Intersectional identities and dilemmas in interactions with healthcare professionals: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of British Muslim gay men

Semlyen, J., Ali, A. and Flowers, P. (2018) Intersectional identities and dilemmas in interactions with healthcare professionals: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of British Muslim gay men. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 20(9), pp. 1023-1035. (doi:10.1080/13691058.2017.1411526) (PMCID:PMC4306759)

Semlyen, J., Ali, A. and Flowers, P. (2018) Intersectional identities and dilemmas in interactions with healthcare professionals: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of British Muslim gay men. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 20(9), pp. 1023-1035. (doi:10.1080/13691058.2017.1411526) (PMCID:PMC4306759)

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Abstract

Individual interviews were conducted with six self-identified Muslim gay men living in London focusing on their experience of health service use. Transcripts were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Analysis identified two major themes: the close(d) community and self-management with healthcare professionals, detailing participants’ concerns regarding the risks of disclosing sexuality; and the authentic identity – ‘you’re either a Muslim or you’re gay, you can’t be both’ – which delineated notions of incommensurate identity. Analysis highlights the need for health practitioners to have insight into the complexity of intersectional identities, identity disclosure dynamics and the negative consequences of assumptions made, be these heteronormative or faith-related.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Flowers, Professor Paul
Authors: Semlyen, J., Ali, A., and Flowers, P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Journal Name:Culture, Health and Sexuality
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1369-1058
ISSN (Online):1464-5351
Published Online:22 December 2017

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