Individuals, Couples, and Social Networks
Chapter Five. Same-sex Marriage Experiences of Understudied Members of the GLBT Community
If you are interested in learing more about same-sex relationships and perform a search for studies within the research literature, you will quickly discover that although researchers refer to the “GLBT” community, they often just include people who identify as gay or lesbian in their research samples and rarely include people who are bisexual and/or transgender among their participants. Further, these studies based on samples of gay men and lesbians tend to include groups of particpants who are mostly White, middle-class, urban, college-educated, and under the age of 50. Thus, much of what we know about same-sex relationships and the GBLT community is based on the experiences of only part of the community. The research literature examining same-sex marriage is still relatively new and limited, yet this growing body of research is vulnerable to the same lack of diversity that exists in the more general GLBT and same-sex relationship literatures. Given the lack of attention paid to certain segments of the GLBT community in the current research literature, I conducted two studies to attempt to learn more about the same-sex marriage experiences of some understudied members of the GLBT community. While these studies represent only one small piece of a research body that needs much more diversity and inclusiveness, the studies suggest that understudied members of the GLBT community may have unique experiences with legally recognized same-sex marriage that warrant futher research attention.
People who identify as bisexual are often challenged by both heterosexual and homosexual people (Mulick...
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