Introduction It is the duty of social workers to advocate for vulnerable and oppressed groups. Becoming aware of the life span development of various cultures, nationalities, ethnicities, social classes, and diverse forms of families enables social workers to identify areas that are unique and require further research. Learning about the unique aspects of various cultures and social classes also provide social workers with an enhanced understanding and ideas for social work implications on a micro and macro level in efforts to improve the wellbeing of the clients. This paper serves as a written analysis of homosexuality as a social class and discusses unique aspects of development, transition markers for various life stages, and
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Despite previous research on homosexual’s ability to express themselves and high levels of openness, homosexuals exhibit a pattern of psychological distress. Based on anxiety scales conducted on homosexual men who experienced childhood gender nonconformity, there is a significant correlation with adult psychological distress when it comes to depression and anxiety (Skidmore, Linsenmeire, & Bailey, 2006). This is a significant gender difference because it shows that homosexual men psychologically experience more distress than their counterparts. Bailey and Zucker (1995), conducted a review on the link between childhood gender nonconformity and distress and came up with a similar analysis, gay men in fact encounter significantly high levels of distress in comparison to lesbians. Lippa (2008), suggest that the reason for the significant difference in distress is because of socially accepted norms; society is more unaccepting and restrict men more than women from engaging in nontraditional gender related behaviors.
Marriage Roles within Same-Sex Homosexual men and women are afraid to embrace their nontraditional gender roles because of the backlash and negative responses that they may receive from society. “One aspect of gender roles is that every adult will eventually date or marry a person of the opposite sex (assumed heterosexual coupling). Conversely, those who have