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2006) reminds us that, “What is often called the LGBT community is, in fact, many smaller populations that have in common only their minority sexual orientation. Issues such as age, race, ethnicity, religion, class and gender often are more relevant to a person’s sense of self and sense of community than is sexual orientation” (p. 10). Although the LGBT population is also diverse, images of people of color who are lesbians, bisexuals, and gay men are missing from most portrayals of people of minority sexual orientation.
Blacks or African Americans People of African descent who reside in the United States are categorized as Black or African American and they come from varied backgrounds. Most African Americans are descendants of peoples who were enslaved and brought to the United States from Africa. , Ethiopia, Somalia). Little is known about the health and well-being of these more recent Black immigrants (Williams, 2004). Knowing the cultural background and remembering the life experiences of current African American elders is very important to understanding their current situation.
We will follow David Williams’ example (Williams, 2004), which he describes as an effort to recognize individual dignity, and will use the most preferred terms for each ethnic group interchangeably throughout the text. Similarly, there are differences in appropriate labels for sexual orientation with the term “homosexual” currently in disfavor. Accordingly, we will refer to elders who are not heterosexual by the preferred labels of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. In addition to group members’ preferences for a particular name or label, the federal government determines how a particular group is categorized.
Aging and Diversity: An Active Learning Experience, 2nd Edition by Chandra Mehrotra, Lisa Wagner