Territory

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Abstract

In the “Territory” short story, by David Leavitt that took place in 80’s, the main characters are Neil and Barbara.Neil is a Gay man in his 20‘s and Barbara is Neil’s mother. What we see in this story is a young homosexual man, who has always wanted the support, acceptance and love of his mother and for the first time wants to introduce a boyfriend (Wayne), who is also the love of his love to his mother. This essay focuses on Neil’s Identity development issues, his biophysical changes and his relationship with his mother and also the situation that Barbara is in as a mother of a gay man.

Sexual orientation is a relatively new concept. In fact, although same sex behaviors has always existed, the idea of a
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We should consider the fact that Neil’s story happened in the 80’s and it was only In 1973 the American Psychiatric Association’s Board of Trustees removed homosexuality from “ The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” and experts found that homosexuality does not meet the criteria to be considered a mental illness. At those days the homosexuality stigma was so high, people and society were not understanding, homophobia was not a rare case and AIDS was a big mystery and news of the day.

When a person “comes out” to their parents, it can be a very emotionally trying experience for all involved. Most parents are concerned for the welfare of their children, recognizing the difficulties posed by being a member of a stigmatized group (Biblarz, & Savci, 2010). Often parents also fear rejection by their own family, friends, religious, or social groups which in Neil’s case I think it was so, her mother started to find gay support groups as soon as she found out about her son’s sexual orientation, probably for her own sake as much as his sons sake, because of the fear of rejection of the society.

Although Barbara did make attempts to be supportive towards her son’s lifestyle by becoming a member of “The Group of Parents of Lesbian and
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