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J Lesbian Stud. 2002 Oct;6(3-4):87-98. doi: 10.1300/J155v06n03_08.

Lesbians, gays and religion.

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a Temple University, School of Social Administration , 13th and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, 505 Ritter Hall Annex , Philadelphia , PA , 19122 , USA.


This study measured the effects of religious affiliation and gender on attitudes about lesbians and gay men among 2,846 college graduates who were beginning graduate study in social work or counseling. Males were more negative than females in their attitudes toward both lesbians and gay men. Conservative Protestants were the most negative in their attitudes toward lesbians and gay men, while those who were Atheist, Agnostic, Jewish or claimed no religion were most positive. Beliefs that the Bible forbids homosexuality are discussed and readings and arguments challenging this belief that can be used as class content are presented.


Religion and attitudes toward lesbians and gay men; social work and counseling students' attitudes


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