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Qual Health Res. 2019 Mar 28:1049732319837572. doi: 10.1177/1049732319837572. [Epub ahead of print]

"We Are Powerful People": Health-Promoting Strengths of LGBTQ Communities of Color.

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1 New York University, New York, USA.


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities of color experience intersecting systems of oppression that limit access to health care, safety, and other basic resources. Important research has documented these disparities, their antecedents, and consequences. However, little research has examined the strengths of multiply marginalized LGBTQ communities. Drawing from a health equity framework, this study is based on interviews with 38 LGBTQ-identified people of color in New York City. We used framework analysis to examine participants' perspectives on the role of community in enhancing health and well-being. Community strengths identified by participants included (a) safety, acceptance, and support; (b) interconnectedness and resource sharing; and (c) advocacy, collective action, and community potential. Recommendations for policy, practice, and future research are suggested, including efforts toward community power building.


New York City; bisexuals; community health; gays and lesbians; health seeking; illness experience; in-depth interviews; lived experience; race; racism; resilience; resistance; social support; transgender


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