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Out in TimeThe Public Lives of Gay Men from Stonewall to the Queer Generation$
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Perry N. Halkitis

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190686604

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190686604.001.0001

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Generational Crises

Generational Crises

(p.33) Chapter 2 Generational Crises
Out in Time

Perry N. Halkitis

Oxford University Press

There are many commonalities in the coming out experiences of gay men both within and across the generations despite greater tolerance and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in the United States that has developed in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. While there is this bond that ties the men across the Stonewall, AIDS, and Queer generations, there are generational differences in coming out shaped by a crisis that defined and defines much of the lives of the men within each of these cohorts. The crises of identity, the crisis of AIDS, and the crisis of failure are explored as the defining element of each generation, respectively, with recognition that these crises are cumulative across time. Despite their connections as gay men and commonality in life experiences shaped by gay identity discourse, there are also intergenerational challenges and conflicts that emerge between the age groups.

Keywords:   identity disclosure, historical epoch, cohort, crisis, gay identity, AIDS, failure, intergenerational dynamics

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