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Sam was on the roster for the Montreal Alouettesbut has since retired from football. Warren, a year old gay man, who characterized the most difficult turning point in his life as ending a year relationship when his partner became violent due to steroid use, though he did not clarify whether being the victim of violence or ending the relationship was the more difficult aspect of this change. Overall, the men in the study typically focused less on their professional accomplishments than did the lesbian participants, perhaps because in the context of hegemonic masculinity, these creative professions were less valued Calasanti, In the remainder of the discussion, we highlight how our findings illustrate the ways that midlife and older LG adults experience the same turning points as heterosexuals, but in nuanced ways. Me being with a woman in no way validates you cheating on me or us not working out. Following the Stonewall Riots inand during the 70s and early 80s, a narrative of pride and liberation emerged symbolizing the modern Gay Rights Movement; simultaneously, and over future decades, discrimination and oppression of gay and lesbian populations continued through structural and individual actions. Examining Lives in Context: Here, Violet illustrates how sex discrimination, which was legal at the time, limited her ability to pursue being a physician. Lesbians who did not follow the heternormative narrative of the life course created identities and social roles related to educational and occupational achievements to define their adult lives and in so doing, created new narratives of possibility.