Experiences of Hmong gay and lesbian individuals

The issue of Hmong Gay and Lesbian identity might be a sensitive topic but needs to be explored with Hmong individuals who are gay or lesbian so that there is a better understanding of this issue and so as social workers we have a deeper knowledge of the cultural background of the Hmong culture. This research explores the experiences of Hmong individuals who identify themselves as gay or lesbian, and explores what issues are a concern for them and their families. Five individual participants provided information about their experiences during individual face to face interviews. Results indicated family unity was a concern for almost all of the individuals in this study due to the traditional Hmong expectation that family is an important aspect of a person’s life and a cultural expectation of strong family unity. Additionally, most of the participants reported some difficulties in their family relationships and most had experienced a lack of family support.