Queer by Choice enters the controversial debate of sexual identity by examining choice in gay men and lesbian sexual identity. Drawing on interviews with a sample of 72 people, Whisman analyzes if, and to what extent, choice played a role in determining identity. Contributing factors such as race, class, religion, and educational level are considered. The results of the study are stimulating and often surprising, and contribute to the escalating debates over sexual identity as lesbians and gays continue to soldier for rights and representation.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Dear Abby, “The Gay Agenda,” and the New york Times; Chapter 2 The Pleasures and Dangers of Choice; Chapter 3 Stories of Choice; Chapter 4 Choosing a Story: Determined, Chosen, and Mixed; Chapter 5 Difference and Dominance: Gendered Identity Accounts; Chapter 6 Conclusion;