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
Xie Ying, Peng Minggang
Using the zero-inflated model and nationally representative sample data from the Chinese General Social Surveys 2013, this study systematically explored the effects of religion, modernizing factors, and traditional culture on attitudes towards homosexuality in China. The findings indicate that most Chinese people generally hold conservative attitudes towards homosexuality, as approximately 78.53% of the respondents believed that "same-sex sexual behavior is always wrong". Modernizing factors (i.e., education, exposure to internet information and liberal inclinations) predicted greater tolerance for homosexuality, whereas Islamic beliefs negatively influenced respondents' attitudes towards homosexuality...
September 28, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
Joanna Lamstein
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September 27, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
Michael Ferguson
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September 27, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
Nicole Butterfield
This research aims to critically examine how the complexity of the ongoing process of "coming out" in small towns and rural spaces in Croatia undermines the imagined hierarchical distinction between rural/urban spaces. The narratives of LGBQ individuals living in these spaces subvert imaginaries of their communities as homogeneously hostile and threatening. Some participants did, however, perceive other spaces as either "gay-friendly" or "deep homophobic". As Croatia is transnationally perceived to be a part of a larger "homophobic region", the construction of the rural/urban hierarchical distinction is (re)produced and (re)configured within discourses that signify Western countries and so-called more developed regions within Croatia as "more open and liberal" as opposed to "more homophobic and backward" spaces...
September 26, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
Frances Hamilton
For proponents of same-sex marriage, this essay sets forwards a critical analysis of relevant arguments before the European Court of Human Rights. The privacy aspect of Article 8 European Convention of Human Rights will never be a successful argument with reference to marriage, which involves a public status. The equality argument (Article 14) is useful in addressing this issue with its close connections with citizenship, symbolic value and proven record internationally. Difficulties remain with the equality argument; its conditional status, the width of the margin of appreciation allocated and the need for an equality comparator...
September 26, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
Aleksandra Huic, Margareta Jelic, Zeljka Kamenov
This study focuses on essentialist beliefs about homosexuality as determinants of discriminatory intentions against gay men and lesbian women (LG) and the readiness to engage in positive action toward them. A sample of 997 exclusively heterosexual adults participated in an online study set in Croatia, a country with high homophobia undergoing social change that threatens the higher status of the heterosexual majority. Beliefs about immutability and universality of homosexuality were associated with less intention to discriminate and more readiness to engage in positive behavior, while discreteness beliefs were inversely related to both...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
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