LGBQ Identities in Context: Findings and Implications for Future Research
Jessica N. Fish, Evan Krueger, Meg Bishop, Marguerita Lightfoot, Phillip L. Hammack, Stephen Russell, Sara Mernitz, Stephen Russell, David Frost, Shawn N. Mendez; Discussant: Ramona Oswald; Cochairs: Sara Mernitz, Jessica Fish
- Feminism & Family Studies
About the Session
- 234-01 - Sexual Minority Identity Labels in Sociohistorical and Sociodemographic Contexts: A Mixed Method StudyBy Jessica N. Fish, Evan Krueger, Meg Bishop, Marguerita Lightfoot, Phillip L. Hammack, Stephen Russell
- 234-02 - Romantic Relationships as Identities? Relationship Identities Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual AdultsBy Sara Mernitz, Stephen Russell, David Frost
- 234-03 - Racial and Queer Socialization in Context: The Influence of Identity Salience, Community Attachment, and Community Participation Among LGQ Parents of TeenagersBy Shawn N. Mendez; Discussant: Ramona Oswald; Cochairs: Sara Mernitz, Jessica Fish
Recent shifts in the social acceptance of, and laws protecting, sexual minorities and their families likely alter the ways in which sexual minorities view themselves and their family processes. Importantly, these personal and relational identity negotiations have implications for the lived experience of sexual minorities. This symposium relies on life course and queer theory perspectives to emphasize that age, timing, and social interactions play critical roles in shaping the identities and experiences of sexual minority people and their families, while considering that these marginalized identities are also negotiated in heteronormative contexts. With this in mind, we highlight the contextualized nature of LGBQ+ identity and offer insights as to how findings inform LGBQ+ family studies.
(1) Showcase LGBQ+ identity labeling diversity and how it relates to family relationships.(2) Elucidate how LGBQ+ identities and identity processes systematically vary across other important sociodemographic identities.(3) Demonstrate how sociohistorical changes and intergroup variability in LGBQ+ identities inform future research practices.