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An Unresolved Journey: Religious Discourse and Same-Sex Attracted and Gender Questioning Young People

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Most religious same-sex attracted and gender questioning (SSAGQ) young people discover their sense of self within contexts in which homonegative truths dominate. Historically this group only had the choice of repressing their identities, hiding them, or leaving their faiths. However, religious change and marriage and education rights movements are contributing to more homopositive discourses. Social isolation has been shown to contribute to suicide (Durkheim, 1952). Research in Australia has consistently shown that SSAGQ young people are more likely to suffer social isolation and loneliness. The marginality of religious SSAGQ young people often comes from multiple directions and creates layer after layer of social isolation. A negative reaction from parents towards their SSAGQ children can also contribute to their isolation. The debate around same-sex marriage and LGBTIQ parenting as an equity issue has become prominent in Australian news media and popular culture.

Keywords: Australia; religious discourse; social isolation; SSAGQ



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