Exploring the role of LGBT-affirming churches in health promotion for Black sexual minority men

Jordan J. White, Derek T. Dangerfield, Erin Donovan, Derek Miller, Suzanne M. Grieb

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In the USA, Black sexual minority men (BSMM) remain disproportionately impacted upon by HIV and other sexual health issues. Individuals who attend church have lower rates of morbidity and mortality than those that do not; however, church attendance presents a paradox of being protective for some health outcomes and a risk for others among this population. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) affirming churches may offer support, but little is known about the role of LGBT-affirming churches in the lives of BSMM and how they may impact HIV and other health outcomes. This study explored the role of LGBT-affirming churches in the lives of BSMM. Nine focus groups (N = 52) were conducted in Baltimore City, Maryland between December 2017 and April 2018. Thematic analysis evaluated domains related to how men perceived, experienced, and engaged with LGBT-affirming churches. Three primary themes identified: (1) preferring traditional church environments over LGBT-affirming churches; (2) experiencing the LGBT-affirming church as a space of acceptance, emotional healing, and modelling loving same-sex relationships; and (3) perceiving LGBT-affirming churches as opportunities to engage community members to promote the well-being of BSMM. A secondary theme identified involvement in the house and ballroom community as an LGBT-affirming religious experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCulture, Health and Sexuality
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

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Transgender Persons
Health Promotion
health promotion
church
minority
health
church attendance
Sexual Minorities
morbidity
community
mortality
acceptance
well-being

Keywords

  • Black sexual minority men
  • church
  • health promotion
  • HIV
  • USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Exploring the role of LGBT-affirming churches in health promotion for Black sexual minority men. / White, Jordan J.; Dangerfield, Derek T.; Donovan, Erin; Miller, Derek; Grieb, Suzanne M.

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