Overcoming Heterosexism and Homophobia: Strategies That Work

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Providing strategies fhat can be adopted by educators, counselors, community activists and leaders, and those working in the lesbian and gay community, the contributors discuss role-playing exercises, suggestions for beginning a dialogue, methods of "coming out" effectively to family members and coworkers, and outlines for workshops.
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Teachers, college instructors, and workshop leaders working in classroom settings; and social scientists working in grassroots multicultural communities and socioeconomic institutions, recount their findings about which techniques do and do not work in changing homophobic attitudes, and what mistakes they have found to avoid. Some of the topics are Asian Americans in southern California, support groups for nongay spouses, open conversations in senior-high English, a training model for beginning counselors, the Episcopal Church, and the media. One of the 36 essays has been previously published. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780231104227
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/26/1997
  • Series: Between Men - between Women Series
  • Pages: 470
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES T. SEARS is professor of curriculum studies at the University of South Carolina.

WALTER L. WILLIAMS is professor of anthropology and gender studies at the University of Southern California.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Foundational Issues 11
Thinking Critically/Intervening Effectively About Homophobia and Heterosexism 13
Changing Homophobic and Heterosexist Attitudes: An Overview of Persuasive Communication Approaches 49
Effective Coming Out: Self-Disclosure Strategies to Reduce Sexual Identity Bias 65
Multicultural Perspectives on Reducing Heterosexism: Looking for Strategies That Work 76
Pt. II Working with Ethnic Groups and Family Members 89
Challenging Complexities: Strategies with Asian Americans in Southern California Against (Heterosex)Isms 91
Working with Heterosexismo in Latino/a Immigrant Los Angeles: Reflections on Community Background, Processes, and Practices 104
Reducing Homophobia in African American Communities 117
Homophobia and Anti-Semitism: Making the Links 131
A Three-Legged Stool: PFLAG's Support, Education, and Advocacy 141
Anger to Advocacy: Support Groups for Nongay Spouses 148
Using Music to Reduce Homophobia and Heterosexism 156
Pt. III Working with Students 167
Challenging Representations of Sexuality Through Story and Performance 169
Teaching About Homophobia at a Historically Black University: A Role Play for Undergraduate Students 182
"But You Seem So Normal!": Multidimensional Approaches to Unlearning Homophobia on a College Campus 197
Language in the Classroom: Opening Conversations About Lesbian and Gay Issues in Senior High English 209
Promoting Respect for Different Viewpoints and Ways of Living to Australian High School Students 218
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Orientation: The Coaches' Corner 233
Pt. IV Working in Professional Training Programs 247
Elementary School Teachers: Homophobia Reduction in a Staff Development Context 249
You Can't Be for Children and Against Their Families: Family Diversity Workshops for Elementary School Teachers 261
Sensitive Supervisors, Prepared Practicum, and "Queer" Clients: A Training Model for Beginning Counselors 272
Strategies for Reducing Social Work Students' Homophobia 287
Gay and Lesbian Issues in U.S. Medical Schools: Climate and Curriculum 299
Educating Criminal Justice College Students About Sexual Orientation, Homophobia, and Heterosexism 311
Sexual Orientation Training in Law Enforcement Agencies: A Preliminary Review of What Works 326
PT. V Working Within Institutions 339
Changing the Church: Lessons Learned in the Struggle to Reduce Institutional Heterosexism in the Episcopal Church 341
Homophobia and the U.S. Roman Catholic Clergy 354
Building Alliances: The Case of the Japanese American Citizens League Endorsement of Same-Sex Marriage 371
Thinking Homo/Economically 380
Economic Power as a Means of Reducing Heterosexism: Personal Financial Planning Strategies 391
Making Allies of Co-Workers: Educating the Corporate World 402
Creating Change: Making an Impact in the Local News Media 416
Changing Gay and Lesbian Images in the Media 427
Contributors 443
Index 449
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