50 Ways to Support Lesbian and Gay Equality: The Complete Guide to Supporting Family, Friends, Neighbors--or Yourself

50 Ways to Support Lesbian and Gay Equality: The Complete Guide to Supporting Family, Friends, Neighbors--or Yourself

by Meredith Maran
     
 

Written by straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people and those that care about them, 50 Ways to Support Gay and Lesbian Equality is a compendium of informative, joyful, practical and poignant essays by well-known experts and leaders, each promoting understanding while suggested simple actions. Issues include:

• Defining terminology

Overview


Written by straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people and those that care about them, 50 Ways to Support Gay and Lesbian Equality is a compendium of informative, joyful, practical and poignant essays by well-known experts and leaders, each promoting understanding while suggested simple actions. Issues include:

• Defining terminology (What a tranny? What’s gay baiting?)
• Exploring family issues ("Should I come out to my parents on Thanksgiving?" "How can I support a lesbian couple who want to have children?")
• How to support gay rights around the world

A timely and much-needed guide, 50 Ways demonstrates positive ways for both straight and gay people to respond to everyday discrimination and misunderstandings, bringing the world closer to the true meaning of equality.

A powerful call-to-action series, "Action Guides," was launched with the New York Times bestselling MoveOn’s 50 Ways to Love Your Country, followed by NCWO’s 50 Ways to Improve Women’s Lives. The third book in the series—50 Ways to Support Lesbians and Gays—features 50 personal, inspiring essays with "Action Guide" sidebars collected by bestselling Meredith Maran and series editor Angela Watrous.

Editorial Reviews

Thanks to issues like same-sex marriage, homosexuality is a hot political topic. But beneath the headlines and the volatile public debates are real people dealing with real needs, rights, and aspirations. This empowering compendium lives up to its extended title. Combining personal stories with practical guidelines, 50 Ways to Support Lesbian and Gay Equality offers positive solutions to everyday incidents of homophobia and heterosexism, and explores workplace, family, cultural, and human rights issues. The contributors include Candace Gingrich, Margaret Cho, Judy Shepard, Rebecca Walker, and leaders of organizations including the ACLU, Amnesty International USA, GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, and PFLAG.
Library Journal
Advocacy seems to be the buzzword of the gay rights movement today, and one sign is the plethora of books aimed at the sympathetic heterosexual audience. Ayres (law, Yale Law Sch.) and Brown (law, Quinnipiac Univ. Sch. of Law) approach the subject of advocacy in the book's first half by positing the notion of heterosexual privilege and its concomitant responsibility to make society more inclusive to its gay citizens. That privilege, they argue, should be used to further a broad-based program of legislative and legal change in education, the workplace, and civic organizations. Additionally, the authors provide "concrete steps to take at home" and print and Internet resources for further study. The second half moves into more conceptual waters, promoting the notion of "ambiguation" whereby heterosexual supporters of gay rights make their own sexual orientation more publicly ambiguous (e.g., by using gender-neutral speech) in the hope of fighting stereotypes and encouraging positive change. Finally, the authors lay out a theoretically elegant (if realistically problematic) incremental and voluntary approach to open up the U.S. military to gays and lesbians. 50 Ways takes a much more personal look at heterosexual advocacy for gay rights in the form of short personal essays by a variety of gay rights advocates that includes celebrities, writers, and artists. These clear-cut essays ask readers to do the simple things: read a gay book, mentor a gay teen, and choose words with care. Among the contributors are Ben and Jerry's cofounder Jerry Greenfield, who discusses ways to create a gay-friendly workplace; author and award-winning high school soccer coach Dan Woog (School's Out), who urges gays and straights alike to come out of the "locker room closet"; and comedian Margaret Cho, who urges supporters to "grab the brass ring of equality" by standing up to the "silent complicity of the status quo." Larger public libraries may opt for both titles given their different approaches, while smaller libraries may find 50 Ways preferable for its more personal take.-Jeff Ingram, Newport P.L., OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930722507
Publisher:
New World Library
Publication date:
06/15/2005
Series:
Inner Ocean Action Guide Series
Pages:
165
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.50(d)

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