Gay and Lesbian Aging: Research and Future Directions

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Gilbert Herdt, PhD, Brian De Vries, PhD
Springer Publishing Company, Nov 17, 2003 - Social Science - 320 pages
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The year 2003 marks the 30th anniversary of the landmark "declassification" of homosexuality as a disease by the American Psychiatric Association--a watershed in the lives of gays and lesbians in the United States. For the first time in history, a generation of self-identified lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender individuals are approaching retirement. This volume brings to the forefront important issues concerning the health, mental health, and concomitant special social service needs of this population and emphasizes the need for more research on aging sexual minorities.

Based on empirical and qualitative research methods, chapters focus on the myriad issues of aging for lesbians and gay men including:

  • Social and Cultural Considerations about HIV Among Midlife and Older Gay Men
  • Psychological Well-Being in Midlife Older Gay Men
  • Well-Being Among Middle-Aged and Older Single Gay Men
  • Lesbian Friendships at and Beyond Midlife

Contributors include Judith Barker, Jacqueline Weinstock, Bertram Cohler, and Doug Kimmel, among others.


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Gilbert Herdt, PhD, is Director of the National Sexuality Resource Center, and Professor and Director of Human Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University.

A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Herdt worked in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, on which his first book, Guardians of the Flutes (nominated for the National Book Award) and a subsequent BBC film were based. Dr. Herdt was previously on the faculty at Stanford University, and was a professor and chair of the Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago.

The recipient of many awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and NIHM Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Ruth Benedict Prize in Anthropology, Herdt has written and edited more than 25 books and 100 journal articles, chapters, monographs, and reports.

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