What are the experiences of young men aged 18-25 in the UK ‘coming out’ as gay?

Meegan, Matthew (2011) What are the experiences of young men aged 18-25 in the UK ‘coming out’ as gay? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This research project has explored the experiences of young men in the UK ‘coming out’ as gay to others. One’s own sexuality is not purely defined by an individual’s attraction to another person, but is better understood within a socio-political environment which shapes and governs one’s experience of (homo)sexuality. The social work student, who will be identified as the researcher during this study has chosen to explore the research question using qualitative methods in the form of open-ended, narrative interviews, offering those with direct experiences to be heard and understood where their experiences may have been devalued before. The findings from this study were mixed. Participant’s experienced a variety of different responses in realising their sexuality and telling others. However, whilst laws may aim to prohibit discrimination, homophobia still plays a part in modern day culture. These homophobic attitudes towards gay men are often internalised by gay men, which can cause difficulty in ‘coming out’ to others. From this the researcher has recommended more studies into specific cultural and ethnic groups, using larger sample sizes to understand the complex interplay individuals experience when interacting with their social environment during the process of ‘coming out’.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 09:50
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/4203

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