Reflections from University Students in a South African Gay and Lesbian Society

  • Kevin J. GrazianoEmail author


This exploratory study examines the experiences of 20 gay and lesbian students and their involvement in a gay and lesbian Society at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. This study occurred under the theoretical framework of McCarn and Fassinger’s (1996) model of sexual minority identity formation. Participants ranged in age from 20–31 years old and included 17 men and three women. Eighteen were White, 1 was Colored, and 1 was Euro-Asian. Participants discussed positive and negative effects of belonging to the Society, counseling services available on campus, patterns of victimization, and cultural norms regarding gay men and lesbians in South Africa. Recommendations for counselors, staff, educators, and administrators are provided.

Key Words

student affairs counseling gay and lesbian society Stellenbosch University South Africa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nevada State CollegeTeacher Preparation ProgramHenderson

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