My interest in the life course is twofold. First, I am interested in how resilient are gay friendship networks and gay relationships, and whether they will sustain gay men as they age. Second, I am interested in how the gay ‘community’ addresses the issue of gay ageing. I lived through the HIV-AIDS epidemic and, like many others, was impressed by the way in which as a group gay men responded to the external threat posed by the disease. I wonder now if gay men can/will respond similarly to the issue of ageing, which is of concern because of evidence suggesting that gay men are forced back into the closet the moment they take up residence in aged-care accommodation facilities.1


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  • Peter Robinson
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  1. 1.Swinburne University of TechnologyAustralia

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