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Current understandings of gender and sexual identities are limited given the diversity of the LGBTQ + community. Researchers and clinicians are constantly challenged by the ever- expanding identity options. The current analysis seeks to bring awareness to the importance of moving beyond traditional binary gender identity and sexual identity categories when working with Millennial and Generation Z LGBTQ + populations.

Garrett-Walker, J. J. & Montagno, M. (2021). Expanding identity categories in LGBTQ+ research and clinical practices. Journal of LGBT Youth. Advance online publication.

Participation in activist groups has been demonstrated to have myriad benefits for LGBTQ+ individuals, including decreasing the negative mental health effects of discrimination. In this brief report, we present results from an exploratory study examining two factors that impact individuals’ involvement in activist groups: internalized heterosexism and connection to LGBTQ+ community.

Montagno, M. & Garrett-Walker, J. J. (2021). LGBTQ+ Engagement in Activism: An examination of internalized heterosexism and community connectedness. Journal of Homosexuality. Advance online publication.

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between mental health outcomes, internalized heterosexism, and perceived racism on connection to the LGBTQ+ community. 

Felipe, L. C., Garrett-Walker, J. J., & Montagno, M. (2020). Monoracial and multiracial LGBTQ+ people: Comparing internalized heterosexism, perceptions of racism, and connection to LGBTQ+ communities. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Advance online publication.

Black lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) emerging adults experience social marginalization due to the intersection of their racial and sexual identities. The current study assessed social support, racial and sexual identity, in addition to psychosocial markers.

Walker, J. J., Longmire-Avital, B., & Golub, S. (2015). Racial and sexual identities as potential buffers to risky sexual behavior for Black gay and bisexual emerging adult men. Health Psychology, 34, 841-846.

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