Toward a Culturally Specific Spirituality for Black Sexual Minority Men

Jonathan Mathias Lassiter, Russell Brewer, Leo Wilton

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Spirituality is a culturally relevant phenomenon that has been found to significantly affect Black sexual minority (SM) men’s health in the United States. However, many studies that have investigated spirituality among Black SM men have often used conceptualizations of spirituality that were not defined by this group. This research investigation used qualitative methods to determine how Black SM men defined spirituality for themselves. Ten Black SM men from across the United States were individually interviewed via Zoom videoconferencing. Grounded theory analyses revealed four themes that described Black SM men’s culturally specific spirituality: (a) spiritual definition, (b) specificity of Black SM men’s spirituality, (c) physical manifestations of spirituality, and (d) images of the sacred. The implications of these findings for future research and clinical work with Black SM men, within a Black psychological framework, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)482-513
Number of pages32
JournalThe Journal of Black Psychology
Issue number6-7
StatePublished - Sep 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Psychology


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