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Sam

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SEXUAL IDENTITY

NETWORKER

COMMUNITY

CREATIVITY

WELL RESOURCED

CLOSE FAMILY

TRADITIONAL VALUES

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THE BASICS

Sex:

Male

Location:

Commuter Belt

Interview age:

16-22

Class:

MC

Ethnicity:

White

Sam comes from solid middle class white background and relied heavily on his father for financial resources and on his mother for emotional support. Coming out as gay at 17 was a critical moment for Sam and on leaving home for university he was able to enjoy a new sense of confidence and explore his sexuality. His positive gay identity is central to his story. Highly sociable and a natural networker, Sam embraced all the gay community had to offer, became an active student union organiser and embarked on his first serious relationship but, with so many distractions, failed to complete his media degree. Returning to his home town, Sam worked in a series of catering jobs (still financially reliant on his father) while continuing to build social capital through his own networking skills. Relationships were a driving force for Sam and meeting his current partner and setting up home together brought emotional and financial stability. He has returned to study and hopes to start his own business. Attractiveness and personal charm have smoothed Sam’s path and fun was often a priority. Nevertheless, he has matured as a result of the experiences associated with coming out – losing old friends and finding his place in the gay community – and may well replicate a traditional middle class home life.

 

Sam's Data

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INTERVIEWS

(transcript, audio tape, mp3 file)

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Date

Age

Interviewer

1.

     

2.

30.07.99

16

SFS

3.

28.03.000

17

SFS

4.

02.03.01

18

SFS

5.

04.11.02

20

SFS

6.

29.09.04

22

SFS

OTHER DATA

Questionnaire 1: hard copy

Focus group: 21/11/97 transcript, audio tape

Lifeline 1: hard copy