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Jesus Ramirez-Valles

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190276348

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190276348.001.0001

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“My Family Is Really My Gay Friends”

(p.113) 6 Ramiro
Queer Aging

Jesus Ramirez-Valles

Oxford University Press

Ramiro comes from a large immigrant family. His parents came from Mexico and he was born in Chicago. He is 56 years old, HIV positive since 1998, and is in a relationship with a black man. He attained graduate education, and has a rewarding and relatively well-paid professional career. “I’m thinking that I’m getting old … I get sad sometimes thinking about it. Now I’m in the mode of “OK, I got to prepare” … Part of it has been to talk with my family about my identity. The next is to work with my partner to see if this is going to go anywhere.

Keywords:   Community, family, friendships, Latino men, living with HIV, older gay men, relationships

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