Art Therapy and LGBTQ: Bridge to Understanding

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Morales, Nancy
Master of Arts in Art Therapy
The lack of participatory arts-based studies in multi-cultural investigation overlooks the window of opportunity to use art making as a means to gain deeper insight from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Without the ability to participate in the production of knowledge informing art therapy research, understanding of the LGBTQ community may be insufficient and superficial. This peer-led research gave participants a voice in the research process that helped them gain insight into their preliminary healing goals. The overarching themes throughout the study were relationship and sexuality related to (a) social and internal acceptance of sexual expression and identity, (b) discovery and change found in critical inquiry, and (c) effects of and resilience to heteronormativity. More participatory arts-based research was recommended to increase understanding and multicultural competency that comes from accurate information about the LGBTQ population.