Social Marginalization and Internal Exclusion: Gay Men's Understandings and Experiences of Community

Patrick O'Byrne, Alyssa Bryan, Andrew Hendriks, Cynthia Horvath, Christiane Bouchard, Vera Etches


A total of 27 gay and bisexual men were interviewed about how they perceived the criminal prosecution of persons living with HIV who do not disclose their HIV status. The stories that emerged from the interviews raise questions about the nature of the gay community. The findings centre on the participants' descriptions of (1) the heterosexual meta-culture, (2) the locales of gay life, and (3) unsupportive elements in the gay community. Analysis of the interview data situates the gay community as a place of both inclusion and exclusion and as a heterogeneous environment.

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