Book Review: The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity & the Life Course

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The author of this hardback book suggests that older lesbians enter a kind of cultural Bermuda Triangle into which they disappear without trace.

She conducted a worldwide survey of more than 300 lesbians aged 60-90, and interviewed them face to face, to document their lives and experiences. The survey posed interesting questions about the disclosure of their sexual orientation in the past and today.

The author, meanwhile, provides texture to the participants’ lives by discussing the variety of older lesbians’ domestic and personal relationships.

Older lesbians tend to trust friends more than family, and health workers to a similar degree as neighbours; about one third of the participants had come out to professionals providing care.

While the book is not specifically aimed at nurses, it provides an engaging read, I would urge specialists in gerontology to dip into its


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