the Community and its significants too LGBT people

A sense of community is ‘important’ to LGBT people, a new study has found.

A sense of belonging was rated as a vital part of coming out by participants in the study performed by the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research at Sheffield Hallam University, and is claimed to have a ‘positive impact on mental health, emotional wellbeing and quality of life’.

LGBT people were found to have an ‘intangible’ feeling of connection to other members of the community through the feeling of having shared similar experiences, and felt they have less need to ‘regulate’ their behaviour among people of the same sexuality.

The study also highlighted the fact that, despite a feeling of solidarity, there was a great variety of experiences and needs within gay communities.

Senior research fellow Eleanor Formby, said that it was important that policy makers acknowledge the diversity and inequality that the research has shown is indeed part of LGBT communities.

‘The term ‘LGBT community’ is increasingly used in policy, practice and research, yet there is little explicit discussion of what the concept of ‘community’ means to LGBT people,’ she said. ‘This study found that generally LGBT people see the word ‘community’ as having positive connotations, whether it’s a physical space, or a sense of belonging.’

‘A sense or experience of community was linked to reported wellbeing, including combating isolation, heightening confidence and self-esteem, and sometimes improving or maintaining physical health.’

‘Caution is needed, however, when the term community is used in the singular or when it is assumed that LGBT people are more alike than not – use of LGBT communities in the plural is just the start to acknowledging this diversity.

The research, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, was performed with the help of 627 survey respondents and 44 participants who were involved in in-depth interviews and discussion groups.

The research, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, was performed with the help of 627 survey respondents and 44 participants who were involved in in-depth interviews and discussion groups.

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