At the heart of this chapter are the stories of 11 gaymen, aged 43–71, who spoke about adventurous sexual encounters with strangers. It would be an exaggeration to say that they structured their lives around casual sex but, as their stories show, they were willing and able to make time available to maximise opportunities for sexual adventures.
Analysis of the stories revealed two narratives. The first was the effect of age on their ability to satisfy their sexual desire, that is, whether or how an ageing body constrained their sexual activity
Hong Kong has experienced enormous transformation in the past few decades: from a British colony to a special administrative region of China, from an industrial society to an international financial centre, from extreme poverty and working-class dominance to affluence and an expanded middle class, and from deprivation to adequate social service provision. What is the dominant form of masculinity, and how has it changed over time in parallel with such socioeconomic and political transformation? How do Hong Kong gaymen negotiate with that
A theoretical model for intervening
in complex sexual behaviours: sexual
desires, pleasures and passion – La
Pasión – of Spanish-speaking gaymen in Canada
Carlos, a Latino Colombian gay man, came to the first session of Chicos
Net, an HIV prevention behavioural intervention. He has lived in Canada
for the past four years. During the process, he told the group that he had
unprotected sex the week before. His reasoning was based on how much
he was attracted to the guy he had sex with, and that he was so ‘into’ the
chapter focuses on an underexplored dimension within the social science literature on chemsex: ageing with HIV. Even though public health literature, service providers and practitioners usually refer to those aged over 50 when discussing ‘ageing with HIV’, this chapter slightly expands that definition in an analysis of the relationship between the life course and engagement with chemsex in the narratives of self-identified gaymen living with HIV aged over 45 – a group usually referred to as ‘midlife’ ( Simpson, 2013 ) – who practise chemsex in England and Italy. From a
Making space for fatherhood in gaymen’s lives in Norway1
Arnfinn J. Andersen
The chapters in this book provide evidence as to how the construction
of fatherhood is undergoing changes as a result of closer and more
independent relations between fathers and children. This also affects
gaymen and their prospects for and realisation of fatherhood. Norms
pertaining to fatherhood (and parenthood) are changing along with the
political struggle among gays and lesbians for greater acceptance and
recognition, including parenthood. What
Health and well-being of lesbians,
gaymen and bisexual people
in later life: examining the
commonalities and differences
from quantitative research
While the complexities and intersections of age, gender and sexualities
can be difficult to capture in quantitative studies, findings from
quantitative research do relate to majority experiences and general
patterns within populations, and hence are important sources of
knowledge. However, with the frequent aggregation of people into
one LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual
Following the development of anti-retroviral therapies (ARVs), many people affected by HIV in the 1980s and 1990s have now been living with the condition for decades.
Drawing on perspectives from leading scholars in Bangladesh, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Switzerland, Ukraine, the UK and the US, as well as research from India and Kenya, this book explores the experiences of sex and sexuality in individuals and groups living with HIV in later life (50+). Contributions consider the impacts of stigma, barriers to intimacy, physiological sequelae, long-term care, undetectability, pleasure and biomedical prevention (TasP and PrEP).
With increasing global availability of ARVs and ageing populations, this book offers essential future directions, practical applications and implications for both policy and research.
This book provides the first detailed discussion of domestic violence and abuse in same sex relationships, offering a unique comparison between this and domestic violence and abuse experienced by heterosexual women and men. It examines how experiences of domestic violence and abuse may be shaped by gender, sexuality and age, including whether and how victims/survivors seek help, and asks, what’s love got to do with it?
A pioneering methodology, using both quantitative and qualitative research, provides a reliable and valid approach that challenges the heteronormative model in domestic violence research, policy and practice. The authors develops a new framework of analysis – practices of love – to explore empirical data.
Outlining the implications of the research for practice and service development, the book will be of interest to policy makers and practitioners in the field of domestic violence, especially those who provide services for sexual minorities, as well as students and academics interested in issues of domestic and interpersonal violence.
This important textbook makes a timely contribution to international agendas in social work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people. It examines how practitioners and student social workers can provide appropriate care across the lifespan (including work with children and families and older people) and considers key challenges in social work practice, for example asylum, mental health, and substance misuse. Drawing on practice scenarios, the book takes an enquiry-based learning approach to facilitate critical reflection. Its distinctive approach includes:
• use of the concepts of the Professional Capabilities Framework for social work
• key theoretical perspectives including human rights
• structuring of the text around the framework of the UK National Occupational Standards for Social Work
• student-friendly features including key questions and exercises
• a complete glossary of key terms and concepts
• examination of the UK policy and legislative context
It is informed by international research in social work with LGBT people
The book is essential reading for students on qualifying social work programmes and practitioners in statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.