Giora Ashkenazi

Giora Ashkenazi

Social Studies

"Imagining a Queer Future: Attitudes Towards Relationships and Commitment among Baby Boomer and Millennial Gay Men"

The Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision in June 2015 that legalized same-sex marriage was a momentous change not only in queer politics but in American politics in general. However, even though new possibilities to construct romantic relationships have emerged, there is little data about the effects the personal decisions of gay men. This project aims to explore the ways in which gay men from both groups orient themselves around a future, romantic and otherwise. This issue has implications for understanding the new possible directions for the gay movement to take, considering the priority that both generations place on relevance of this ruling to their personal lives. I hope to gain insight into the ways the legal decision affected the perceived course of life my subjects had imagined for themselves. In order to answers this question, I will conduct in-depth interviews with men from both generations, one of which witnessed the AIDS crisis and rapid developments since, in order to see the most significant elements that factor into the subject's image of his future.