No More Goodbyes: Circling the Wagons Around Our Gay Loved Ones

No More Goodbyes: Circling the Wagons Around Our Gay Loved Ones

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by Carol Lynn Pearson
     
 

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VOYA - Erin Kilby
Pearson's previous work, Goodbye, I Love You (Random House, 1986), a memoir about the relationship between Pearson and her gay husband, Gerald, who died of AIDS in 1984, provides the foundation for this second book calling for acceptance and sensitivity to the homosexual community. This timely work, an evaluation of Mormon attitudes about homosexuality, offers an alternative message to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other faiths whose doctrines condemn homosexuality as grave sin. Primarily a collection of letters and anecdotes from current and former gay and lesbian Mormons and their families, the book helps to "put a face on" those persons who have been ostracized from their faith communities. Attention is drawn to the high rates of suicide among young Mormon males, the church's practice of treating homosexuals through "reparative therapy," and the referrals of individuals to Evergreen, a support group focused on assisting homosexuals to "reorient" to a heterosexual lifestyle. In light of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and legislation permitting same-sex marriage and civil unions in some states, Pearson's message is surprisingly not legalistic. Instead her heartwarming stories of reconciliation as well as her heart-wrenching accounts of tragedy encourage the faithful to follow the example of Jesus and love unconditionally, or in Pearson's words, "circle the wagons" and rally behind gay and lesbian loved ones. Teens inundated with conflicting messages about homosexuality will find that regardless of one's views about sexual orientation, Pearson's message and her "New Frontier" is one of love-a message that is urgent, valuable, and thankfully difficultto resist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780963885241
Publisher:
Brigham Distributing
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,347,977
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

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