By Nancy J. Knauer
The nearly million homosexual and lesbian elders within the usa are an underserved and understudied inhabitants. At a time while homosexual males and lesbians take pleasure in an extraordinary measure of social popularity and felony security, many elders face the day-by-day demanding situations of getting older remoted from relations, indifferent from the bigger homosexual and lesbian group, and missed through mainstream getting older tasks. Drawing on fabrics from legislations, heritage, and social idea, this booklet integrates functional proposals for reform with higher problems with sexuality and identification. starting with a precis of present demographic info and providing a ancient assessment of pre-Stonewall perspectives of homosexuality, writer Nancy J. Knauer is going directly to handle the invisibility of this group. She examines the a number of double binds relevant to their id formation, together with ageism between gays and lesbians and homophobia between seniors. extra, the ebook specializes in particular felony matters corresponding to property making plans, housing, discrimination, and monetary lack of confidence, and the way they influence this neighborhood uniquely. Integrating thought with functional questions of coverage, and advancing a brand new figuring out of the development of sexuality and id, this ebook advocates significant new reforms designed to make sure fairness and dignity in getting older despite sexual orientation.
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Psychoanalytic theory, to the contrary, offered an experiential explanation for homosexuality. Informed by an elaborate interior view of psychological development, it discarded the congenital determinants of the early sexologists and instead located the cause of homosexuality in an individual’s experience or environment (Bayer 1987: 21). According to this new theory, homosexuals were made – not born. Freudian psychoanalytic theory posited an original state of bisexuality and a natural progression out of that state toward heterosexuality (Terry 1999: 56).
22 Gay and Lesbian Elders The Early Sexologists and the Birth of the Modern Homosexual In 1936, the year the oldest of today’s gay and lesbian elders turned 21, the very concept that a homosexual was a distinct and identifiable type of individual was relatively new, which could help explain why some members of the pre-Stonewall generation report that when they first experienced same-sex attraction they did not know there was a word to describe their feelings (Cohler 2003). To 21st-century readers, however, it might come as a surprise to learn that the homosexual is a peculiarly modern creation.
Census Bureau were to start to collect data on sexual orientation, it could very well trigger a skeptical and perhaps fearful response from some quarters of the gay and lesbian community. Indeed, for those suspicious of Gay and Lesbian Elders in the New Millennium 35 government intrusion, such a proposal could bring to mind the misuse of census data by the United States in connection with the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II or even the role census data played in the Final Solution.
Gay and Lesbian Elders: History, Law, and Identity Politics in the United States by Nancy J. Knauer