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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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“Being Older and Being by Yourself”

(p.139) 8 Charlie
Queer Aging

Jesus Ramirez-Valles

Oxford University Press

At the age of 56, Charlie is openly gay; in good health; involved in LGBT organizations and grassroots political groups, locally and abroad, from which he has developed a large group of friends; and is secure financially. Yet, his story is one about being different and single, yearning for an intimate companion. Charlie, who is Jewish, is an intellectual and, politically, on the Left. He is not physically striking for the standards of white young men, so he has never joined the mainstream gay life of bars, parties, and sex fully. He is satisfied with life, enjoying gardening, travelling and activism but feels unrealized emotionally and sexually.

Keywords:   Activism, friendships, Front Runners, loneliness, older gay men, singlehood, social networks

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