chapter  4
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Choosing a Story: Determined, Chosen, and Mixed

DeterminedandChosenAccounts Thelesbiansandgaymenwhousethe"determined"accountandthosewhouse the"chosen"accountaredistinguishedbymorethanjusttheirbeliefsaboutthe sourceoftheirsexualpreferences;forthemostpartthesedifferentaccounts reflectverydifferentlifeexperiences.Perhapsthecentraldifferentiatingexperienceiscontinuity:"determined"-accountrespondentsrecallanunbrokensense thattheywerehomosexualfromanearlyage,whilethosewhoofferthe"chosen" accountdonotclaimthiscontinuityofidentity.1The"chosen"accountgroup alsohasmoreheterosexualexperienceandfewermemberswhorecallchildhood gendernonconformity.Afewrespondentspresentexceptionstothesepatterns, butgenerallythesetwogroups'accountsreflecttheirexperiencesinalogicalway.