Sex Roles

, Volume 61, Issue 9–10, pp 599–606 | Cite as

Differences in African American and White Women’s Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gay Men

  • Wilson Vincent
  • John L. PetersonEmail author
  • Dominic J. Parrott
Original Article


The aim of the present study was to examine racial differences in women’s attitudes toward lesbians and gay men and to offer an understanding of these differences. Participants were 224 18–30 year old heterosexual African American (64%) and White (36%) female undergraduates from a large urban university in the southeastern United States. Participants completed measures of social demographics, sexual orientation, and sexual prejudice. Results showed that African American, relative to White, women endorsed more negative attitudes toward lesbians and gay men. Also, unlike White women, African American women reported more negative attitudes toward gay men than lesbians. Implications are discussed regarding differences in cultural contexts that exist between African American and White women.


Gender Race Attitudes toward homosexuality Lesbians Gay men 



This research was supported by grant R01-AA-015445 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wilson Vincent
    • 1
  • John L. Peterson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dominic J. Parrott
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

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