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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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Stages of Relationship Change in Mixed Orientation Couples

Stages of Relationship Change in Mixed Orientation Couples

The discovery of the same-sex attraction of one’s spouse can be trying for both members of the marriage (Yarhouse, 2010).  This may cause many questions and conflicts to arise for the couple, and navigating this experience within the marriage may be a difficult process.  Each couple will navigate this experience in their own way, but there are four broad stages of relationship change that...

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