Title

Gay youth and gay adults: Bridging the generation gap

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2002

Abstract

Recent discussion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) youth has included two emphases: the burgeoning trend toward youth-supportive organizations and focus on risk factors experienced by these Youth. In practice, the two are intertwined: the need for youth-supportive endeavors is typically demonstrated by appeals to the risks LGBT youth face. Relatively little attention has been given to relationships between youth and adults in LGBT communities. This article employs data from a long-term qualitative study with LGBT youth, supported by information from numerous other settings to suggest that a failure on the part of both groups fully to comprehend the experience of the other hampers the optimal functioning of everyone involved. In particular, we suggest that the discourse about the dangers faced by LGBT youth, despite its being thoroughly well-intentioned, may actually place these teens at greater risk. © 2002 by The Haworth Press. Inc. All rights re reserved.

Publication Name

Journal of Homosexuality

Volume Number

44

First Page

15

Last Page

41

Issue Number

1

DOI

10.1300/J082v44n01_02

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