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dc.contributor.authorBrown, Clarence Ezraen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:38:17Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:38:17Z
dc.date.issued2008-05-08en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05222008-112356en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/33121
dc.description.abstractThis research posed the question â How does racism in the gay community and homophobia in the Black community restrict gay Black maleâ s life chances and life opportunities?â Previous research has uncovered racist attitudes within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community as well as homophobic attitudes within the Black community. Because of conflicting social identifiers (Is it possible for one to be both homosexual and Black?) and the invisibility of a gay Black voice, it is imperative to deconstruct the relationship between gay Black men and the communities they are a part of. I utilized qualitative in-depth interviewing techniques interviewing 15 Black men aged 18 and older who identified themselves as homosexual. The questions revolved around three primary questions designed to center the researcherâ ¦How do gay Black men describe their lives, How do gay Black men describe what their lives ought to be, and What obstacles do gay Black men see effecting their opportunity to live the lives they feel they ought to be living. The gay Black male research participants disclosed that because of Black stereotypes, gay stereotypes, acceptance with stipulations in the gay community and the black community, racism in the gay community, homophobia in the Black community, and perceptions of blackness and masculinityâ s affect on gay Black menâ ¦gay Black men live their lives with various restrictions. In other words, gay Black men do not appear to be living their lives the way they feel they ought to be living it. This work is important because a majority of the participants stated they wished to live restriction free lives. They are not able to fully be themselves in their daily lives and often have to assimilate to be accepted.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartClarenceEBrownIII2008Thesis.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectnegative stereotypesen_US
dc.subjectqualitative interviewsen_US
dc.subjecthomosexualityen_US
dc.subjectraceen_US
dc.titleRacism in the Gay Community and Homophobia in the Black Community: Negotiating the Gay Black Male Experienceen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentSociologyen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairKershaw, Terryen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKiecolt, K. Jillen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGraves, Ellington T.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05222008-112356/en_US
dc.date.sdate2008-05-22en_US
dc.date.rdate2008-06-26
dc.date.adate2008-06-26en_US


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