By Juan Battle, Antonio (Jay) Pastrana Jr., Angelique Harris
This booklet makes use of own narratives and survey information from over 500 respondents to discover the variety of reviews throughout Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT groups in the usa. also, the authors rfile and rejoice some of the daily strengths and techniques hired via this amazing inhabitants to navigate and negotiate their day-by-day lives.
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And it meant the world. Li, a 22-year-old who was born in China but currently lives in Brooklyn, also shared a family coming out story: My mom was a little bit worried in the beginning, but she wasn’t judging me because her favorite singer is also gay. My family is very open to these kinds 48 AN EXAMINATION OF ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER LGBT POPULATIONS . . of stuff. They are not excited about it, but they are not going to cut me off or they are not going to talk to me anymore. ” Or something like that.
I mean it’s not really their fault. It’s just they work from Monday to Saturday, and Sunday is kind of their only day off and so my dad likes to go play golf on the weekends or my mom likes to take time off to herself rather than having to get dressed up and go to church and do all that other stuff. So it was always just me going by myself even until like college, when I was more involved in religious organizations in college. It was always me that went to services by myself. We never went as a family anymore.
Johann explains: “I feel like as a gay man, organized religions always pushed us out. ” And Chen, who was raised Buddhist/Taoist and is now Christian, explains how he reconciles his Christianity and sexuality: For a good while, I had pretty bad depression because in Christianity being gay is a sin. I would wake up every morning and hated my guts, say “Why do I like a man? ” And then over time, I found my peace with it. ” I realized that, hey, you know, I’m human. I’m not perfect. I’m not able to get everything right and I guess if a loving god is going to throw me into hell because of one 4 RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY 41 thing I could not do right, well then you know, I may not want to be with that God anyway.
An Examination of Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT Populations Across the United States: Intersections of Race and Sexuality by Juan Battle, Antonio (Jay) Pastrana Jr., Angelique Harris