Community Cleavages: Gay and Bisexual Men’s Perceptions of Gay and Mainstream Community Acceptance in the Post-AIDS, Post-Rights Era

Nathaniel M. Lewis, Greta R. Bauer, Todd A. Coleman, Soraya Blot, Daniel Pugh, Meredith Fraser, Leanne Powell

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

27 Scopus citations

Abstract

Changes in gay and bisexual men’s connectedness to the gay community are related to the declining public visibility of HIV/AIDS and greater acceptance for homosexuality and bisexuality in mainstream society. Little work, however, has focused on perceived acceptance for subgroups within the gay community or broader society. Using interviews (n = 20) and a survey (n = 202) of gay and bisexual men in a mid-sized Canadian city, we find perceived hierarchies of acceptance for the various subgroups as well as an age effect wherein middle-aged men perceive the least acceptance for all groups. These differences are linked with the uneven impact of social, political, and institutional changes relevant to gay and bisexual men in Canada.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1201-1227
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Volume62
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2 2015
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© , Published with license by Taylor & Francis.

Keywords

  • HIV/AIDS
  • bisexuality
  • community development
  • gay community
  • homosexuality
  • mental health
  • sexual health
  • social acceptance
  • social inclusion

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Community Cleavages: Gay and Bisexual Men’s Perceptions of Gay and Mainstream Community Acceptance in the Post-AIDS, Post-Rights Era'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this