How Homophobia Hurts Children

How Homophobia Hurts Children

by John Dececco, Phd, Jean M Baker
     
 

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Homophobia hurts kids. Explore ways to minimize that trauma! This book illustrates the ways that children growing up to be gay are harmed by homophobia before anyone, including themselves, even knows they are gay. This compelling and sympathetic volume describes many simple ways that these children can be helped to understand that they can grow up to lead normal

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Homophobia hurts kids. Explore ways to minimize that trauma! This book illustrates the ways that children growing up to be gay are harmed by homophobia before anyone, including themselves, even knows they are gay. This compelling and sympathetic volume describes many simple ways that these children can be helped to understand that they can grow up to lead normal lives, with hopes and dreams for their futures. How Homophobia Hurts Children: Nurturing Diversity at Home, at School, and in the Community brings home the voices of these children. They describe their experiences to show how they came to the frightening recognition that they are part of a group held in disregard by the rest of society, even sometimes by their own families. Dr. Jean M. Baker, the author of How Homophobia Hurts Children: Nurturing Diversity at Home, at School, and in the Community is a clinical psychologist and the mother of two gay sons. In this book she shares her experience as both psychologist and mother to show how the myths and fallacies about homosexuality have influenced parents, schools, churches, and lawmakers to send children the cruel message that if they are gay, they are not normal and will not be able to lead normal lives. In this unique volume you'll find: a chapter on identity development, following the Eriksonian model interviews with high school students who are self-identified as gay firsthand descriptions of the harassment and victimization of those perceived as gay in schools research on how victimization at school affects gay youths a discussion of the relatively new phenomenon of gay/straight alliances (gay support groups or clubs) a chapter on transgender identity with interviews with four transsexual persons who describe their personal childhood experiences and their transition process The focus of How Homophobia Hurts Children: Nurturing Diversity at Home, at School, and in the Community, centering on the social and familial exp

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Tucson-based clinical psychologist Baker, a consultant to the state of Arizona on child abuse and neglect, let gay children tell their own stories of gradual discovery that they are different, and suggest to adults involved with children how to enhance the lives of children who will grow up to be gay. The changes in behavior and language she sets out require little more effort than awareness and willingness. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560231639
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Gay and Lesbian Studies
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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Alan L. Storm
THIS IS A BOOK THAT ALL EDUCATORS—counselors, teachers, administrators—AS WELL AS MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS SHOULD READ. A thoughtful, factual account of what gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth suffer in our public schools and in their personal lives. This book SHOULD BE USED AT THE UNIVERSITY LEVEL as a part of every teacher preparation program as well as in graduate programs in education and counseling. REQUIRED READING FOR PROFESSIONALS.(Alan L. Storm, PhD, Chair-elect of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Concerns (CLGBC), American Psychological Association; Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, Sunnyside Unified School District, Tucson, Arizona)

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