≪Organizer Abstract≫
In keeping with the theme for the 2016 International Congress of Psychology, "diversity in harmony," this symposium presents cross-cultural perspectives on the ways that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals experience stigma and acceptance within their families of origin. Families are sources of support and connection in many cultures, yet maintaining connections with family can be challenging for people whose sexual orientation and/or gender identity differs from dominant norms. Rejection of LGBT people by their family can lead to homelessness, abuse, and increased risk of mental and physical health problems. On the other hand, when LGBT people find acceptance in their families, family can be an important buffer against social stigma. This symposium will include speakers from Tanzania, the Netherlands, India, and the United Kingdom, who will describe the unique features of each cultural context and discuss how LGBT individuals within these cultures negotiate heterosexism in their families.
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