SOWK 505 – Summer Semester 2012 Assignment #1 Caitlin Bowers, YurikaQuan and Kevin Thompson May 25, 2012 Patricia Chan, LCSWGiving Voice to the Emerging Science and Theory for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People of Color
Objectives• Main Points Of The Article• Key Arguments• Theoretical Value• Enhancing Human Behavior In The Social Environment• Peer Evaluation• Strengths And Weaknesses
Main Points Of The Article• Educate. – Regarding issues and problems that are faced with people of color who identify as • lesbian • Gay • Bisexual
Main Points Of The Article• Two-parts. – Provide needs assessment • by exploring empirical research needs and trepidation with this population. – Provide recommendations • hopes to increase and continue research with the LGB people of color.
Key Arguments• Double Consciousness – individual whose identity is divided into several facets. • Stigma of being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual • Stigma of being a person of color.• “If you are walking down the street, people may not know you’re gay. But when I walk down the street, people know I’m a person of color”
Key Arguments• People of Color may experience: – Racial Prejudice – Limited Economic Resources – Institutional Inequalities• LGB may experience: – Heterosexism – Legal Inequalities – Familial issueshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_wWJ-_4uSY&feature=related
Key Arguments• Silent Voices to LGBT people of color – Omitting major accomplishments of LGBT people of color. • Baynard Rustin • Las BuenasAmigas
Theories• Heterosexism – Assumption that all people are heterosexual – Heterosexuality is superior and more desirable than homosexuality or bisexualityEven in innocent statement or question can provoke heterosexism.
Theories• Intraracial/Intra-ethnic discrimination – Various ethnic/racial communities not accepting LGBT – Examples: • Hispanic/Latino machismo
Enhancing Human Behavior In The Social Environment• Cannot assume that LGBT people of color are the same heterosexual people of color.• Must look both identities individually – Person of color – Person of LGBT
Enhancing Human Behavior In The Social Environment• Person of color – Culture? • Mores and Folkways – Family? – How does the rest of society view them?• Person of LGBT – Self Identification? – Challenges? – How does the rest of society view them?
Peer Evaluation• Valid arguments on needs assessment• Reliability of current data• Lack of empirical research – LGB youths of color – Psychological research – Spread out diversity of research
Weaknesses• Eurocentric culture – Advertisements – Television – Film• Subcultures in the gay community – Gays vs. Lesbians – Femme vs. Masculine
References• Harper, Gary W., Jernewall, Nadine &Zea, Maria Cecilia, (2004), Giving Voice to Emerging Science and Theory for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People of Color: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology: Vol. 10, No. 3, pp 187-199, Chicago, IL• Nabors, Nina A., Hall, Ruth L., Miville, Marie L., Nettles, Reginald, Pauling, Monique L. & Ragsdale, Brian L., (2001), Multiple Minority Group Oppression: Divided We Stand?, Journal of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, Vol. 5, No. 3., Ypsilanti, MI• Brown III, Clarence Ezra, (2008), Racism in the Gay Community and Homophobia in the Black Community: Negotiating the Gay Black Make Experience, retrieved May 24, 2012, retrieved from: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05222008- 112356/unrestricted/ClarenceEBrownIII2008Thesis.pdf