Biculturalism and Sexual Orientation

The concepts of biculturalism and sexual orientation share an overlapping emphasis on identity integration within specific cultural demands. Biculturalism is the integration of two cultures and can occur on an individual or societal level, whereas sexual orientation typically refers to sexual attraction and/or romantic attraction toward a member of a particular group. The intersection of these concepts reveals the reciprocity that is inherent in the relationship between culture and identity; in other words, culture and identity shape and inform each other in meaningful ways. The purpose of this entry is to introduce and describe the nature of the intersection between biculturalism and sexual orientation. Thus, the entry offers a brief overview of the literature on both concepts, followed by descriptions and examples of three ...

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