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Stephen T. Russell, Ryan J. Watson & Joel A. Muraco

In: Relationship Pathways: From Adolescence to Young Adulthood

Chapter 10: The Development of Same-Sex Intimate Relationships during Adolescence

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The Development of Same-Sex Intimate Relationships during Adolescence
The development of same-sex intimate relationships during adolescence
Stephen T.RussellRyan J.WatsonJoel A.Muraco

Same-sex intimate relationships are more visible and part of public discourse than perhaps at any other period in history. Only a generation ago, same-sex intimacy was stigmatized to the point of invisibility; today, same-sex marriage is possible in several countries and is the topic of prominent social and political debate. The discourse of these debates largely assumes a focus on adults, even though access to marriage is perhaps most relevant for adolescents and young adults who are at the threshold of the years at which most people develop long-term couple relationships and marriage. For young people, these debates play out in community anxieties regarding the high ...

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