Coming Out As Parents


This complete revision of Parents of the Homosexual helps parents understand their feelings and reactions to the knowledge that their child is a homosexual. Suitable for counselors and clergy too.
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This complete revision of Parents of the Homosexual helps parents understand their feelings and reactions to the knowledge that their child is a homosexual. Suitable for counselors and clergy too.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
When gay men and lesbians decide to tell their parents of their sexuality, they have probably already made many trips to the library and (one hopes) found many up-to-date resources on gay sexuality, history, and health. But too often parents find themselves with a severe information deficiency on receiving the news. These two books address the topic of homosexuality specifically for parents of gay children. Beyond Acceptance is the better book. The authors enthusiastically endorse P-FLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) as central to their counseling, effectively re-create typical meeting discussions that address the outrage, fears, and emotional distress many parents feel when a child comes out. Libraries that already have a previous edition of Beyond Acceptance (LJ 5/1/86) should consider buying this revised edition, which has an additional chapter on AIDS among other updates. Switzer, a theologian and counselor who has assisted many men and women in coming to terms with their sexuality and also has ministered to many parents of gays, aims his book at religiously conservative parents. He argues that sexual orientation is neither the parent's nor the child's fault; and, if parents must see their gay child as a trial of faith, love and Christian compassion rather than condemnation and hatred should be their response. Switzer uses biblical references throughout to placate and comfort even the angriest of parents. Both books are recommended. All public libraries need a copy of Beyond Acceptance, and libraries serving more conservative communities should consider Coming Out as Parents.A. Arro Smith, San Marcos P.L., Tex.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664256364
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 112
  • Lexile: 1260L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.27 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David K. Switzer is Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas. He is the author of several books and articles on pastoral care and counseling.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction 1
1. Oh, No! 6
2. We've Lost Our Child 13
3. Is Our Child Really Gay? 26
4. Where Does the Fault Belong? 39
5. Where Did We Go Wrong? 45
6. If Our Child Only Loved Us 49
7. What Will People Think? 54
8. What Causes Homosexuality Anyway? 62
9. But Doesn't the Bible Condemn It? 71
10. What Does Our Child Want of Us? 87
Notes 96
Additional Resources 98
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