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The Story of Sexual IdentityNarrative Perspectives on the Gay and Lesbian Life Course$
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Phillip L. Hammack and Bertram J. Cohler

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326789

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326789.001.0001

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The Good (Gay) Life

The Good (Gay) Life

The Search for Signs of Maturity in the Narratives of Gay Adults

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The Story of Sexual Identity

Laura A. King

Chad M. Burton

Aaron C. Geise

Oxford University Press

What makes a life good has been a topic of concern for human beings throughout the ages. Good lives may be thought of as truly exemplary in some way in terms of fulfillment, moral character, health, success, or excellence. In contemporary political discourse, some have asserted that the phrase “good gay life” is somehow an oxymoron. However, life experience and empirical evidence suggest otherwise. This chapter traces the narrative reflections of these virtues in the coming-out stories shared by a sample of 107 gay men and lesbians.

Keywords:   homosexuality, gay men, lesbians, life stories, coming out

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