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Title:Exploring the community-based involvement of Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ adults
Author(s):Williams, Briana J
Advisor(s):Neville, Helen; Hund, Anita
Contributor(s):Cromley, Jennifer; Oswald, Ramona
Department / Program:Educational Psychology
Discipline:Educational Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Community Involvement
Sociopolitical Involvement
Abstract:Research and theory about the lived experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ (LGBTQ+) populations are often characterized by both stress and resilience. One protective factor that is commonly explored is community-based involvement or one’s behavioral engagement with the LGBTQ+ community. Few studies specifically center the involvement of Black and Latinx LGBTQ+. Although scant, previous research suggests that there are underexamined complexities to the community-based involvement of Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ that relate to their multiple marginalized social identities and access to various identity-related communities. As an extension of previous research, the current study utilizes data from the 2010 Social Justice Sexuality Project to describe the community-based involvement of Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ Adults (N = 2,518) across three relevant community spaces (i.e., LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ BIPOC). Sociopolitical Involvement (SPI) – a type of community-based involvement – references one’s participation in social and cultural events that address community issues or concerns (Battle & Harris, 2013). Using Latent Profile Analysis (LPA), findings revealed six subtypes of SPI: LGBTQ+ Gateway Engager, Occasional Engagers, Intersectional Community Enthusiasts, Mainstream Engagers, Immersed Community Members, and LGBTQ+ Focused Affiliates. Intersectional Community Enthusiasts indicated a particularly unique pattern of SPI that related to significantly higher connectedness, religiosity/spirituality, sexual identity outness, and psychological well-being. Key findings exhibited the utility of considering multiple sites of community-based involvement when exploring the engagement behaviors of Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ Adults.
Issue Date:2020-12-07
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Briana Williams
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-03-05
Date Deposited:2020-12

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