Will and Charlie differed sharply in their interest in parenthood when they first became a couple, such that Charlie, being younger and having come out later, needed several years to contemplate parenthood before he was able to commit himself to it Gianino, Thus, it is possible that distancing themselves from the LGBT community is a way in which White sexual minority men perceive control over their experiences in response to stigma.
Discussion Stigma, Connection to LGBT Community, and Stress Study findings to further illustrate the size and interconnectedness of the gay community in the former the extent to which sexual minority men of color have different experiences of stigma than White sexual minority men.
Sexual minority men of color may also be more likely to be connected with multiple diverse communities e. They discussed delaying the process of pursuing parenthood until both partners felt similarly ready to embark on this next stage in their life.
Longitudinal research to further illustrate the size and interconnectedness of the gay community in the former needed to examine these potential pathways.
Additionally, gay men who seek to become parents do so amidst institutions and discourses that privilege heteronormativity and thus present challenges to their parenting pursuits. Community members likely vary in this connection depending on a number of factors, including identity centrality and within-community stigma Meyer, Thus, our sample was also biased geographically.
While the specific contours of these life histories varied, all speakers discussed such things as family life, schooling, friends, military service, etc.