Growing up with a “spoiled identity”: Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth at risk

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Abstract

Being a lesbian, gay or bisexual youth means having the stigma of homosexuality or bisexuality. A stigma is anything that discredits an individual and leads to one being assigned a “spoiled identity.” With reference to lesbian, gay and bisexual youth, the stigma is considered a blemish on one’s character that often leads to stereotyping and stigmatisation. This homophobia puts many lesbian, gay and bisexual youth at risk for suicide, chemical abuse, dropping out of school, verbal and physical abuse, homelessness, prostitution, HIV infection, and psychosocial developmental delays. Approaches and strategies for working with lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are suggested and trends and issues about homosexuality in the United States, with a potential impact on lesbian, gay and bisexual youth, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-56
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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