Religion, family, and ritual: The production of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender outsiders-within

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This article analyzes the experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people who attended family weddings in order to understand how outsider-within status can be produced during religious ritual. Though all participants constructed themselves as outsiders relative to religion during weddings, only those from religiously conservative families linked their position to family dynamics. Results challenge the idea that rituals necessarily produce a sense of belonging, bring empirical attention to religion as an ongoing family issue for GLBT people, and suggest that religious diversity and liberalism can promote family cohesion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-50
Number of pages12
JournalReview of Religious Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy

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