Understanding The Process Of Homosexual Identity Formation Among Asian And Pacific Islander Youth

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.

Asian-American youth who are LGBTQ or questioning their sexuality, and their families may find support at Asian Pacific PFLAG or the Gay Asian Pacific Support Network.

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2 responses to “Understanding The Process Of Homosexual Identity Formation Among Asian And Pacific Islander Youth

  1. Thank you for the comment on my blog. Seeing that you are more qualified than I am at helping kids, I have added this webpage link to our site. Thanks again for your kind comments.
    I came out under very stressful conditions and I almost took my own life, so it is a very passionate topic for me. Thank you for helping other kids.
    Tony

    • Thanks for the link — always appreciated! I think that for young people, seeing or hearing the stories of those who have come out and eventually found happiness and fulfillment can bring a lot of hope and inspiration. So, qualifications or not, thanks for telling your story. 🙂

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