Gay Men

James I. Martin

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:
Gay Men


Gay men are generally considered to be men who have sexual desires for other men, although this is an oversimplification of a complex issue. Although men have had sexual relationships with other men throughout recorded history, “gay” is a socioculturally constructed identity that is only about one hundred years old. Even in the early 21st century, not all men who desire other men, or have sex with them, consider themselves to be gay. In addition there is great diversity among those men who do adopt gay identities. Nevertheless gay men do have many commonalities, including a collective history and elements of a shared culture. Because gay men's identities, experiences, and developmental trajectories continue to change, it is important to use the most current information about them. Thus the majority of the sources listed in this entry were published in the first decade of the 21st century, and nearly all were published after 1997. In addition to using the sources listed here in general undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, all of them are appropriate for use in specialized courses on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues.

Article.  5186 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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