Lives of Lesbian Elders: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Lives of Lesbian Elders: Looking Back, Looking Forward

by J Dianne Garner, D. Merilee Clunis, Pat A. Freeman, Nancy M. Nystrom, Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0789023334

ISBN-13: 9780789023339

Pub. Date: 12/28/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Lives of Lesbian Elders: Looking Back, Looking Forward illuminates the hopes, fears, issues, and concerns of gay women as they grow older. Based on interviews with 62 lesbians ranging in age from 55 to 95, this very special book provides a historical account of the shared experiences of the lesbian community that is so often invisible or ignored in contemporary

Overview

Lives of Lesbian Elders: Looking Back, Looking Forward illuminates the hopes, fears, issues, and concerns of gay women as they grow older. Based on interviews with 62 lesbians ranging in age from 55 to 95, this very special book provides a historical account of the shared experiences of the lesbian community that is so often invisible or ignored in contemporary society. The book gives voice to their thoughts and feelings on a wide range of issues, including coming out, identity and the meaning of life, the role of family and personal relationships, work and retirement, adversity, and individual sources of strength and resilience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789023339
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Series:
Haworth Innovations in Feminist Studies
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

  • Preface and Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Getting Started
  • Historical Background
  • Chapter 1. Coming Out
  • Coming Out: What Does It Mean?
  • The Closet
  • Growing Up Different
  • Marriage and Motherhood
  • Resistance and Rebels
  • Coming Out Older
  • The Movements
  • Chapter 2. Identity
  • What’s in a Name?
  • Identity Development
  • Family Influence on Identity
  • Turning Points
  • Finding Meaning in Life
  • Chapter 3. Family
  • Defining Family
  • Biological Family
  • The Lesbian Family: Partnerships and Relationships
  • Chapter 4. Work
  • Work and Sexual Identity
  • Lesbians in the Military
  • Work and the Double Life
  • Work Satisfaction
  • Planning for Retirement
  • Retirement
  • Chapter 5. Aging and Hopes for the Future
  • Aging: The Challenges and Anticipations
  • Financial Security
  • Independence and Dependence
  • Housing and Community
  • Partnerships: Journeying Through Life Together
  • Hopes for the Future
  • Chapter 6. Adversity
  • Family Rejection
  • Education, Military, and Political Lessons
  • Social Isolation
  • Looking Trouble in the Eye
  • Chapter 7. Resiliency
  • I Know Who I Am
  • Sources of Support
  • Best Times
  • Spirituality
  • Dreams and Desires
  • Advice for Younger Generations
  • Chapter 8. Conclusion
  • Appendix A. Historical Time Line
  • Appendix B. Demographic Information
  • Appendix C. Suggested Reading
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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