Wednesday, January 25, 2017
1:00–2:00 p.m.


Blodgett Hall Room 109

“Allah Made Me This Way”: LGBTQ Muslims’ Identity Conflict and Integration

Presented by Chana Etengoff, Ph.D.

Identity integration can improve overall well-being for sexual and gender minority individuals. However, the majority of psychological scholarship focuses on Christian and Jewish LGBTQ identities and researchers continue to debate whether identity integration is possible for LGBTQ Muslims. To address this debate, I propose an integrated model of sociocultural identity development, emphasizing LGBTQ individuals from Muslim backgrounds. This model builds on my previous work studying how Christian and Jewish gay men mediate identity conflicts with religious and secular cultural tools. I then introduce my current research project, the LGBTQ Muslim Experience Study. This global survey utilizes quantitative and qualitative methodologies to identify the cultural and community factors associated with identity integration, the cultural tools LGBTQ Muslims use to mediate identity conflicts, and the mental health benefits of an integrated sexual and religious identity.

Chana Etengoff completed her Ph.D. in Human Development in 2013 at the Graduate Center of the City of New York. She is currently a Term Assistant Professor at Barnard College-Columbia University. Drawing on a social justice platform, her research studies how cultural, sexual and gender minority groups’ development can improve even amidst adverse circumstances.

For further information, please contact:

Grace Adamo
Undergraduate Psychology Department
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