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Traversing the Margins: Intersectionalities in the Bullying of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth

2008
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Traversing the Margins: Intersectionalities in the Bullying of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth

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This study explores the perspectives of service providers and youth advocates on bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and intersectionalities in LGBT peer victimization. In depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine key informants (4 male, 4 female, 1 transgender male; 4 gay, 3 lesbian, 2 non-identified; 6 white, 1 South Asian, 2 Middle Eastern) recruited using purposive sampling from diverse education and social service settings. Narrative thematic analysis and a constant comparative method were used to identify themes. Five themes emerged from the data: (1) ‘transgressing gender norm boundaries’; (2) homophobic sexism vs. sexist homophobia; (3) ‘you choose sexuality or you choose race’; (4) newcomer youth and citizenship; and (5) ‘multiple wires together ‘¦ create the cage.’ Findings suggest the importance of an intersectional approach to conceptualizing and addressing LGBT bullying and to uncovering the differential experiences of bullying among LGBT youth. Bullying related to sexual orientation should not be assumed to be the only or primary form of violence shaping the lives of LGBT youth.

Daley, A., Solomon, S., Newman, P.A., & Mishna, F. (2008) Traversing the margins: Intersectionalities in the bullying of LGBT youth. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 19:3-4, 9-29.

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