Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Retardation: Stories of the Rainbow Support Group

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Reflecting an unprecedented development in the disabled and sexual minority communities, this book describes the founding, achievements, and history of a unique group providing support for GLBT people with developmental disabilities or mental retardation. In this pathbreaking book, group founder John D. Allen describes the Rainbow Support Group's beginnings in 1998 at the New Haven Gay & Lesbian Community Center in Connecticut and the ways in which it has been shattering the myths and stereotypes surrounding people with mental retardation ever since.
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What People Are Saying

Dan Woog
This is A TREMENDOUSLY VALUABLE BOOK. . . . Anyone involved in any way with people with developmental disabilities and mental retardation—family members, friends, social workers, therapists, teachers, clergy—will come away educated, inspired, and moved. By showing, strongly but compassionately, that every human being is also a sexual being, John Allen encourages us to look beyond our differences. . . . That is a lesson all of us need desperately to learn. . . . A POWERFUL BOOK.
Author of School's Out: The Impact of Gay and Lesbian Issues on America's Schools
Leslie Walker-Hirsch
Proudly and publicly enlightens us about a safe place for men and women with intellectual disabilities who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender to find understanding, support, and sometimes even friendship. The support group members tell their stories, simply and without self-pity. THANK YOU, members of the Rainbow Support Group, for sharing your stories with us and thank you, John Allen, for chronicling them!
MEd, Social Development and Sexuality Consultant, Moonstone Sexuality Education and Consultation Services
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560233954
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Section I: Background
  • Chapter 1. Reflections at Four Years: A Brief History of the Rainbow Support Group
  • Chapter 2. Professional Perspectives: Observations by Support Staff
  • Section II: The Members
  • Chapter 3. Andrew
  • Chapter 4. Joe
  • Chapter 5. Ron
  • Chapter 6. Andy Loves Joe Loves Ron Loves Andy Loves Ron Loves Joe Loves Andy
  • Chapter 7. Pam and Dana
  • Chapter 8. Steven
  • Chapter 9. The Quiet Guys: Daniel, Will, Allen, Bob, and George
  • Chapter 10. Bill
  • Chapter 11. Tim
  • Chapter 12. Ben
  • Chapter 13. Lisa
  • Section III: The Leaders
  • Chapter 14. Facilitator, Maureen Thomas
  • Chapter 15. Founder, John D. Allen
  • Conclusion
  • References
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