The Lives of Older Lesbians

Sexuality, Identity & the Life Course

  • Jane Traies

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jane Traies
    Pages 1-40
  3. Jane Traies
    Pages 125-154
  4. Jane Traies
    Pages 229-236
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 237-245

About this book


This unique book sheds new light on the most invisible members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Hidden from view by a combination of prevailing cultural assumptions and their own unwillingness to be seen, older lesbians have been consistently under-represented in both popular culture and research. This ground-breaking study, based on an unprecedentedly large research sample of nearly four hundred lesbian-identified women between the ages of 60 and 90, offers a fascinating insight into the lives of older lesbians in the UK. Drawing on data from a comprehensive questionnaire survey and illustrated with vivid personal testimonies, it explores both the diversity and the distinct collective identity of the older lesbian community, arguing that understanding their past experience is crucial to providing for their needs in the future. It is essential reading for scholars in the fields of women’s studies and genders and sexualities, and will also appeal to sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, social and cultural historians, and experts in ageing, gerontology, nursing and social work. 


Women Women's history LGBT ageing Older LGBT Women and ageing Life history Sexuality

Authors and affiliations

  • Jane Traies
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Cultural StudiesUniversity of SussexBrightonUnited Kingdom

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