Considering the Role of Nativity in the Health and Psychological Wellbeing of Black LGBT Adults

Samuel H. Allen*, Leigh A. Leslie

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Recent scholars have underscored how the experiences of LGBT people of color cannot be fully understood by considering only the independent contributions of race and sexual orientation. Framed by an intersectional lens, the current study seeks to address this gap in understanding by considering the role of nativity on the health and wellbeing of Black sexual minority adults; we also examined the moderating effects of family support and racial community climate on this relationship. Using national data from the Social Justice Sexuality Project (N = 2,166), we discovered that foreign-born Black LGBT adults had similar levels of psychological wellbeing and physical health as their native counterparts; family support and racial community climate did not moderate this relationship. Our findings did, however, substantiate the importance of family and community support for all Black LGBT adults, regardless of immigration status. Implications of this finding, in addition to directions for future intersectional work on racial minority LGBT people, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1769-1796
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number13
StatePublished - Nov 10 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Black
  • LGBT
  • family
  • health
  • homophobia
  • immigrant
  • intersectionality
  • racial minority
  • sexual minority
  • wellbeing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)


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