"Strategies of Survival, Resistance, and Resiliency Growing Up Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual within White Conservative Christian Families"
The purpose of this study is to address the strategies that White lesbian, gay, and bisexual college-age students have employed to survive and develop positive sexual identities having grown up in conservative White Christian families whose notions of homosexuality and bisexuality may have been negative and judgmental.
I will select White (European-heritage) lesbian, gay, and bisexual college-age students for a number of reasons. Since this is a small-scale pilot study, I want to keep the number of demographic variables limited. I choose White students in an attempt to reduce some of the variables that would arise in a multiethnic study. I am also not including students who identity as "transgender" or "transsexual" since issues around religion and sexuality are not necessarily the same as religion and gender identity and expression.
Participants will be given voice to their experiences of coming to terms with their minoritized sexual identities having been raised in conservative White Christian families to further understand these experiences.
Following this small-scale study, I would like eventually to conduct a larger study including college-age students from all racial and ethnic classifications, and also including students who identify as transgender.