By Juan Battle, Antonio (Jay) Pastrana Jr., Angelique Harris
This e-book makes use of own narratives and survey info from over 500 respondents to discover the variety of stories throughout Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT groups in the usa. also, the authors rfile and rejoice a few of the daily strengths and methods hired by way of this notable inhabitants to navigate and negotiate their day-by-day lives.
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Saltzburg. 2009. Experiences Regarding Coming Out to Parents among African American, Hispanic, and White Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Adolescents. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services 21: 189–205. CHAPTER 4 Religion and Spirituality Abstract While challenging stereotypical narratives, this chapter focuses on major themes as it relates to Asian and Paciﬁc Islander LGBT communities: diversity in religious experiences and homophobia. Keywords Religion Á Spirituality Á Homophobia MYTH: REALITY: MYTH: REALITY: MYTH: REALITY: All Asian and Paciﬁc Islander (API) people in the United States practice traditional Asian religions.
Johann explains: “I feel like as a gay man, organized religions always pushed us out. ” And Chen, who was raised Buddhist/Taoist and is now Christian, explains how he reconciles his Christianity and sexuality: For a good while, I had pretty bad depression because in Christianity being gay is a sin. I would wake up every morning and hated my guts, say “Why do I like a man? ” And then over time, I found my peace with it. ” I realized that, hey, you know, I’m human. I’m not perfect. I’m not able to get everything right and I guess if a loving god is going to throw me into hell because of one 4 RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY 41 thing I could not do right, well then you know, I may not want to be with that God anyway.
These observations are also true for API LGBT individuals and their families. As shown throughout this chapter, a variety of factors, such as religion and culture, inﬂuence the response of family members. Additionally, and often overlooked, many API LGBT people are raising children. Nonetheless, “the tight bond of family and the instilment of traditional values for Asian Americans on the one hand can be harsh and oppressive for LGB individuals but, on the other hand, can give support” (Liu and Chan 1996, p.