African Americans are a marginalized group in American society as are women and lesbians. African American lesbians are marginalized even in the broader gay and lesbian community. Their devalued position in the social hierarchy gives rise to a condition referred to as the "triple jeopardy." They are objects of racial, gender, and heterosexist institutional oppression. As a result of these circumstances, African American lesbians face a range of challenges to their optimal psychological development as do their relationships. This article briefly explores the ethnocultural background of African American lesbians and strategies for culturally sensitive therapeutic interventions. Specific considerations are given to African American lesbians in interracial relationships and those in relationships with ethnic peers.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Gender Studies