Rutgers School of Public Health Dean, Dr. Perry N. Halkitis, has released his latest book, “Out in Time: The Public Lives of Gay Men from Stonewall to the Queer Generation,” ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and during National Pride Month. The book is a moving historical account of what it has meant to come of age as a gay man in America.
The book is a nuanced personal account of the realities and challenges faced by three different generations of gay men — the Stonewall, AIDS, and Queer generations. Through interviews with a diverse set of fifteen men, Dr. Halkitis documents the cross-cutting and generation-specific health challenges faced by them as they negotiate their sexual identities.
Guided by the vast research on gay identity formation and coming out, and drawing from the field of personality psychology by applying storytelling techniques to disentangle identity formation, “Out in Time,” demonstrates how early life challenges shape gay male identities and communities.
Since the Stonewall Riots, where a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) individuals fought for their rights at Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village marking the onset of the LGBTQ rights movement in America, much has changed. But despite promising social trends, the LGBTQ community continues to face acts of violence, rejection from their families or religions, and daily discrimination.
“Over the last three years, hate crimes have escalated in the U.S. and around the world – thus there is no time for complacency by public health leaders with regard to the wellbeing of this historically underserved population,” says Dean Halkitis. “It is for this reason that I am incredibly proud that the Rutgers School of Public Health is offering world’s first MPH concentration in LGBTQ Health.”Tags: Friday Letter Submission