TitleGenerational changes in the meanings of sex, sexual identity and stigma among Latino young and adult men.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSeverson, N, Muñoz-Laboy, M, Garcia, J, Perry, A, Wilson, P, Parker, R
JournalCult Health Sex
Volume15
Issue7
Pagination804-18
Date Published2013
ISSN1464-5351
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Age Factors, Bisexuality, Cultural Characteristics, Hispanic Americans, Humans, Intergenerational Relations, Male, Men, Middle Aged, Sexual Behavior, Sexual Partners, Sexuality, Social Stigma, Young Adult
Abstract
 

In this paper we examine the sexual identities of Latino men who have sex with men and women, in which an analysis was made of 150 sexual histories of Latino men aged 18-60. This study asks how the bisexual identity and experience of stigma is different for Latino men along the generational spectrum and how do these differences relate to kinship support and gender ideology? In the process of analysis, two main clusters of characteristics were identified to reflect this population: young men aged 18-25, whose open bisexual identity correlated positively with kinship/peer support and flexible gender and sexual roles, and men aged 26-60, who refused or were reluctant to identify as bisexual despite the fact that they were sexually active with both men and women. This group as a whole had less kinship and peer support, were more likely to identify with traditional gender roles and were less sexually versatile. Finally, a third group reflected Latino men across the generational divide who were less concerned with same-sex stigma, but who nevertheless felt the bisexual label to be confining, illegitimate or otherwise negative.

DOI10.1080/13691058.2013.783237
Alternate JournalCult Health Sex
PubMed ID23651224
PubMed Central IDPMC4565494
Grant ListR01 HD041724 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
R01 HD056948 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States