Alternative Lifestyles

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 231–248 | Cite as

Gay ging

Adjustment and the older gay male
  • Richard A. Friend


This article explores three issues as they relate to adjustment of older gay males: (1) coming out, (2) support systems, and (3) sex role flexibility. The data for this study were generated from questionnaires filled out by 43 self-identified older gay men and follow-up intensive interviews with 25 of the respondents. While this sample suggests a sense of accelerated aging among some gay men, nevertheless a high level of personal adjustment was apparent. Contrary to stereotypes, the men in this sample maintained family as well as friendship support systems, found coming out to be instrumental in adjustment, and exhibited sex role flexibility which promoted more successful aging.


Support System Social Policy Social Issue Accelerate Aging Successful Aging 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard A. Friend
    • 1
  1. 1.Temple UniversityUSA

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