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Exploring Daily Microaggressions and Health Behaviors in the Lives of Black Young Sexual Minority Men

 

Theme: Microaggressions: Conceptual, Research, and Practice/Intervention Implications; Freedom of Expression and Race: Considerations, Tensions, and Contradictions
Project Title: Exploring Daily Microaggressions and Health Behaviors in the Lives of Black Young Sexual Minority Men
GranteeStephanie Cook, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Biostatistics and Social & Behavioral Health at New York University
Grant Period: January-June 2018

Abstract
Emerging evidence suggests that sexual minority men (YSMM) who are also racial/ethnic minorities are at an increased risk for poor health outcomes as compared to their white and heterosexual counterparts. This increased risk is posited to be, in part, due to exposure to everyday racial/ethnic and sexual orientation discrimination (i.e., microaggressions). Further, these racial/ethnic and sexual orientation-related microaggressions are becoming ever more visible under the current political administration as there are consistent threats to the laws and policies aimed at protecting these individuals. Given these considerations, it is imperative that research examines the association between everyday exposure to both racial/ethnic and/or sexual orientation discrimination on health outcomes of YSMM. In this study, we seek to examine differences in health outcomes between YSMM and Black YSMM. Findings from this study will be disseminated through an Insight paper, a published article, youth community workshops, and Community Advisory Board meetings. Overall, results from this study will contribute to the creation of more comprehensive, culturally-sensitive public health interventions and health policies that impact Black YSMM.