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Black in the Rainbow: “Quaring” the Black Gay Male Student Experience at Historically Black Universities
Journal of African American Males in Education (2013)
  • Darris R Means, University of Georgia
  • Audrey J Jaeger, North Carolina State University at Raleigh

This qualitative study explores the collegiate experiences of four Black gay male students who attend historically Black universities. The study utilizes a quare theory framework, an alternative framework to queer theory. Quare theory calls our attention to the intersection of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. Data were collected through a 1:1 interview with each participant and photovoice. This study reveals how the students navigate their collegiate experiences, internalize homophobia, begin to embrace their own sexual orientation identity, and find support (or lack of support) for their sexual orientation identities. Recommendations for practice and directions for future research are offered.

  • Black gay males,
  • quare theory,
  • and historically Black colleges and universities
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Means, D.R., & Jaeger, A.J. (2013). Black in the rainbow: “Quaring” the Black gay male student experience at historically Black universities. Journal of African American Males in Education, 4(2), 124-140.