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Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation$
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Charlotte J. Patterson and Anthony R. D'Augelli

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199765218

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.001.0001

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Communities

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Communities

(p.297) 21 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Communities
Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation

Esther D. Rothblum

Oxford University Press

It is common to hear reference to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender “communities.” But what exactly is meant by “community?” This chapter focuses on how community functions as a psychological entity, given that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people may not live in the same geographic area or have a common background. It shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people yearn for communities that are supportive of their needs, and often feel that these needs are not adequately met. For lesbians, bisexual women, gay men, and some transgender people, their geographic and emotional distance from families of origin and their relative disinterest in traditional religious organizations make alternative communities especially vital.

Keywords:   homosexuals, community, alternative communities, families

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