Title

Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Individuals’ Perceptions of American Religious Traditions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-28-2020

Subject Area

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Abstract

The cumulative alienation sexual minorities experience from American mainline religious groups may leave them feeling disillusioned and even hostile toward the religious organizations that have historically rejected them. However, research to date has not explored sexual minorities’ perceptions of religious traditions in the United States. The current study examines the variations between lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults’ (LGB) perceptions of whether religious traditions are friendly/neutral or unfriendly toward the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) population. Using data from the Pew Research Center 2013 Survey of LGBT Adults, the author conducts separate binary logistic regression analyses examining whether four religious traditions—evangelical Protestantism, the Catholic Church, the Jewish religion, and mainline Protestantism—are generally perceived as friendly/neutral or unfriendly toward LGBT people. The findings from this study offer rare insight on sexual minorities’ perceptions of major religious traditions and illustrates that sexual minorities have a complex relationship with religion.

Publication Title

Journal of Homosexuality

Volume

67

Issue

9

First Page

1173

Last Page

1196

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1080/00918369.2019.1582221

PubMed ID

30907274

ISSN

00918369

E-ISSN

15403602

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