Life Issues: Partnering, Sexuality, Parenthood, and Aging
Although growing up and coming out can be difficult for many gay, lesbian, and bisexual youths, the next step is establishing intimate relationships. Let’s now explore same – sex coupling, sexuality, parenting, and aging.
Looking for Partners
Meeting other gay, lesbian or bisexual partners in the heterosexual world can be difficult, so the gay community has developed its own social institutions to help people meet one another and socialize. As we discussed in Chapter 8, many homosexual youths have been turning to the Internet in search of partners. Today many schools and universities have clubs, support groups, and meeting areas for gay, lesbian, and bisexual students. Adults can meet others at gay bars or clubs that cater primarily to same-sex couples, gay support or discussion groups, and gay organizations, and also through the Internet. Some smaller towns that don’t have gay bars offer gay night at certain bars once a week or so. Gay magazines like The Advocate carry personal ads and ads for dating services, travel clubs, resorts, bed and breakfasts, theaters, businesses, pay phone lines, sexual products, and other services to help gays and lesbians find partners. And of course, gay individuals are introduced through gay and straight friends.