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Soc. Sci. 2015, 4(4), 925-939;

Trials and Triumph: Lesbian and Gay Young Adults Raised in a Rural Context

Psychology Department, Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA 24088, USA
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Academic Editor: Melanie D. Otis
Received: 31 July 2015 / Revised: 26 August 2015 / Accepted: 15 September 2015 / Published: 25 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue LGBTQ Lives in Context: The Role of Place)
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The rural context at times is characterized by heteronormativity and conservatism. For individuals who identify as a sexual minority (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer), the rural context may pose particular challenges to the development of a healthy, coherent sense of self. Seven young adults (18–24) who identified as gay or lesbian participated in in-depth interviews regarding their experiences coming out in a rural Appalachian context. Findings suggest sexual minority individuals experience both trials and triumphs coming out in the rural context. Two overarching themes and six subthemes are discussed with implications for supporting sexual minority youth in the rural context. View Full-Text
Keywords: sexual identity; lesbian; gay; rural context sexual identity; lesbian; gay; rural context
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Dahl, A.L.; Scott, R.K.; Peace, Z. Trials and Triumph: Lesbian and Gay Young Adults Raised in a Rural Context. Soc. Sci. 2015, 4, 925-939.

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