Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Program Name/Specialization

Community Psychology


Faculty of Science

First Advisor

Dr. Robb Travers

Advisor Role

Thesis Supervisor


This thesis explores the needs and gaps in knowledge and service delivery in sexual health for racialized LGBTQ youth living in Toronto, Canada from the perspective of service providers. Through a grounded theory approach, data were analysed using an intersectionality lens with the intention that the complex identities of the youth be considered. The findings of this study shed light on the barriers that operate at the micro (ie. personal), meso (ie. community) and macro (ie. societal) levels that affect the sexual health outcomes of racialized LGBTQ youth. Key findings from this study point to: 1) the need to closely examine contexts that can affect racialized LGBTQ youth’s decision for disclosure, such as factors that render these youth invisible and the costs and benefits of disclosure for them; and 2) the importance of providing youth-friendly services that are inclusive of the diverse youth population of Toronto and having larger comprehensive service bodies act as allies to smaller specialized organizations that lack resources. Implications for practice and policy are discussed through the lens of intersectionality that focuses on the necessity of working towards equity on multiple fronts to improve service provision.

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