Exploring Religiosity and Spirituality in the Sexual Decision-Making of Black Gay and Bisexual Men

Derek Dangerfield, Jeffery E. Williams, Alágra S. Bass, Timothy Wynter, Ricky N. Bluthenthal

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Many Black gay and bisexual men (BGBM) practice consistent religious worship and spirituality in order to cope with social challenges. This study utilized data from in-depth qualitative interviews conducted to explore personal meanings of religiosity and spirituality and how these constructs affect partner choices and sexual behaviors among BGBM. Interviews were conducted with 26 BGBM in Los Angeles, California, from September to November 2015. In-depth interviews yielded themes related to BGBM’s understanding of religiosity and spirituality and how their personal beliefs influenced their partner choices and sexual risks. Implications for church-based and community-based interventions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019



  • Black gay and bisexual men
  • Health
  • Religion
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Religious studies

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