The civil rights of LGBTQ people have slowly yet steadily strengthened since the Stonewall Riots of June, 1969. Despite enormous opposition from some political segments and the catastrophic effects of the AIDS crisis, the last five decades have witnessed improvement in the conditions of the lives of LGBTQ individuals in the United States. As such, the realities and challenges faced by a young gay man coming of age and coming out in the 1960s is, in many profound ways, different from the experiences of a young gay man coming of age and coming out today.
Out in Time explores the life experiences of three generations of gay men --the Stonewall, AIDS, and Queer generations - arguing that while there are generational differences in the lived experiences of young gay men, each one confronts its own unique historical events, realities, and socio-political conditions, there are consistencies across time that define and unify the identity formation of gay men. Guided by the vast research literature on gay identity formation and coming out, the ideas and themes explored here are seen through the oral histories of a diverse set of fifteen gay men, five from each generation.Out in Time demonstrates how early life challenges define and shape the life courses of gay men, demarcating both the specific time-bound challenges encountered by each generation, and the universal challenges encountered by gay men coming of age across all generations and the conditions that define their lives.
"Fifty years after Stonewall, Halkitis gives a voice to three generations of gay men, each generation being situated in a wholly different social, political, and legal context. Through personal narratives, the book importantly reveals a complex lattice of identities and life histories that make up today's gay men. Yet most surprising, perhaps, are the many commonalities Halkitis draws out among these men: their struggles and triumphs in a rapidly evolving but still prejudicial society." --Ilan Meyer, Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public policy, The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
"Perry Halkitis, noted researcher on gay men, drug use, and HIV/AIDS, turns his attention in this book to repairing and building the community in the face of hostile political winds in the U.S. today. Using interviews with a diverse set of cisgender men, this book gives voice to these men and creates an intergenerational conversation that rarely happens in the gay male community. The book succeeds in connecting gay men across generations in time and place and suggests work we still need to accomplish." --Douglas Kimmel, Professor Emeritus, City College, C.U.N.Y.
"Perry Halkitis' book is a wonderful chronicle of the coming of age challenges, struggles, and accomplishments of a diverse group of gay men. The men come from different generations and varied backgrounds, and their life histories vary across many dimensions, but they are all gay men, and many of their experiences have been shared. By telling his own tales, together with those of his interviewees, Halkitis has created an original and fascinating volume." --Charlotte J. Patterson, Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia
"This is a compelling portrait of gay men in the U.S. from diverse age cohorts, racial/ethnic backgrounds, countries of origin, and life experiences. The author -- a leading HIV and LGBT health researcher -- interweaves the latest research on gay men's health and identity development with the specific experiences of these individuals. This is a rich and moving account of a complex and resilient community." --Sean Cahill, Director of Health Policy Research, The Fenway Institute
"Unquestionably, a must read! In this book, Halkitis captures a touching and meaningful narrative of the strength and irrepressibility of gay men across generations." --Matthew Mimiaga, Professor, Brown University and Director of Epidemiology and Global Health Research, The Fenway Institute
"This book demonstrates a powerful interweaving of science and cross-generational stories, resulting in a rich, culturally-grounded analysis of gay men's diverse coming-out experiences." --Cynthia Gomez, Professor Emerita and Founding Director, Health Equity Institute, San Francisco State University
About the Author:
Perry N. Halkitis is Dean and Professor at the School of Public Health at Rutgers University. For over two decades, Dr. Halkitis's program of research has examined the intersection of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, drug abuse, and mental health burden, and the biological, behavioral, psychosocial, and structural factors that predispose these and other health disparities in the LGBTQ population. His most recent book,The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience, was a 2014 Lambda Literary Award nominee and recipient of the American Psychological Association Distinguished Book Award in LGBT Psychology. He is the recipient of numerous awards from both professional and community-based organizations. Throughout his career, Dr. Halkitis has fought for the rights of those infected with and affected by HIV, and has been an outspoken advocate for the health of the LGBTQ population.