A Family and Friend's Guide to Sexual Orientation: Bridging the Divide Between Gay and Straight

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A Family and Friend's Guide to Sexual Orientation helps individuals and families to bridge the divide between gay and straight, to heal wounds that often accompany individuals and families' negative feelings about lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered

persons. Consisting of thirty stories by individuals who have come to accept and embrace their own sexuality, twelve of the stories are by heterosexuals who, in addition to talking about their own sexuality, speak of the homosexuality of a loved one. The book also includes five personal

stories from two families.

whether dealing with these issues in personal or professional life, from a spiritual place or some other perspective (Philadelphia Gay News - 10/11/96)

Sexual Orientation, Powers and Ellis have created a wonderful volume of personal essays and accessible information that will help anyone who truly wants to understand and embrace the (perhaps) new-found gay person in his or her life.... In the era of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

attitude that extends far beyond the military, Powers and Ellis' book affirms, and indeed encourages, a "Do Ask, Do Tell" policy that will help build bridges between individuals (Bay Windows)

Orientation, I was struck by the possibility that this book can open their eyes in a way similar to how the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous opens the eyes of problem drinkers. (David Berenson, M.D., Psychiatrist and Director, Family Institute of San Francisco)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415912754
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Powers is president of Bob Powers & Associates, Inc. Alan Ellis teaches psychology and human sexuality at San Francisco State University. They are the authors of A Managers Guide to Sexual Orientation in the Workplace also published by Routledge.

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Table of Contents

1 Getting Started: The Road from the Closet Door to the Magic Line 1
2 Gaining Acceptance: Stories of Families and Friends 13
3 Gaining Knowledge: Stories of A Diverse Community 83
4 Deepening Knowledge: Stories from the Workplace and Stories of Spiritual and Religious Development 155
5 Taking Action: 101 Steps on the Road to Acceptance 223
6 Using Resources: Tools for the Trip 235
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