Alternative Lifestyles

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 236–243 | Cite as

Lifestyles and identity maintenance among gay Japanese-American males

  • Wayne S. Wooden
  • Harvey Kawasaki
  • Raymond Mayeda


An exploratory study of thirteen Japanese-American gay men residing in the Los Angeles area found that those men who had disclosed their sexual orientation to family members were more likely to express more positive attitudes concerning a variety of issues. Detailed personal accounts of these patterns are presented along with discussions of how Asian homosexuals maintain their “double-minority” identities as both Japanese and gay.


Family Member Sexual Orientation Social Policy Positive Attitude Social Issue 
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© Human Sciences Press 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wayne S. Wooden
    • 1
  • Harvey Kawasaki
    • 2
  • Raymond Mayeda
    • 3
  1. 1.California State Polytechnic UniversityPomona
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaLos Angeles
  3. 3.California State UniversityLong Beach

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