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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book provides the view that being gay is a personal, social, and cultural phenomenon that has multiple implications in people’s lives. It demonstrates that being gay goes beyond discourses of sexuality and gender and reaches to realms of political, socio-economic, religious, legal, psychological, and global significance. Some stories narrated might resonate with other LGBTQIA+ people’s experiences of feeling, exploring, and struggling for being part of a population that has been discriminated against, disadvantaged, colonised, and often oversimplified and understood only in terms of our desire. Studies that used to see gay life as a progression of stages with particular milestones and used those models to explain and predict gay men’s sexual behaviour are now finding in qualitative studies voices from the inside; voices from the native experts who might not find themselves represented in those studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Everyday Lives of Gay Men
Subtitle of host publicationAutoethnographies of the Ordinary
EditorsEdgar Rodríguez-Dorans, Jason Holmes
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781000482263, 9781003133506
ISBN (Print)9780367676834, 9780367679460
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameTransforming LGBTQ Lives


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