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Safe spaces and sense of identity: views and experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people

Safe spaces and sense of identity: views and experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people

Crowley, Colm, Harré, Rom and Lunt, Ingrid (2007) Safe spaces and sense of identity: views and experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people. In: Peel, Elizabeth, Clarke, Victoria and Drescher, Jack, (eds.) British Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Psychologies: Theory, research, and practice. CRC Press, New York, USA, pp. 127-143. ISBN 978-0-7890-3252-2

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Abstract

Empirical data on the life experiences of contemporary school-age lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) young people in Britain remains somewhat sparse. This paper reports the preliminary findings of a study conducted at a recently-initiated LGB youth Summer School. To further an appreciation of issues of concern to today's LGB teenagers, in-depth interviews were conducted with 10 Summer School participants (five female and five male, aged 15–18 years). The aim was to elicit their views and experiences relating to their need for support such as that offered by the Summer School. Themes drawn from participants' interviews are presented. Key issues included: being positioned as different by their majority heterosexual peers; feelings of isolation and loneliness in their peer groups and families; difficulties in finding others like themselves for companionship; and the importance of meeting more LGB people of their own age.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: [1] Book chapter, in Section 3: Exploring LGB identities, and needs for support and community. [2] Book published July 2007 - ISBN: 978-0-7890-3252-2 (Paperback); ISBN: 978-0-7890-3251-5 (Hardback). [3] Co-published simultaneously in Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy (2007) Volume 11, Issue 1-2, pp. 127-143. doi: 10.1300/J236v11n01_09. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J236v11n01_09.
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescence, gay, homosexuality, identity, lesbian, safe space, same\-sex, youth work,
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/4732

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