Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians and Gays Talk about Their Experiences

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"Mom, Dad, I'm gay." When a parent hears these words, the initial shock is often followed by feelings ranging from anger and denial to fear and guilt. It's also the beginning of a difficult journey that, with understanding and emotional support, can lead to acceptance and beyond.

Now fully revised and updated, Beyond Acceptance is a ground-breaking book that provides parents the comfort and knowledge they need to accept the gay children and build stronger family relationships. Based on the experiences of other ...

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Overview

"Mom, Dad, I'm gay." When a parent hears these words, the initial shock is often followed by feelings ranging from anger and denial to fear and guilt. It's also the beginning of a difficult journey that, with understanding and emotional support, can lead to acceptance and beyond.

Now fully revised and updated, Beyond Acceptance is a ground-breaking book that provides parents the comfort and knowledge they need to accept the gay children and build stronger family relationships. Based on the experiences of other parents, this book lets them know they are not alone and helps them through the emotional stages leading to reconciliation with their children.

Beyond Acceptance is a ground-breaking book that provides parents the comfort and knowledge needed to accept their gay children and build stronger relationships. Based on the experiences of other parents, this book lets them know they re not alone and help them through the emotional stages, providing accurate, documented answers to the questions that surface after the initil shock.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This wonderful book...belongs in the hands of every parent, family member, and friend who knows or suspects someone they love is gay and in the hands of every gay person who is about to share his or her beautiful though unsettling secret. Beyond Acceptance, now updated to reflect important breakthroughs in science and public perceptions, provides a clear and reliable road map for those who seek mutual understanding and respect between straight parents and gay children." —Brian McNaught, author of On Being Gay (from the introduction)

"Rarely is there a book published that can be called a true 'must.' But if you or especially your parents are not feeling good about their knowledge of your homosexuality, this is one." -Jeff Kirsch, Out!

"I'd recommend this book to any gay person who has (or has ever had) parents, whether you are out to them or not. And certainly, I'd recommend it to any parent who knows, or even supposes, that his or her child is gay. I'm sending it to mine." —Lori Ubell, The San Francisco Bay Times

Library Journal
Based on interviews with P-FLAG member parents, this book is organized as a chronology of the typical parent's emotional jour- ney to acceptance and beyond. (LJ 11/1/96)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312167813
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/1997
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 390,967
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
Preface
1 Finding Out 1
2 What We Learned from Books 19
3 Communicating with Others 46
4 Religious Thinking in Transition 59
5 Changing Inner Perceptions 89
6 Taking a Stand and Telling Others 117
7 The Rest of the Family 130
8 Levels of Understanding 155
9 Contrast and Comparison of What Was and What Will Be 172
10 About AIDS 187
Afterword from Gregory M. Griffin 217
Afterword from Scott Wirth 219
Appendix 223
Bibliography 225
Index 229
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