And Then I Became Gay: Young Men's Stories

And Then I Became Gay: Young Men's Stories

by Ritch Savin-Williams
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415916763

ISBN-13: 9780415916769

Pub. Date: 11/28/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

"...And Then I Became Gay is about the lives of young men who express the complications, adversities, and satisfactions of being a sexual outsider in North America during the 1980s and 1990s. Consisting of narratives which chronicle developmental progression from first memories of being attracted to other males to a subsequent integration of their sexual

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"...And Then I Became Gay is about the lives of young men who express the complications, adversities, and satisfactions of being a sexual outsider in North America during the 1980s and 1990s. Consisting of narratives which chronicle developmental progression from first memories of being attracted to other males to a subsequent integration of their sexual identity with a personal identity, this book is also unique in its cross-section of men from different ethnic backgrounds. Although each story in this volume has a personal meaning to the individual youth disclosing it, aspects of these narratives can express a normative experience growing up gay or bisexual during the past two decades. For many of the contributors and readers, these stories may prove to be not only ones of coming out, but coming of age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415916769
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Personal Stories and Sexuality

2. Childhood: Memories of Same-Sex Attractions

3. Labeling Feelings and Attractions

4. First Gay Sex

5. First Heterosexual Sex

6. Labeling Self as Gay or Bisexual

7. Disclosure to Others

8. First Gay Romance

9. Positive

Identity

10. Ethnic Youths

11. The Diversity of Gay Youth

the invaluable opportunity for the reader to hear the stories of gay and bisexual youth and, in doing so, he has dispelled popular myths about childhood sexual 'innocence' (as if no experience is better than some) and that pre-adult sex can only be abusive and traumatic. In letting gay

youth speak for itself he has opened the way for all youth of all sexual persuasions, to reclaim and give meaning to their own sexuality (John P. De Cecco, Center For Research & Education in Sexuality)

well-informed lay readers. Recommended for academic and special collections in gay studies, human sexuality, and psychology (Library Journal)

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