Document Type

Conceptual Paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Corinne Warrener


In the African American community, homophobia and homonegativity have been

shown to be disproportionately prevalent. Unfortunately, while much of this ostensibly

stems from a belief that it is for their benefit, research has shown that African American

gay and bisexual men are forced to deal with oppression and discrimination in multiple, intersecting aspects of their social and personal lives; this has been proven to negatively affect their mental, emotional and physical health. African American gay and bisexual men are forced to maintain a dual minority status-racial and sexual-and this places them in a unique, precarious intersection of vulnerability. This paper presents what the available literature on this topic suggests can be done to, at least, buffer the harm this population experiences. The implications of these findings are discussed.