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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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Between Kansas and Oz

Between Kansas and Oz

Drugs, Sex, and the Search for Gay Identity in the Fast Lane

(p.157) 7 Between Kansas and Oz
The Story of Sexual Identity

Steven P. Kurtz

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes how gay men attempt to locate themselves in an environment in which change, spectacle, and the search for altered states of being are the main constants. It draws on extensive qualitative data collected over a decade to trace patterns in the narratives that gay men use to describe their experiences as they absorb and sometimes separate from the sex-drug pleasure dome that Miami is often seen to represent. The chapter presents the story of how men from diverse backgrounds integrate the sense of themselves as developed throughout childhood and adolescence (“Kansas”) into this urban space that for most of them feels like “Oz”.

Keywords:   homosexuals, sexual identity, gay men, Miami

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