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Jesus Ramirez-Valles

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190276348

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190276348.001.0001

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Grand

Grand

“I Am a Humanitarian”

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(p.127) 7 Grand
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Queer Aging
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Jesus Ramirez-Valles

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190276348.003.0007

Grand calls himself a “humanitarian,” yet in In the eyes of our hegemonic culture, Grand’s life exemplifies deviations. He is the father of two grown children, whom he conceived in his youth when married to a woman. Grand is close to his family of origin, which includes two lesbian sisters. He lost two brothers to substance abuse and AIDS. All siblings raise their children collectively. Grand is a black man of 65 years of age, who still works full-time. He is in a long-term relationship with a bisexual man and thinks of himself as a driven humanitarian. He has built a career and a life providing health and social services to marginalized men.

Keywords:   Bisexual men, black men, family, intimate relations, older gay men, social services

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