1st Edition

The Challenges of Being a Rural Gay Man Coping with Stigma

    240 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    216 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Gay men often face struggles in the conservative world of rural life, due to the pervasive social stigmas associated with homosexuality and the lack of anonymity in a small-town setting. In this book, Preston and D’Augelli present the results of in-depth interviews and surveys with rural gay men, providing unique and hitherto unknown perspectives on their experiences coping with intolerance. With sensitivity and humor, the authors narrate their attempts at accessing this hidden population in bars, campgrounds, social clubs, and political groups. This volume is a must-read for researchers, academics, and graduate and post-graduate students in health care, nursing, health policy, and social and psychological science.

    1. Introduction  2. Research Methods  3. Living in Rural Communities  4. Relating to Families  5. Establishing a Sexual Identity  6. Developing Partnerships  7. Engaging in Sexual Behavior  8. Conclusions.  Appendix A: Tables.


    Deborah Bray Preston is Professor Emerita in the School of Nursing at Pennsylvania State University.

    Anthony R. D’Augelli is Professor of Human Development and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Outreach in the College of Health and Human Development at Pennsylvania State University.

    "…a significant contribution to the existing  literature in a variety of ways… This engaging work will appeal to diverse academic audiences, particularly scholars in the fields of sociology, anthropology, psychology, gender studies, and public health. Its innovative research methods and rich stories that emerge make this as interesting as it is informative.” Journal of Homosexualitiy