A decade of changes: Within-group analysis of LGBTQ individuals’ perceptions of their community context and the relevance for social service providers

Elizabeth Grace Holman, Ramona Faith Oswald

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Abstract

The previous decade has seen a drastic shift in the social environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. It is not surprising then to find that the perceived “best” and “worst” aspects of life for nonmetropolitan LGBTQ individuals have also changed. We use data from two cohorts of the Rainbow Illinois survey to examine differences between responses in 2000 and 2011. Furthermore, we examine demographic differences in the perception of what is “best” and “worst” among the 2011 cohort. Results suggest that although the general social climate has improved for some, it remains problematic for others. Implications for social service providers are thoroughly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)214-230
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 15 2016

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Keywords

  • Intersectionality
  • LGBTQ
  • Nonmetropolitan communities
  • Qualitative methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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