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Title:
Gay men at midlife : age before beauty
Author:
Ellis, Alan L.
Publication Information:
New York : Harrington Park Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
xiii, 145 pages ; 22 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781560239796

9781560239802
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Book

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"Those of us in our forties and fifties came of age in the 1960s and 1970s--a time when the available commentary on gay life was anything but supportive. Until 1973, homosexuality was a diagnosable mental illness." --from the Introduction by Alan L. Ellis

Today, that literary blindness is being remedied. Take an in-depth look into the lives of 15 gay men and how they relate to their own aging with Gay Men at Midlife: Age Before Beauty, a fascinating new book that explores and clarifies the issues that confront gay men as they age.

What happens to gay men's lives when they reach middle age?

The essays in Gay Men at Midlife: Age Before Beauty offer a realistic picture of both the challenges and the joys that present themselves in the lives of gay men at midlife. The book does not gloss over the difficulties of the experience; you will truly come to understand that each gay man is not alone in confronting the pain and mourning that may accompany middle age.

The people who frankly, openly, and intelligently discuss their personal lives in Gay Men at Midlife: Age Before Beauty include: psychotherapist/popular columnist Tom Moon (San Francisco, California) professor of philosophy and literature Alejandro Medina-Bermudez (Madrid, Spain) television executive George Pierson (Bethesda, Maryland) multimedia artist Trevor Southey (born in the country now known as Zimbabwe, currently working in San Francisco) activist/researcher Frank Wong (New York) . . . plus 10 more individuals from varying backgrounds! Gay Men at Midlife: Age Before Beauty provides a look at how these individuals are redefining the stereotypes of aging gay men and empowering themselves to find meaning and purpose in the second half of their lives.


Summary

"Those of us in our forties and fifties came of age in the 1960s and 1970s--a time when the available commentary on gay life was anything but supportive. Until 1973, homosexuality was a diagnosable mental illness." --from the Introduction by Alan L. Ellis

Today, that literary blindness is being remedied. Take an in-depth look into the lives of 15 gay men and how they relate to their own aging with Gay Men at Midlife: Age Before Beauty, a fascinating new book that explores and clarifies the issues that confront gay men as they age.

What happens to gay men's lives when they reach middle age?

The essays in Gay Men at Midlife: Age Before Beauty offer a realistic picture of both the challenges and the joys that present themselves in the lives of gay men at midlife. The book does not gloss over the difficulties of the experience; you will truly come to understand that each gay man is not alone in confronting the pain and mourning that may accompany middle age.

The people who frankly, openly, and intelligently discuss their personal lives in Gay Men at Midlife: Age Before Beauty include: psychotherapist/popular columnist Tom Moon (San Francisco, California) professor of philosophy and literature Alejandro Medina-Bermudez (Madrid, Spain) television executive George Pierson (Bethesda, Maryland) multimedia artist Trevor Southey (born in the country now known as Zimbabwe, currently working in San Francisco) activist/researcher Frank Wong (New York) . . . plus 10 more individuals from varying backgrounds! Gay Men at Midlife: Age Before Beauty provides a look at how these individuals are redefining the stereotypes of aging gay men and empowering themselves to find meaning and purpose in the second half of their lives.


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Library Journal Review

"When we combine negative biases about homosexuality with similarly negative biases about aging, we are left to confront a societal scriptin which isolation, bitterness, and regret multiply with age." Ellis (coauthor, with Bob Powers, of A Family and Friend's Guide to Sexual Orientation) counters this bleak view of middle-aged gay men with this anthology. Sixteen men (including the author), aged between 40 and 60, take stock of their lives, informed by the heightened sense of mortality that comes with these years. As is common with this type of collection, the contributors are diverse in race and religion, and, as is also common, the essays vary in quality. While each man's life has been touched by illness and death, they face their middle years with their dignity, humor, sexuality, and spirituality intact. If some of the essays tend toward self-indulgence, on the whole this slim but worthy volume redresses the dearth of resources on this topic. Recommended for gay studies, human sexuality, and gerontology collections in academic and large public libraries.ARichard J. Violette, Special Libraries Cataloging, Inc., Victoria, BC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal Review

"When we combine negative biases about homosexuality with similarly negative biases about aging, we are left to confront a societal scriptin which isolation, bitterness, and regret multiply with age." Ellis (coauthor, with Bob Powers, of A Family and Friend's Guide to Sexual Orientation) counters this bleak view of middle-aged gay men with this anthology. Sixteen men (including the author), aged between 40 and 60, take stock of their lives, informed by the heightened sense of mortality that comes with these years. As is common with this type of collection, the contributors are diverse in race and religion, and, as is also common, the essays vary in quality. While each man's life has been touched by illness and death, they face their middle years with their dignity, humor, sexuality, and spirituality intact. If some of the essays tend toward self-indulgence, on the whole this slim but worthy volume redresses the dearth of resources on this topic. Recommended for gay studies, human sexuality, and gerontology collections in academic and large public libraries.ARichard J. Violette, Special Libraries Cataloging, Inc., Victoria, BC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Alan L. EllisTom MoonAlan L. EllisStephen W. GoodinAlejandro Medina-BermudezKevin G. BarnhurstCraig WattersGeorge PiersonMichael RossFrank WongTrevor SoutheyMichael SegoviaJeff SiebertChristopher K. BramwellMark M. HarrisArmand R. CerboneAlan L. EllisTom MoonAlan L. EllisStephen W. GoodinAlejandro Medina-BermudezKevin G. BarnhurstCraig WattersGeorge PiersonMichael RossFrank WongTrevor SoutheyMichael SegoviaJeff SiebertChristopher K. BramwellMark M. HarrisArmand R. Cerbone
About the Editorp. ix
Contributorsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Chapter 1. Introduction: The Beauty of Menp. 1
Chapter 2. A Vipassana Romancep. 7
Chapter 3. Breaking Throughp. 17
Chapter 4. I'm Still Herep. 27
Chapter 5. Before a (Prospective) Visit to the Land of the Lotus Eatersp. 37
Chapter 6. Waking Up on the Other Sidep. 45
Chapter 7. Calvinp. 59
Chapter 8. In the Center Ringp. 65
Chapter 9. Voyage to Ithakap. 73
Chapter 10. Dutiful Son, Dutiful Friendp. 79
Chapter 11. The Choicep. 87
Chapter 12. Tesorop. 95
Chapter 13. This Bodyp. 101
Chapter 14. Sense of Placep. 109
Chapter 15. A Photographp. 119
Chapter 16. Between the Living and the Leavingp. 127
About the Editorp. ix
Contributorsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Chapter 1. Introduction: The Beauty of Menp. 1
Chapter 2. A Vipassana Romancep. 7
Chapter 3. Breaking Throughp. 17
Chapter 4. I'm Still Herep. 27
Chapter 5. Before a (Prospective) Visit to the Land of the Lotus Eatersp. 37
Chapter 6. Waking Up on the Other Sidep. 45
Chapter 7. Calvinp. 59
Chapter 8. In the Center Ringp. 65
Chapter 9. Voyage to Ithakap. 73
Chapter 10. Dutiful Son, Dutiful Friendp. 79
Chapter 11. The Choicep. 87
Chapter 12. Tesorop. 95
Chapter 13. This Bodyp. 101
Chapter 14. Sense of Placep. 109
Chapter 15. A Photographp. 119
Chapter 16. Between the Living and the Leavingp. 127

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