Me and God, we are cool: reconciliation between religious and sexual identity among LGBT members

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Show simple item record Ivey, Christina L. 2012-04-30T16:06:17Z 2012-04-30T16:06:17Z 2012-04-30
dc.description.abstract Many LGBT members are caught between two seemingly conflicting identities: their religious identity and their sexual identity as a homosexual. This study specifically examines how Christian LGBT individuals attempt to reconcile their identities. In order to uncover the lived experience of LGBT members, qualitative interviews were conducted with eleven members of the LGBT community. Using a thematic analysis, results indicate that 1) some LGBT individuals compartmentalize their sexual and religious identities through cost/benefit analysis and self-silencing and 2) others reconcile their two identities through broadening their concept of religion, emphasizing the relational connections with God, and distinguishing between Biblical literalists and God. Further, discussion of Spiral of Silence, Muted Group Theory, and Null Persona as the theoretical lenses are used to draw implications of these findings. This study seeks to open up dialogue concerning sexuality and religion in order to garner a more welcoming environment for LGBT Christians. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Reconciliation en_US
dc.subject Sexual identity en_US
dc.subject Religious identity en_US
dc.subject LGBT en_US
dc.subject Self-concept en_US
dc.title Me and God, we are cool: reconciliation between religious and sexual identity among LGBT members en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Communication Studies, Theatre, and Dance en_US
dc.description.advisor Soo-Hye Han en_US
dc.subject.umi Communication (0459) en_US
dc.subject.umi GLBT Studies (0492) en_US
dc.subject.umi Religion (0318) en_US 2012 en_US May en_US

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