Only a few decades ago, the aging of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT people was relegated to the shadows. Resisting prevailing stereotypes, they postulated that the positive management of a sexual minority identity was effective in supporting gay men and lesbians for successful aging Adelman, ; Berger, ; Berger and Kelly, ; Butler and Hope, ; Gray and Dressel, ; Kehoe, ; Quam and Whitford, ; Sharp, An estimated 2. By , the number of older adults who self-identify as LGBT will exceed 5 million.
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I am called Daddy a lot these days, but not because I am one. Younger guys say it all the time to us gay men over the age of Daddy is popular because there are more of us. Over , gay men older than me died during the height of the AIDS epidemic. And my generation men in our 40s and 50s are the largest demographic of openly gay men to grow old.
NCBI Bookshelf. The cohort of LGBT people currently in later life grew up and moved into adulthood in much less supportive environments than those experienced by younger cohorts. Before entering adulthood, the oldest of this cohort would have seen, in , the creation of an official diagnosis that listed homosexuality as a sociopathic personality disturbance Bayer, and watched Senator McCarthy include gay men and lesbians on his blacklist. As adults, this cohort witnessed routine harassment by authorities, as well as the Stonewall Rebellion in and the American Psychiatric Association's removal of homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in see Chapter 2 for a full historical overview.