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Occidental College

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Fall 2016

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Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender


I grew up in a Christian household and when my brother came out as gay my parents did not react well. My father even said things that seriously affected their relationship. My brother inspired me to conduct research that will help people better understand how LGBT adults who currently live in the Netherlands experience their sexual and Christian identities. I interviewed seven people who identify within the LGBT community and one minister. I focused most of my research in a specific town in the Bible Belt of the Netherlands called Urk. In conclusion, I found that where someone lives and who someone is surrounded by impacts their experiences trying to find the balance between LGBT and Christian identities. Overall, this study explains how important it is to give people the space and the support they need to find their identity in their own way and on their own terms.


Arts and Humanities | Christianity | Community-Based Learning | Dutch Studies | Family, Life Course, and Society | Gender and Sexuality | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Religion



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