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.
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