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Grief in GLBT Populations: Focus on Gay and Lesbian Youth: Linda Goldman and Vincent M. Livoti

T he researcher-practitioner dialogue within this chapter explicates the sociocultural underpinnings of bereavement, depression, and suicide in gay and lesbian youth populations. Through an examination of both the causal factors and the subsequent therapeutic responses, we will explain how the “coming-out” experience for many gay and lesbian youth is both a literal and symbolic grieving process largely established and reinforced through the mechanisms of contemporary Western media. This dialogue will conclude with approaches to personal empowerment and counseling for gay and lesbian young people as they strive to positively embrace their identity.