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...And Then I Became Gay: Young Men's Stories

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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...

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Overview

"...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.

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This thoughtful, well-researched study provides a fresh perspective on the formative years of contemporary gay and bisexual males in our society. Savin-Williams (clinical psychology, Cornell Univ.) postulates that although their experiences have some distinct similarities, they are complemented by "differential developmental trajectories." This individuation is illuminated by the "young men's stories," drawn from interviews with 180 men aged 14 to 25 years, which enrich the text. These graphic and poignant reminiscences recount such developmental milestones as awareness and acceptance of a gay or bisexual identity, initial sexual experiences (both homo- and heterosexual), and the coming-out process, as well as delving into issues faced by youths who are both cultural and sexual minorities. Although the book is essentially a scholarly treatise, the sensitive treatment and personal narratives will appeal to well-informed lay readers. Recommended for academic and special collections in gay studies, human sexuality, and psychology and optional for larger public libraries.Richard Violette, Social Law Lib., Boston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415916776
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/20/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Ritch C. Savin-Williams is Professor of Clinical and Developmental Psychology at Cornell University. He is co-editor of The Lives of Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals: Children to Adults (1996).

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Personal Stories and Sexuality 1
2 Childhood: Memories of Same-Sex Attractions 21
3 Labeling Feelings and Attractions 47
4 First Gay Sex 67
5 First Heterosexual Sex 97
6 Labeling Self as Gay or Bisexual 121
7 Disclosure to Others 141
8 First Gay Romance 159
9 Positive Identity 181
10 Ethnic Youths 203
11 The Diversity of Gay Youth 221
Notes 235
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2000

    AWESOME Book!!!

    This is a Must Read for anyone who is either questioning their sexuality or who are needing help coping. Also a wonderful book for Moms & Dads.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2000

    A grate coffee table book

    I could place myself in their own life story

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