While 4-H espouses to be inclusive of all, the reality is often that the bulk of membership within 4-H community clubs is viewed with a heteronormative lens of participation. Recognizing that existing studies of gay and bisexual individuals who grew up in 4-H do not exist, this study is novel and critical to begin to fill the research gap and provide evidence of the experiences of gay male youth in 4-H. A total of 165 gay and bisexual men who are 4-H alumni shared what about 4-H helped them feel included, that they belonged, and what about the experience caused them to feel excluded. Respondents also offer advice to help 4-H leaders create welcoming and inclusive environments where LGBTQ+ children may thrive. Furthermore, based on the findings, recommendations for the Cooperative Extension System and future studies are offered.
Howard, J., McCoy, T., & Wang, C. (2021). Nationwide Perspectives and Experiences of Gay and Bisexual Male 4-H Alums. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 9(3), 6. https://scholarsjunction.msstate.edu/jhse/vol9/iss3/6
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