Lesbian and Gay Youth and Leisure: Implications for Practitioners and Researchers

Authors

  • Beth D. Kivel

Keywords:

Lesbian and gay youth, youth, leisure.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to understand how young people between the ages of 18-23, who self-identify as lesbian or gay, conceptualize and understand the term leisure. A qualitative research design was used with a purposive sample often young people. Participants were interviewed using a standardized, open-ended interview in San Francisco, California during July and August, 1993. The results of this study suggest that the social construction of leisure for lesbian/gay youth involves issues of sexual identity, safety, and corning out. Implications for leisure service providers suggest examining programs for accessibility to lesbian/gay youth, and implications for researchers suggest broadening the underlying assumptions about adolescents, identity formation, and leisure.

Published

1994-10-04

Issue

Section

Regular Papers