Complex Processes of Religion and Spirituality Among Midwestern LGBTQ Homeless Young Adults

Schmitz, R. ,
Woodell, B.
Journal Article
Published: Electronically published in 2018
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Sexuality & Culture

This journal article describes a study of how LGBTQ homeless youth in the Midwest interpret the role of religion and spirituality in their lives. Drawing from a sample of 22 LGBTQ homeless young people ages 19 to 25, the authors qualitatively explored how this population distinctively frames religion, spirituality, and religious identity through an intersectional lens of their life experiences. The findings demonstrate the complex ways that young adults from multiple marginalized social groups can interpret religion in the unique context of their social environments. Many young people highlighted the positive impact of religion and spirituality in their lives by constructing them as sources of resilience. Other LGBTQ young adults also discussed how religion was often a source of a stigma that interacted with their highly vulnerable social environments and backgrounds. The article discusses implications for service providers and policy improvements. (author abstract modified)

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