A phenomenological study of the coming out experience for gay men raised in conservative Christian environments Public Deposited

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  • This qualitative study explores the "coming out" experience of gay males raised in conservative Christian environments. Seven men with varying ethnic and racial backgrounds, between the ages of 20 and 40 years old, participated. Each was raised in a conservative, Christian environment during his formative years and each was now living as an "out" gay man. The study utilized a phenomenological methodology, which seeks to understand the core essence of the "coming out" phenomenon itself. Each participant was interviewed twice, for a total of at least 90 minutes. These interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim, and then underwent four separate levels of analysis. A composite chapter is included which discusses how these analyses were utilized in determining the textures, structures and ultimately, the essential essences of the phenomenon which each man experienced and a concluding chapter includes strengths and limitations of the study as well as suggestions and implications for future research. This study highlights the literature relevant to contemporary LGBT issues, demonstrates the ongoing need for enhanced counselor training to properly meet the unique needs of lesbian and gay clients and includes recommendations for clinicians currently in practice as well as for clergy.
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