STUDY: Minority Gays And Lesbians More Likely To Attend Non-Affirming Churches


Based on new analysis of data collected in 2004-2005, it seems that Latino and Black lesbian, gay, and bisexual people tend to be more religious than their white counterparts, and were also more likely to attend services in non-affirming settings. As a result, they tended to have higher levels of internalized homophobia than Whites. Also of note is that although LGB Americans tend to be less religious than heterosexuals, those in this study reported higher levels of spirituality. It’s unclear how outspoken support of LGBT equality by prominent leaders in Black and Latino religious communities in the years since these data were collected has shifted the dynamics.