A minority within a minority? Identity and sexual health in Black and minority ethnic men who have sex with men in the United Kingdom

Jaspal, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-8463-9519 and Bayley, J., 2019. A minority within a minority? Identity and sexual health in Black and minority ethnic men who have sex with men in the United Kingdom. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 30 (6), pp. 607-609. ISSN 1055-3290

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Abstract

Identity refers to the individual’s self-construal. It is characterized by multiple elements, such as sexuality, ethnicity, and religion, and not all identity elements are simultaneously salient (Jaspal and Breakwell, 2014). For instance, the same person might self-identify principally as gay at a Gay Pride March, as Muslim during Ramadan, as Pakistani during a cricket match, and as British when abroad. Social context is key to identity expression. Black and minority ethnic (BME) men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United Kingdom have multiple, often stigmatized, identity elements. Many face intersecting social stressors (e.g., racism, homophobia) that can increase the risk of poor sexual health. Many straddle the boundaries of seemingly incompatible identities, such as ethnicity and sexuality. In this commentary, we present a clinical case study, and relevant theory and research to illustrate the practical importance of identity for effective sexual health care in this diverse population.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Creators: Jaspal, R. and Bayley, J.
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
Date: November 2019
Volume: 30
Number: 6
ISSN: 1055-3290
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1097/jnc.0000000000000101DOI
31169635PubMed ID
1317889Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 23 Apr 2020 13:19
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2020 13:19
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39725

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