Black U.S. Sexual and Gender Minority Mental Health

Jonathan Mathias Lassiter, Lourdes Dolores Follins, Stacy W. Smallwood, Leo Wilton, Alishia Alexander, Sean Saifa Wall

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This chapter provides a comprehensive and nuanced review and critique of the extant scholarship related to Black sexual and gender minority (SGM) mental health in the United States. The authors highlight the determinants of mental health, the prevalence of mental health problems and inequities, and protective and resilience factors related to Black SGM mental health within five different subgroups: transgender people, intersex people, bisexual people, lesbians, and gay/same-gender-loving men. An intersectional approach is used to draw attention to how racial, gender, socioeconomic, and sexual orientation identities at the individual level influence experiences of oppression at the structural level to synergistically impact mental health. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the gaps in the literature related to Black SGM mental health and recommendations for addressing them.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Sexual and Gender Minority Mental Health
EditorsEsther D. Rothblum
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780190068028, 9780190068011
ISBN (Print)9780190067991
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameOxford Library of Psychology
PublisherOxford University Press

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