“The Greatest Path to Acceptance is to Know We Exist:” Capturing Narratives of Sexually Diverse Latinx in Nebraska
“The Greatest Path to Acceptance is to Know We Exist:” Capturing Narratives of Sexually Diverse Latinx in Nebraska.
Dr. Dumayi Gutierrez
University of Nebraska at Omaha and Alliant International University, San Diego & Online
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Sexually diverse individuals and communities face adverse experiences from discrimination, rejection, and negative mental health outcomes, yet experience high levels of pride, strength, and connection. For Latinx who identify as sexually diverse (i.e., Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Asexual, Plus (LGBQA+)), these experiences are centered at the intersection of these two identities. Limited research has focused on their experiences and in particular, their experiences of living in Nebraska: a majority White and heterosexual state. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore their intersectional narratives and places of advocacy using an Intersectional Minority Stress lens. This report begins with an introduction to intersectionality and minority stress model. This study then presents 10 in-depth interviews with sexually diverse Latinx between the ages of 19-56 who currently or previously lived in Nebraska. Through narrative thematic analysis, four themes are highlighted: (a) intersectional identity navigation within systems, (b) intersectional minority stressors and ameliorative factors, (c) connection and disconnection within community and chosen families, and (d) invisibility to visibility. Lastly, implications and future directions are discussed to enhance understanding, awareness, and support for sexually diverse Latinx in Nebraska.
Keywords: Latinx; LGBTQ+; Intersectionality; Minority Stress; Community; Advocacy; Sexually Diverse Latinx