Queer youth experiences with abstinence-only-until-marriage sexuality education: "Can't get married so where does that leave me?"

Christopher Micheal Fisher

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Abstinence-only-until-marriage sexuality education has received increasing attention vis-a-vis policy, funding, and research. Despite large sums of federal money to develop, implement, and to some extent, assess abstinence-only education, virtually no studies have looked to assess the experiences of such a curriculum for gay and bisexual male youth. This qualitative study explores narratives from semi-structured interviews of eight self-identified gay and bisexual males who received an abstinence-only-until-marriage sexuality education. Their voices lend empirical evidence to the often cited but undocumented negative gay and bisexual male youth experiences with an abstinence-only sexuality education. These young men recount stories of silence, risk, hostility, and resiliency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-79
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of LGBT Youth
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 27 2009



  • Abstinence
  • Adolescence
  • LGBT
  • Resiliency
  • Sex education
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Education

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