Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education




Jason Brown


The study was an investigation of the experiences of gay and lesbian immigrants

to Canada, regarding the life barriers faced and coping strategies utilized to deal with those barriers. Participants were nine individuals who immigrated to Canada from Europe, Latin America, and the United States of America, and resided in four cities across Canada a at the time of the interview. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants, and seven themes emerged from the data. The themes included internalized barriers, relationship barriers, socio-political oppression, internal resources, symbolic resources, relationships/connections, and support from receiving environment. The themes were compared with the available literature and examined for similarities and differences. Implications for counselors were reviewed and potential for future research was discussed.



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