Living Sexuality

Stories of LGBTQ Relationships, Identities, and Desires

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There has never been a more crucial time for an intimate and thorough examination of the ways in which sexuality informs people’s lives. In Living Sexuality: Stories of LGBTQ Relationships, Identities, and Desires, the authors use autoethnography and personal narrative to provide first-hand accounts of the connections between sexuality, particularly LGBTQ identities, and the everyday experiences of relationships. Each story also invites readers to understand how sexuality informs communication as it occurs within diverse cultural contexts. In addition, the stories often focus on taboo issues overlooked or ignored in mainstream research about sexuality. Discussion questions appear at the end of each story that should stimulate engagement by students, instructors, and researchers.

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Keith Berry, Ph.D. (2004), Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is Associate Professor of Communication at University of South Florida. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, and the book Bullied: Tales of Torment, Identities, and Youth . He is past Chair of the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association (NCA) and past Co-chair of NCA's Anti-Bullying Task Force.

Catherine M. Gillotti, Ph.D. (1996), University of Kentucky, is Associate Professor of Communication at Purdue University Northwest. She has published several book chapters and journal articles in the area of interpersonal communication and health communication.

Tony E. Adams, Ph.D. (2008), University of South Florida, is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Bradley University. He is the co-author and/or co-editor of six books including Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography of Same Sex Desire. He is a co-editor of the "Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives" book series and founding co-editor of the Journal of Autoethnography.
Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. Ode to the Boys
Keith Berry

2. The Closet
Tony E. Adams

3. Mental Gymnastics
Catherine M. Gillotti

4. Walls
Billy Huff

5. Things I Don’t Have to Do
Keith Berry

6. Queer Duck
Tony E. Adams

7. True Companion
Catherine M. Gillotti

8. Relational Gifts
Keith Berry

9. The Girls
Tony E. Adams and Keith Berry

10. Language Matters
Tony E. Adams

11. Rumination
Catherine M. Gillotti

12. The Sexual Relationship
Billy Huff

13. Monogamy
Tony E. Adams

14. The Joy
Catherine M. Gillotti

15. Things I Must Still Do
Keith Berry

16. Refrain
Catherine M. Gillotti

17. Resilient You
Keith Berry

18. Estrangement - Pride - Forgiveness
Tony E. Adams

About the Authors
Students and researchers interested in the ways in which LGBQ identities function in everyday contexts of communication, and the ways in which personal stories help us to understand these identities and issues. Would be appropriate for upper division courses and graduate courses on personal narrative, sexuality, and identity.