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Gay and Lesbian Aging

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Gay and Lesbian Aging

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Research and Future Directions


  • Gilbert Herdt PhD
  • Brian De Vries PhD

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The year 2003 marks the 30th anniversary of the landmark "declassification" of homosexuality as a disease by the American Psychiatric Association--a watershed in the lives of gays and lesbians in the United States. For the first time in history, a generation of self-identified lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender individuals are approaching retirement. This volume brings to the forefront important issues concerning the health, mental health, and concomitant special social service needs of this population and emphasizes the need for more research on aging sexual minorities.

Based on empirical and qualitative research methods, chapters focus on the myriad issues of aging for lesbians and gay men including:

  • Social and Cultural Considerations about HIV Among Midlife and Older Gay Men
  • Psychological Well-Being in Midlife Older Gay Men
  • Well-Being Among Middle-Aged and Older Single Gay Men
  • Lesbian Friendships at and Beyond Midlife

Contributors include Judith Barker, Jacqueline Weinstock, Bertram Cohler, and Doug Kimmel, among others.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 17, 2003
  • Page Count 320
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826122346
  • EISBN 9780826122339

Table of Contents 

    Gay and Lesbian Aging: An Introduction, G. Herdt and B. de Vries
    Section I: Setting the Stage
  1. The Study of Gay and Lesbian Aging: Lessons for Social Gerontology, B. de Vries and J.A. Blando
  2. Lesbian Aging: An Agenda for Social Research, J. Barker
  3. From A Far Place: Social and Cultural Considerations About HIV Among Midlife and Older Gay Men, E.M. Gorman and K. Nelson

  4. Section II: Empirical Contributions
  5. Psychological Well-Being in Midlife Older Gay Men, R. Kertzner, I. Meyer, and C. Dolezal
  6. Disclosure and Depression Among Older Gay and Homosexual Men: Findings from the Urban Men’s Health Study, T. Rawls
  7. Old, Gay, and Alone? The Ecology of Well-Being Among Middle-Aged and Older Single Gay Men, A. Hostetler
  8. Lesbian Friendships at and Beyond Midlife: Patterns and Possibilities for the 21st Century, J.S. Weinstock
  9. Saturday Night at the Tubs: Age and Cohort and Social Life at the Urban Gay Bath, B. Cohler
  10. Narrating Past Experience and Present Concerns: Older Gay Men in Norway, H. Kristiansen

  11. Section III: Future Directions
  12. Issues to Consider in Studies of Midlife and Older Sexual Minorities, D. Kimmel