Between Gay and Straight

Between Gay and Straight

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It started as a class project a young, married, small-town white woman interviewing a gay acquaintance and his circle of friends. From this developed a three-year exploration of the complexities of carrying on gay-straight friendships. This reflexive, thoughtful, and compellingly written study moves from gay bars to softball leagues to visits with families and friends, both gay and straight. During its course, the author develops a growing understanding of the differences between the two communities, the difficulties of developing bonds across groups, and the inherent rewards of seeking (and being) the Other in contemporary society. She explores sexuality, marriage, lifestyles, and the meanings of friendship, culminating in a boisterous dissertation defense attended by her new community of friends. As a study of a gay community, a narrative of personal development and change, and an exploration of the use of friendship in conducting research that transforms both participants and researcher, Tillmann-Healy's work will be compelling reading for scholars, students, and the broader community.qaquot;Therea#39;s this man at my office, aquot; Aunt Melanie tells my mother as we finish clearing the table. aquot;He has a picture of his male lover on his desk.aquot; Melaniea#39;s eyes enlarge as she ... During health class, our (hetero)sex education included not a single conversation about aquot;alternative lifestyles.aquot; In fact, when I try to ... One such occurrence took place in seventh grade. The Rules The bell starts ... The voice over the PA system alerts us to the lunch menu before moving on to the main event a€” prom.

Title:Between Gay and Straight
Author: Lisa M. Tillmann-Healy
Publisher:Rowman Altamira - 2001-01-01

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