INDEX
Activism: alliances across sexual orienta-
tion, 136–37; Parents and Friends of
Lesbians and Gay Men (pflag),
135–36
Adolescent friendships, 17–18
Adoption practices, 69–70
Age di√erences, 51–52
Aging, 66
Allport, G. W., 33, 125
Anderson, E., 123
Belongingness hypothesis, 15
Ben and Ming (gay man/straight
woman), 35–36, 127; anxiety of, over
chosen family status, 73; benefit of
lack of sexual tension between, 107–8;
conflict over Ben’s role in Ming’s mar-
riage, 67–68; window into the straight
world and, 121
Black and immigrant communities, fic-
tive kin networks and, 59
Black male youths, 123
Bob (interviewee), 13
Bornstein, K., 79
Brenda and Dan (lesbian woman/straight
man), 56–57, 130; heterosexual wed-
dings and, 68
‘‘Bridging’’ friendships, 11, 17–18, 120
Bruce (interviewee), 61
Carrie (interviewee), 35
Carrington, C., 75
Cassandra and Stuart (lesbian woman/
straight man), 90–91, 127, 130–31
Cell phones, 53
Charlene and Alec (lesbian woman/
straight man), 92
Civil rights, 145–46
Class bias, 138–39
Closeness of bonds, 8
Collins, P. H., 74
‘‘Coming over,’’ 24
Competition in friendships, 27
Compulsory heterosexuality, 18, 26, 100,
103, 120, 148; described, 4; scripting
theory and, 104–6; struggles against
norms of, 110, 115–17
Connor and Nadia (gay man/straight
woman), 64–65; anxiety of, over chosen
family status and, 73; Connor’s role in
Nadia’s wedding, 68; parenting and,
72; straight world access and, 121–22
Contact theory, 33, 119, 124–29
Cooley, C. H., 29
Cristina and Mark (straight woman/gay
man), 62–63, 140; gender policing of
appearance and, 81–82
Cross-sex and cross-sexuality friend-
ships, 24–26
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