Sexualities and Identities of Minority Women

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Sana Loue
Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 11, 2009 - Medical - 171 pages
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The concept for this book came about following the publication of the volume Health Issues Confronting Minority Men Who Have Sex with Men, published by Springer in 2008. Consistent with its title, that work focused on speci?c health issues identi?ed by communities, researchers, and AIDS service providers that were and continue to be of concern . During the preparation of that volume, I received numerous telephone calls and e-mails from women in various parts of the country, asking why a book was not also being developed to address their often-neglected concerns. Accordingly,thetopicsaddressedinIdentitiesandSexualitiesofMinorityWomen were developed based on input from minority women who participated in focus groups conducted in diverse regions of the United States. These focus groups were held speci?cally to provide an opportunity for sexual minority women in minority communities to identify those issues that from their perspective are most salient and relevant to their lives. It is not surprising, in view of the variation in process by which the topics were identi?ed, as well as the differences in perspective as- ciated with differences in sex and gender, that this resulting compilation of topics departs substantially from the focus of the companion text addressing health issues of minority men who have sex with men.
 

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Contents

1 Minority Identity Development
1
2 Minority Nonheterosexual Women and the Formulation of Identity
19
3 Minority Sexual Status Among Minorities
41
4 Minority Status Among Sexual Minority Women
65
5 Lesbian Families
90
6 Navigating Health Systems
105
Workplace and Community Safety Among Lesbian and Bisexual Women of Color
129
8 Religion Spirituality and NonheterosexualIdentified Minority Women
143
An Interview with Dominique
165
Index
167
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The book will be edited by Sana Loue, J.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. Dr. Loue is known internationally for her HIV research with minority communities, as well as research ethics and epidemiology. She is the Principal Investigator of an NIMH-funded study examining the context of HIV risk among Puerto Rican and Mexican women with severe mental illness, some of whom are WSW.

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