Religious affiliation is generally a source of support, fostering resilience during difficult times. But religion doesn’t exactly have a reputation as a refuge for young gay people.
That reputation may change for the better with new findings from researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea.
“The common assumption is that religion is anti-gay,” says Maurice Gattis, a UW–Madison assistant professor of social work. “But we’re having more nuanced conversations now, as things like religious marriage become open to same-sex couples.”