The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity & the Life Course, 1st Edition

  • Jane Traies
  • Published By: Palgrave MacMillan
  • ISBN-10: 1137556439
  • ISBN-13: 9781137556431
  • DDC: 306.76
  • 245 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2016 | Published/Released June 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2016

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This unique book sheds new light on the most invisible members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Hidden by a combination of prevailing cultural assumptions and their own unwillingness to be seen, older lesbians have been consistently under-represented in both popular culture and research. This ground-breaking study, based on a research sample of nearly 400 lesbian-identified women aged 60-90, offers insight into the lives of older lesbians in the UK. Drawing on data from a comprehensive survey and illustrated with personal testimonies, it explores both the diversity and the distinct collective identity of the older lesbian community, arguing that understanding their past experience is crucial to providing for their needs in the future. For scholars of women’s studies and genders and sexualities, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, social and cultural historians, and experts in ageing, gerontology, nursing and social work.<\P>

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction: Finding Older Lesbians.
2: Hidden in Plain Sight: Home, Family and Relationships.
3: In and Out of the Closet: Community and Friendship.
4: Learning Difference: Childhood and Adolescence.
5: Finding a Place: Spaces of Liberation.
6: Gender and Politics: Butches, Femmes and Feminists.
7: Telling Stories: ‘Suffering, Surviving and Surpassing’.
8: Looking Ahead: Older Lesbians Talk About the Future.
9: Conclusion: ‘Now You See Me…’.