School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
sexual identity, gay, bisexual, heterosexuality, religious support
Counseling | Religion
Moiforay, McCay Martin, "Sexual Identity, Mental, Emotional, and Religious Stability: A Phenomenological Study Exploring the Religious Lived Experiences of Heterosexual Men Who Once Identified as Gay or Bisexual" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3115.
This study aims are to fill the gap in research with regards to how to successfully provide religious support to men who once identified as gay or bisexual, who currently identify as heterosexual and religious. The research purpose is to share these men lived experiences regarding their sexual identity journey from gay or bisexual to heterosexual within the religious setting. The research plans to help understand what religious support is needed to provide those who desire sexual identity change from gay or bisexual to heterosexual and how this same religious support can be used in maintaining their heterosexual identity. These sexual identity and religious shared lived experiences will also help to identify psychosocial conflicts that may attribute to religious traumas or abuse based on religious values and beliefs so that pastoral counselors, religious leaders, friends, and family within the church environment can effectively support these men in their sexual identity conflicts within religious communities.