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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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(My) Stories of Lesbian Friendship

(My) Stories of Lesbian Friendship

(p.177) 8 (My) Stories of Lesbian Friendship
The Story of Sexual Identity

Jacqueline S. Weinstock

Oxford University Press

This chapter reflects upon the author's changing experiences and understandings of lesbian friendship in relation to the prevailing story lines evident in the literature on lesbians' friendships. It begins by examining select early childhood and adolescent experiences that informed her initial views about the nature and power of friendship. From there, it examines select young adulthood experiences, through college, graduate school, and postdoctoral years, with a focus on her coming out as a lesbian, connecting with lesbian and feminist communities, and making her initial decision to direct her scholarly attention to lesbian friendships. The chapter briefly reviews her published writings in this area, and the connections between these works and her own experiences, beliefs, and questions about friendship. Finally, it identifies and explores several emerging side plots, evident throughout her friendship experiences and writings, but now transforming the story and challenging the validity of the friendship narrative she has told to date.

Keywords:   lesbians, friendships, narratives, lesbian communities, feminist communities, friendship narratives

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