Disclosure, discrimination and desire: experiences of Black and South Asian gay men in Britain

McKeown, E., Nelson, S., Anderson, J., Low, N. & Elford, J. (2010). Disclosure, discrimination and desire: experiences of Black and South Asian gay men in Britain. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 12(7), pp. 843-856. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2010.499963

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Using findings from a qualitative investigation based on in-depth email interviews with 47 Black and South Asian gay men in Britain, this paper explores the cross-cutting identities and discourses in relation to being both gay and from an ethnic minority background. Taking an intersectional approach, detailed accounts of identity negotiation, cultural pressures, experiences of discrimination and exclusion, and the relationship between minority ethnic gay men and mainstream White gay culture are presented and explored. The major findings common to both groups were: cultural barriers limiting disclosure of sexuality to family and wider social networks; experiences of discrimination by white gay men that included exclusion as well as objectification; a lack of positive gay role models and imagery relating to men from ethnic minority backgrounds. Among South Asian gay men, a major theme was regret at being unable to fulfil family expectations regarding marriage and children, while among Black gay men, there was a strong belief that same-sex behaviour subverted cultural notions related to how masculinity is configured. The paper concludes by highlighting the importance of social location, particularly education and income, when examining the intersection of ethnicity and sexuality in future research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Sciences, Family Studies, Social Sciences, Biomedical, Biomedical Social Sciences, FAMILY STUDIES, SOCIAL SCIENCES, BIOMEDICAL, gay men, ethnicity, discrimination, stigma, UK, IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT, LESBIANS, LONDON, SEX
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Healthcare Research Unit
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/3361

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