Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952668 | Print ISBN: 9781412909488 | Online ISBN: 9781412952668| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Sexual Minority Status in People of Color
Kimberlee M. Roy
Being a member of an ethnic minority may come with the experience of bias and prejudice in everyday life. When ethnic minority status is combined with sexual minority status, the experience of bias and prejudice can be twofold. Having a lesbian, bisexual, or gay identity may put individuals further outside the mainstream society and at odds with the values of their own ethnic minority group. For some ethnic minority groups, traditional values preclude the acceptance of homosexuality or bisexuality. This is especially true for families who are firstor second-generation immigrants to the United States. There is some speculation that ethnic minorities who are also sexual minorities face discrimination within the lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) community. The following sections will focus on some of the specific issues that ethnic minorities face with regard to sexual minority status. The African American community is often described as close-knit and community based. Within ...