Sex Roles

, Volume 64, Issue 5–6, pp 299–310 | Cite as

Differences in Black and White American College Students’ Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gay Men

  • Bernard E. WhitleyJr
  • Christopher E. Childs
  • Jena B. Collins
Original Article


Differences in attitudes toward lesbians and gay men (ATLGM) held by Black and White Americans have rarely been studied systematically despite anecdotal evidence suggesting that Black Americans may be less accepting of lesbians and gay men than are White Americans. We tested the hypothesis that Black American’s ATLGM would be less positive than White Americans’ using data collected from 60 Black (36 female, 24 male) and 62 White (25 female, 37 male) students from a public university in the Midwestern United Sates. We found that Black students held generally neutral ATLGM whereas White students’ attitudes were slightly positive. This difference was mediated by racial group differences in right-wing authoritarianism.


Attitudes toward lesbians and gay men Racial group differences Gender differences U. S. college students 



We thank Sharon Bowman and Mary Kite for their helpful comments on earlier versions of this article. Portions of the results of this research were reported at the 2009 meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard E. WhitleyJr
    • 1
  • Christopher E. Childs
    • 1
  • Jena B. Collins
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychological ScienceBall State UniversityMuncieUSA

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