Turning Points and Sexual Orientation Dominant narratives shape many aspects of retrospective storytelling by reinforcing the proscribed norms of the life course and are evident in these data. Looking back … looking forward: Columbia University Press p. Future studies that wish to examine turning points would benefit from using a method like life history interviews or personal narratives in order to inductively cull the experiences from those accounts. The adult life course and homosexual identity in midlife gay men.
To apply a gendered lens in this context is to focus on the perspectives of gay men, lesbians, and bisexual men and women in their own words and highlight how their experiences expose taken for granted assumptions about gender and sexual orientation.
Discussion The results illustrate key turning points for the midlife and older LG adults in the study. In other words, there is no reason why a gay person should not be considered normal. Forget going to hell. One way or another. This is a variation of his controversial Oedipal Conflict which has largely been rejected in the mental health community. Turning Points and Sexual Orientation Dominant narratives shape many aspects of retrospective storytelling by reinforcing the proscribed norms of the life course and are evident in these data. The results illustrate key turning points for the midlife and older LG adults in the study.
Violet did not want to have children and disclosing a lesbian identity could have supported that claim to the educational institutions, yet telling others that she was a lesbian would also likely have led to rejection from medical school. Milo moved far away from family members and lived in Europe for 12 years to take the time and space to accept his gay identity. Also, female white queers get accepted easier than women of color, due to that they can be seen as foreign or conservative because of their culture. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Although, there are also transgender people that are set on a path to challenge Western traditional beliefs in gender roles and sexual differences within relationships.