Gay and Gray

Gay and Gray - coverGay and Gray: The Older Homosexual Man

Submitter: My local library has three copies of this outdated book in its system. A great addition to a public library in 1982. Unfortunately, the data in this book, some from previous publication in 1961 and 1964, are woefully out of date. This book doesn’t even cover the AIDS crisis. It’s makes me sad to think that many of the men this book was target to, might not have survived the 1980s.

Holly: The survey is definitely too old to be of use, and the authors admit that they only got answers from older white men. The whole thing could be re-done with entirely different responses in 2015! It was a huge year for gays of all ages, people! This is mostly useless to most public libraries. I can’t imagine why three copies are necessary!

What are Older Homosexual Men Like?

Gay and Gray - Statistics on older homosexual men



  1. 1982 wasn’t a high year in the AIDS crisis. And I believe it was 1981 that it was officially recognized in the US, which realistically was probably when this book was completed before final editing.

  2. “In the gay world my straight appearance has been a handicap”: Like what are gay guys supposed to look like? One time many years ago I saw a guy in a store downtown wearing a skirt (no, not a Scots kilt, a skirt). If he was supposed to be cross-dressing, and if a man who cross-dresses is trying to look and hence feel and project convincingly feminine, this guy was not. He looked like a guy wearing a skirt. Period. Unless I saw a guy wearing a T-shirt that screams in neon rainbow colors I AM GAY!, or obviously making-out with another guy, I wouldn’t know or care what he is. In 2015 I think we’ve given up on the notion that gay guys are supposed to dress and act like the Village People.
    “Wnat are older homosexual men like”? How about like any other guy?

  3. This is still a significant issue in the LGBT+ community, but that book is far too old to have any meaningful information. It would be great in an LGBT+ history collection/archive (of which there are several) but in a general library, I can’t see the point any more.

  4. Really Big Library has a 2nd ed. of this (4 new chapters) dated 1996. Still too old for the average public library.

  5. I applaud the use of statistical methods instead of just anecdotal data collection. I also agree that its “of age” for weeding from general collections.

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