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LGBT Aging and Rhetorical Silence

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The exclusion of LGBT elders from queer and gerontological theories has resulted in the silencing of LGBT older adults and their lived experiences. This silencing has historically left LGBT elders without adequate social or material supports, and isolates them from the LGBT and elderly communities and the human service agencies serving those communities. I define this silencing as a rhetorical move, rendering elders invisible in queer theory and queerness invisible in gerontological theory. I argue that the producers of queer and gerontological theory, from a position of power within these discourses, silence and ignore the rhetorical activities of older LGBT adults. I further argue that, while many LGBT elders have worked for some time to arrange material and social supports for themselves and their peers, their activities have only become audible relatively recently, due to the activism of middle-aged and older LGBT members of human service and academic networks.

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Brown, Maria. "LGBT Aging and Rhetorical Silence" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Aug 07, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p304544_index.html>

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Brown, M. T. , 2009-08-07 "LGBT Aging and Rhetorical Silence" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Online <PDF>. 2014-11-29 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p304544_index.html

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Abstract: The exclusion of LGBT elders from queer and gerontological theories has resulted in the silencing of LGBT older adults and their lived experiences. This silencing has historically left LGBT elders without adequate social or material supports, and isolates them from the LGBT and elderly communities and the human service agencies serving those communities. I define this silencing as a rhetorical move, rendering elders invisible in queer theory and queerness invisible in gerontological theory. I argue that the producers of queer and gerontological theory, from a position of power within these discourses, silence and ignore the rhetorical activities of older LGBT adults. I further argue that, while many LGBT elders have worked for some time to arrange material and social supports for themselves and their peers, their activities have only become audible relatively recently, due to the activism of middle-aged and older LGBT members of human service and academic networks.


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