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Title: The Love that Dare not Speak Its Name: Experiences of romantic relationships amongst same sex oriented emerging adults
Authors: Sankpal, Rahul
Keywords: Centre for Human Ecology
Aparna Joshi
School of Social Sciences
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: TISS
Abstract: The aim of the present study is „To explore experiences of romantic relationships amongst self - identified same sex oriented men.‟ This study has adopted a Qualitative research design. The study was conducted in Mumbai with 8 self - identified same sex oriented emerging adults who were currently into committed romantic relationships (spanning over more than three months prior to the study). The respondents were recruited using Purposive and Snowball sampling methods. This study is an attempt to visible the hidden phenomenon of committed same sex relationships. Respondents‟ stories in the present study begin with early memories of awareness of their sexual orientation and the difference perceived from others. Most of the respondents became aware about their sexual orientation between the age of 11 to 14. They also shared their initial feelings of confusion, anxiety and shame, which correspond with the state of identity confusion in Cass‟s model (Cass, 1979). This marked the beginning of their sexual exploration and the numerous casual or long term relationships that followed thereafter. These relational journeys also brought home a realisation for the need for caring, intimate and committed long term relationships. Respondents gave importance to values and personal attributes such as caring, honesty, understanding and loyalty in choosing their current partners and also as overarching principles guiding the relational landscapes covering aspects such as communication, decision making, expressing positive affect and maintenance behaviours performed by respondents in order to sustain the relationship.
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