LGBTQ+ Grassroots Activism: An Opportunity for Resilience

Travis R. Scheadler, Katherine R. Haus, Tanner A. Mobley, Kristen P. Mark

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other gender and sexual minority (LGBTQ+) individuals have a long history of mobilizing to raise awareness and initiate social and political change for LGBTQ+ related issues. The present study explored how grassroots activism impacted resilience among LGBTQ+ people. In-depth and semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 LGBTQ+ activists from one statewide grassroots organization aiming to ban conversion therapy. Grounded theory analysis was used to identify a central theme and six interrelated subthemes. The central theme was that outness, activism, and resilience have cyclical relationships. Subthemes were related to identity exploration, affirmation, and synthesis; responsibility and humility; psychological skills; coping; social support; and negative experiences. These data may be helpful for LGBTQ+ grassroots activism and community leaders aiming to boost the resilience and strengthen well-being of their organization members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1675-1700
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2023

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  • LGBTQ+
  • activism
  • community-based participatory research
  • conversion therapy
  • qualitative methods

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  • Journal Article


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