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In this study, the researchers examined how lesbian, gay, and bisexual undergraduate students negotiated and defined their spiritual identities during the coming-out process. Although there were varied responses, the findings suggest that students describe spirituality as acceptance, personal relationships with a powerful essence, and connections to nature. When navigating multiple identities, students experienced various levels of intersectionality including irreconciliation, progressive development, arrested development, completed development, and reconciliation.

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"This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, Special Issue: Finding the Spirit Within: Spirituality Issues in the LGBT Community on 2011, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/15538605.2011.633052."

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Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling


Taylor & Francis