From Same-Sex Desire to Homosexual Identity
History, Biography, and the Production of the Sexual Self in Lesbian and Gay Elders' Narratives
This chapter presents a study that examined the range of self-identified lesbian and gay elders' identity practices. The research is based on open-ended, in-depth interviews, each lasting for 2-3 hours, conducted in 1995 with thirty-five self-identified gay men and women aged 65 and over living in the greater Los Angeles area. The study showed patterns in these identity practices, grounded in the discourses of homosexuality that prevailed in the 20th century and in the specific discourse of homosexuality through which informants had crafted their sexual identities.
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