Complicit silence, fluid identities and a shift to personalized faith: LGBTQ+ experiences in conservative Christian communities

dc.contributor.authorBlock, Kelsey
dc.date.accessioned2023-02-07T19:29:29Z
dc.date.available2023-02-07T19:29:29Z
dc.date.copyright2022en_US
dc.date.issued2022
dc.description.abstractUsing in-depth interviews with six participants, this qualitative project examines LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and others) experiences in conservative Christian communities in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, through the lens of queer theory. The research questions guiding this project are: (1) Does there continue to be a code of silence surrounding LGBTQ+ identities within conservative Christian communities? (2) How do LGBTQ+ individuals deal with the perceived incompatibility between their religion and their sexuality and/or gender? (3) How do LGBTQ+ individuals understand their LGBTQ+ identity when situated within a traditionally heteronormative religious community? The findings indicate that the participants view the silence surrounding LGBTQ+ issues and the subsequent lack of formal support for LGBTQ+ individuals as complicit in perpetuating rhetoric that LGBTQ+ identities are abnormal, sinful and shameful. All of the participants shifted to a more personalized faith and view Christianity as a resource instead of a requirement, and the majority of the participants frame both their gender/sexual identity and religious identity as fluid and liminal, subject to change depending on the context.en_US
dc.description.reviewstatusRevieweden_US
dc.description.scholarlevelFacultyen_US
dc.identifier.citationBlock, K. (2022). “Complicit silence, fluid identities and a shift to personalized faith: LGBTQ+ experiences in conservative Christian communities.” Studies in Religion, 0(0), 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1177/00084298221128883en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.1177/00084298221128883
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/14754
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherStudies in Religionen_US
dc.subjectChristianityen_US
dc.subjectgenderen_US
dc.subjectsexualityen_US
dc.subjectqueer theoryen_US
dc.subjectqualitative methodsen_US
dc.subjectLGBTQ+en_US
dc.titleComplicit silence, fluid identities and a shift to personalized faith: LGBTQ+ experiences in conservative Christian communitiesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US

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