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Becoming Who I Am: Young Men on Being Gay

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Mann Library, Stern Seminar Room 160
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Gay youth today describe themselves as proud, happy, and grateful – something many of us would have found surprising a generation ago. Yet many adults seem skeptical about this change in perceptions and attitudes. What does it mean to be gay today?

In a Chats in the Stacks book talk, Ritch Savin-Williams, professor emeritus of developmental psychology in the College of Human Ecology, will discuss his new book, Becoming Who I Am: Young Men on Being Gay (Harvard University Press; Sept. 19, 2016). He has written eight books on adolescent development. 

Savin-Williams’ book explores identity and sexuality as told by today’s generation of gay young men, and through a series of in-depth interviews with teenagers and men in their early 20s, he offers a contemporary perspective on gay lives in present day America. After spending forty years researching the lives of gay teens, he finds huge gaps still remain in our knowledge about their basic developmental needs, their sexual and romantic life, and overall well-being. Savin-Williams will share his insights about the future of gay youth in an age of growing tolerance.

Savin-Williams is a licensed clinical psychologist and has consulted for MTV, 20/20, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. He has been interviewed by National Public Radio, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today.

Buffalo Street Books will offer books for purchase and signing. Refreshments served.

The book talk series at Mann Library is supported by the Mary A. Morrison Public Education Fund.

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Author Appearance, Lecture, Presentation


Cornell Human Ecology, Cornell University Library, Mann Library, Human Development [DO NOT USE deprecated 1/23/23], Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


che, sociology, pawprint, Cornell University Library, Mann Library, CUL, book talk, gender studies, lgbt, fgss


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Contact Name

Lynn Bertoia

Contact Phone

(607) 255-5406


Ritch Savin-Williams

Speaker Affiliation

Department of Human Development, College of Human Ecology

Disability Access Information or (607) 255-3296

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Free and open to all

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