Describe what you are recording about. Identify whether it was a journal paper, book chapter; practice observation; taught theory; lecture or other.
I am recording a conversation I had with Stephen who is 25 and a volunteer with GLYNI. GLYNI stands for Gay, Lesbian Youth Northern Ireland. Stephen The conversation came from a discussion we were having around religion and sexual orientation. Stephen came from a faith background and attended his church's youth club from the age of 7 until he was 15.
At 13 Stephen started to realise that he was emotionally and physically attracted to other men and began to struggle with this. He started to self-harm suffering from anorexia and trichotillomania. He specified his self-harming began because he felt he was wrong and hated himself and his body for being attracted to other men. Stephen stated that his faith background had an adverse influence on his thoughts and feelings on his sexual orientation.
Stephen stated that he left the youth club because he couldn’t listen to the negative messages regarding homosexuality that he realised that his youth club was a homophobic place that could not be supportive to him and his inner turmoil over his sexual orientation; it was not a place where he felt his needs could be met.
What was the main message? What did I understand was being said by the author; lecturer; practitioner etc… What argument was used to support their position?
The main message that I got from listening to Stephen was that during the time when he was struggling with his sexual orientation and needed support and guidance he felt that he couldn’t get this from his church, or youth club which was affiliated to the church. The reason was because of his churches negativity towards the LGBT community and the youth workers came across as a homophobic place to Stephen.
Because of his confusion and the conflicts with his faith and sexual orientation this had a damaging effect on his mental health, which led to Stephen suffering from anorexia and trichotillomania.
What is my evaluation of what was being presented / observed? What evidence do I have that either supports or contradicts the above?
(Refer to own experience; broader reading etc...)
My evaluation of Stephen’s self-harming was because he was suffering from internalised homophobia. Internalised homophobia can happen to Lesbian, Gay and bi-sexual people who have grown up listening to negative statements about homosexuality. That it is wrong, immoral and against God’s will, while being taught that heterosexuality is the correct sexuality and the norm in society. This can lead to people internalising the negative ideologies and as a consequence some LGB people suffer distress and mental health problems.
“Internalised homophobia is the result of being brought up in a heterosexist environment, It is simply believing society’s negative attitudes towards homosexuality that can result in guilt, low...