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Title Lives of lesbian elders : looking back, looking forward / D. Merilee Clunis [and three others] ; Kerry E. Mack, cover design
Published New York ; Oxfordshire, England : Routledge, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (222 pages)
Contents Cover; Lives of Lesbian Elders; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents ; Preface and Acknowledgments; Introduction; Getting Started; Historical Background; Chapter 1. Coming Out; Coming Out: What Does It Mean?; The Closet; Growing Up Different; Marriage and Motherhood; Resistance and Rebels; Coming Out Older; The Movements; Chapter 2. Identity; What's in a Name?; Identity Development; Family Influence on Identity; Turning Points; Finding Meaning in Life; Chapter 3. Family; Defining Family; Biological Family; The Lesbian Family: Partnerships and Relationships
Chapter 4. WorkWork and Sexual Identity; Lesbians in the Military; Work and the Double Life; Work Satisfaction; Planning for Retirement; Retirement; Chapter 5. Aging and Hopes for the Future; Aging: The Challenges and Anticipations; Financial Security; Independence and Dependence; Housing and Community; Partnerships: Journeying Through Life Together; Hopes for the Future; Chapter 6. Adversity; Family Rejection; Education, Military, and Political Lessons; Social Isolation; Looking Trouble in the Eye; Chapter 7. Resiliency; I Know Who I Am; Sources of Support; Best Times; Spirituality
Dreams and DesiresAdvice for Younger Generations; Chapter 8. Conclusion; Appendix A. Historical Time Line; Appendix B. Demographic Information; Appendix C. Suggested Readings; Index
Summary The untold history of lesbian life from those who have lived it! Lives of Lesbian Elders: Looking Back, Looking Forward illuminates the hopes, fears, issues, and concerns of gay women as they grow older. Based on interviews with 62 lesbians ranging in age from 55 to 95, this very special book provides a historical account of the shared experiences of the lesbian community that is so often invisible or ignored in contemporary society. The book gives voice to their thoughts and feelings on a wide range of issues, including coming out, identity and the meaning of life, the role of family
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Lesbianism -- United States -- Public opinion.
Lesbians -- United States -- Social conditions.
Middle-aged lesbians -- United States -- Attitudes.
Older lesbians -- United States -- Attitudes.
Public opinion -- United States.
Form Electronic book
Author Clunis, D. Merilee, author
Mack, Kerry E., cover designer
ISBN 1315785706 (electronic bk.)
1317718313 (electronic bk.)
9781315785707 (electronic bk.)
9781317718314 (electronic bk.)