The Burden Never Laid: A Modified Scoping Literature Review Examining the Relationship Between Black Gay Men and the Black Church

“The Burden Never Laid” is a modified scoping literature review that examines the relationship between Black gay men and their ties to the Black Church. An audible artifact with any typical Black Church service, is to hear reference of a “burden”, which is generally understood to be an issue, problem, or troublesome situation that a person is currently facing. A visible artifact found within most Black Churches is an altar, with which a person is instructed to metaphorically lay their burden down on, in reverence and reference to a spiritual phenomenon, believing this will allow the person to be free from the weight of the anxiety and stress of their situation. But for Black gay men, this spiritual transaction is not always feasible for them, given their sexuality, and the social and religious stigma surrounding it. Hearing and being confronted with messages condemning them on multiple occasions, from within their own community, is one of the many burdens that Black gay men carry, in their affiliation with the Black Church. This work was created to shed light on an insufficiently researched population, in hopes that their voices may be shared, and their experiences be recognized and validated, so that they may one day be able to be unburdened, and thusly free.


Tirrezz Hudson, Undergraduate Student
Department of Psychology
North Carolina State University

About the Presenter

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Tirrezz Hudson is a senior earning his BA in Psychology with minors in French and Women & Gender Studies. He is a Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Scholar. He currently serves as an Undergraduate Research Assistant for both the WHOLE Dad Lab as well as the Black Male Engagement Committee. His research interests include: studying group-based behavior for Black men, understanding how sexuality is viewed within racial contexts of Blackness for men, and how religious affiliation affects mental health for Black gay men. He takes a multidisciplinary approach encompassing psychological, sociological, historical, as well as gender, sexuality, and critical race theories.

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