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Christian Parents’ Reactions to Coming Out

Christian Parents’ Reactions to Coming Out

Much of the research and discussion to date on coming out has focused on the experience of the gay child (the adolescent or young adult), which is obviously important. As a field, we have learned a lot about the experiences of those who disclose their same-sex sexuality, and yet we have so much more to learn. At the same time, we see fewer studies of parental reactions, and fewer studies still...

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Authentic Identity

Authentic Identity

A few weeks ago, our ISSI research team discussed some actual questions that Dr. Yarhouse has received during presentations.  One of these questions was “How can I respond to the gay person who says, “Your choice of adopting an identity ‘in Christ’ is a way of fooling yourself and not being authentic?”  This question seems to assume that the only way for an individual...

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The Impact of Sexual Identity Labels on Teens

The Impact of Sexual Identity Labels on Teens

Youth who come out desperately need a safe space to process their experiences at such a vulnerable time. The experience of same sex sexuality is not new, although we still have much to learn about the unique challenges for many teenagers who find them-selves experiencing same sex attraction today. The cultural wars have made it increasingly difficult for teens to share their story without being...

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Research on Sexual Minority Adolescents

Research on Sexual Minority Adolescents

Teenage years are often uncomfortable years for many of us to recall – reminiscent of moody music, issues with self-esteem, braces, and heart-breaking crushes. Sexual minority youth, the one way of describing young people who are navigating sexual identity questions or concerns (also LGBT youth), are subject to experience many dangers and complications during their adolescence in addition to...

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Language for Navigating Sexual Identity

Language for Navigating Sexual Identity

“Struggling,” “overcoming,” “same-sex attracted,” “gay,” “gay Christian,” “celibate gay Christian,” “LGBTI,” “sexual minority”… One can adopt an array of descriptive words to denote an identity that many would simply label “gay.” However, the interaction between same-sex attraction and religious beliefs that condemn or condone same-sex behavior and sexually...

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