Understanding The Process Of Homosexual Identity Formation Among Asian And Pacific Islander Youth is a new study published at Science Daily. Most studies done on LGBTQ youth focus on white, Western youth. However, culture and ethnicity play a heavy role in a young person’s view of their own sexuality, their process of identity formation and how or when they come out. Many youth who come from families who are strongly religiously identified or culturally identified feel torn between their cultural and/or religious identity and their sexual orientation. For others, it means a different way of coming out and developing identity. It doesn’t help that in the West, most literature, movies and LGBTQ groups out there are largely Caucasian focused. It is very important that counselors of all races and ethnicies understand that issues can be different for youth of color than what we might have read in textbooks. Some youth and their families may be much more comfortable and experience more trust with a counselor who matches their religion or ethnicity.