The Vermont Connection


We, the authors (an Indian American Hindu and a Filipino American Catholic), share our experiences as gay Asian American graduate students in a higher education and student affairs administration program. We first focus on the ongoing struggles of being gay in conservative Asian American cultures and religious traditions. Next we describe our experiences as Asian Americans in a gay culture that is predominantly White. The hybridization of our ethnic/religious and sexual identities during our graduate school experience concludes the piece. This Scholarly Personal Narrative provides our reflections on identity development and factors that have influenced the process. We provide suggestions for the field on how to increase the presence of underrepresented groups.