Monday, September 28, 2015

The New Gay Men Over 50

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 They look sexy, manly, hot as fuck, lean, muscular, confident, and worry-free. These are the men beautifully photographed in the “Men over 50 Project.” These men are pushing the limits of old age – 50 is the new 30! This is the model of the new older gay male – no longer lonely, depressed, and uninviting. Only a few can achieve such a standard, of course. The rest of us are left either struggling to accomplish the prototype or feeling guilty and failed for not realizing it.

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The project squarely places age on our bodies and physical outlook – as mainstream gay culture has done since AIDS. The body is where our sense of self resides; where virtuosity and futility live.

See the complete project -- including photos and the men's voices at Men over 50

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Aging Experience is not Equal

The aging experience is not equal across populations -- and it's not just about homophobia. Many older LGBT folks do not have access to the resources the "traditional" family provides to the old, and that we take for granted.

Listen to this new study, by our colleague Mark Williams at the University in Wisconsin, on the experiences of older LGBT people in Milwaukee.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Aging Drag Queens

Drag queens have now become mainstream, thanks to TV shows and social media. The images we see are largely glorified – they look young, thin, feminine, and glamorous.  James Hoskins has created this short film to counter this idea.  Beautiful by Night” shows older drag queens, from the heart of San Francisco, doing their job. Their stories are about the aging body and the labor of the drag queen. The beauty, for me, is not on their looks, but the labor and performance.

See a review and interview with Hoskins @ the