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Findings from a Nationwide Survey of LGBT Black Men & Women

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A presentation given by Abigail Kolker and Vernon Caldwell at the Eastern Sociological Society Meeting on behalf of the SJS Project about outness and spirituality and community engagement as predictors of outness for LGBT Latinas/os.

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Findings from a Nationwide Survey of LGBT Black Men & Women

  1. 1. Findings from a Nationwide Survey of LGBT Black Men & Women Eastern Sociological Society Regional Conference February 24, 2012 Abigail Kolker, Vernon Caldwell CUNY-Graduate Center
  2. 2. Our Purpose
  3. 3. To Document and Celebrate
  4. 4. Not Pathologize
  5. 5. Sociopolitcal Mosaic
  6. 6. Other Studies
  7. 7. SJS Study
  8. 8. Total Sample Size = 5,500
  9. 9. N=4,963
  10. 10. 5 Groups
  11. 11. 5 Topics
  12. 12. Research Methods
  13. 13. •Columbia South Carolina Black Pride•New York Harlem Pride•Miami Beach Bruthaz Bash•Charlotte North Carolina Black Pride•Michigans Womyns Festival•Market Days•GMHC House of Latex Ball•Pueblo, CO Gay Pride•Twin Cities Black Pride & South Central MN Pride•World Gay Rodeo Finals, Laughlin, NV Venues
  14. 14. •Phoenix Pride•Long Beach Pride•DC Black Pride•Portland Latino Pride•Orlando Black Pride/Gay Days•Austin Pride•New York Queens Pride•Boston SPYCE & Boston Pride•Central Alabama Pride (Birmingham)•Milwaukee Wisconsin Pride•Honolulu Pride•Denver Pride•New York Pride Venues
  15. 15. Our Partner Organizations
  16. 16. The Data
  17. 17. Blacks
  18. 18. N=2,086
  19. 19. Demographics Blacks by Gender (SJS: N=2,086) 7% Male 52% Female42% Non-Cisgender Gender Variant
  20. 20. Blacks by Age (SJS: N=2,086)17% 20% 18-24 25-49 50+ above 59%
  21. 21. Which label best describes your sexual identity? (SJS: N=2,086) 0.5% 4% 8% Gay 9% Lesbian 36% Bisexual Two Spirit3% Queer4% In the Life2% Same Gender Loving Straight/Heterosexual Macha/o 11% Other 23%
  22. 22. Outness
  23. 23. Who are you "out" to? (SJS: N=2,086)90%80% 77% 64% 62% 55%70%60% 49% 45%50%40%30%20%10%0% e ily od ds s y er in it en m ho un nl k Fa or i O or mFr -W m b gh Co Co ei us N io ig el R
  24. 24. Outness as a Predictor of Happiness (Mental Health Self-Perception)Black sample: 0.046***(+) Blacks who are out to family, friends and members of their communities are more likely to have positive mental health perception than their “closeted” counterparts.
  25. 25. Spirituality
  26. 26. Blacks Who Say Religion is Important (SJS: N=2,086)100%90% 79% 78%80%70%60%50%40%30%20%10% 0% Religion is Very Important Religion Gives Meaning/Purpose Blacks U.S. Blacks SJS
  27. 27. Blacks Who Attend Religious Services (SJS: N=2,086)100%90%80%70%60% 51%50%40%30% 29%20%10% 0% Attend at Least Weekly - Blacks U.S. Attend Every Week or Nearly Every Week - Blacks SJS
  28. 28. (SJS: N=2,086)
  29. 29. Spirituality as a Predictor of Happiness (Mental Health Self-Perception)Black sample: 0.125***(+) Blacks who consider themselves spiritual and are active in religious institutions are more likely to have positive mental health perception than their non-religious counterparts.
  30. 30. Community Engagement
  31. 31. Engagement in LGBT community of color over past 12 months once/mo. once/wk.6 times/yr. twice/yr. Never 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 % black sample (SJS: N=2,086)
  32. 32. Community Engagement as a Predictor of Happiness (Mental Health Self-Perception)Black sample: 0.059***(+) Blacks that are actively engaged in their communities are more likely to have positive mental health perception than those not involved in the community.
  33. 33. Conclusion
  34. 34. Thank you!

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