Exploring the relationship between sexual orientation and religious identities for Jewish lesbian college students.

Research paper by Elisa S ES Abes

Indexed on: 15 Apr '11Published on: 15 Apr '11Published in: Journal of lesbian studies


This exploratory study examined how two Jewish lesbian college students perceived the relationship between their religious and sexual orientation identities over a five-year time span. Based on data from a constructivist, longitudinal qualitative study, these women's stories reveal possibilities and challenges associated with making sense of these two identities individually and in relationship to each other during a time of rapid identity development and changing contexts. Suggestions for educational practice are offered.