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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0789023342

ISBN-13: 9780789023346

Pub. Date: 12/28/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The untold history of lesbian life from those who have lived it! 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

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The untold history of lesbian life from those who have lived it! 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. Cast off and overlooked at best or victims of scorn and prejudice at worst, lesbians in the twentieth century lived dual lives, their full voices unheard-until now. Lives of Lesbian Elders chronicles the life choices they made and their reasons for making them, set against the contexts of culture, politics, and the social mores during the eras in which they lived. Their stories of courage, resilience, resourcefulness, pride, and independence help restore lesbian history that has been forgotten, distorted, or disregarded and provide the information necessary to meet the future needs of aging lesbians.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789023346
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Series:
Haworth Innovations in Feminist Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(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 Timeline
Appendix B. Demographics
Suggested Reading
Index
Reference Notes Included

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