Positively Gay: New Approaches to Gay and Lesbian Life / Edition 3

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When POSITIVELY GAY was first published in 1979, it was widely praised for its practical treatment of a variety of topics affecting the lives of gays and lesbians. With a list of contributors from diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and approaches, this important resource, compiled by Dr. Betty Berzon, spotlights significant but often overlooked topics such as building successful same-sex partnerships, reconciling religious dilemmas, coming out to one'¬?s family, creating gay families, using voting power to effect change, dealing with legal and financial issues, and living as a gay person of color. Gay and lesbian readers will find much to inform and guide them on their journey to self-acceptance.‚Ä¢ Replaces previous edition: ISBN 0-89087-676-2.‚Ä¢ Previous editions sold 50,000 copies.‚Ä¢ Provides information on recent developments and debates that have affected gay culture, including the Internet and same-sex marriage.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587610950
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 397
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

DR. BETTY BERZON is a psychotherapist specializing in gay and lesbian studies. An activist and the author of Permanent Partners, The Intimacy Dance, and Setting Them Straight, Dr. Berzon lives in Los Angeles, California with her partner of 20 years.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x
Foreword 1
Introduction 12
Being Gay: Personal Issues, Social Options 17
Developing a Positive Gay and Lesbian Identity 18
Coming Out Inside 32
The Ever Changing Lesbian Social Scene 39
The Ever Changing World of Gay Men 47
Gay Men's Sexualities: Reflections at the Dawn of the Millennium 56
Partnering: The Special Issues of Same-Sex Coupling 77
Building Successful Relationships 78
Lesbian Couples: Special Issues 93
Family Relations: Fresh Perspectives 109
Telling the Family You're Gay 110
For Parents of Lesbians and Gays 125
We Are Family: Gay and Lesbian Parents and Their Rights 138
Aging: A Season of Grace 157
The Old Lesbian 158
The Older Gay Man 179
Religion: Reconciling the Spiritual Dilemma 197
Judaism: A Time of Change 198
Protestantism and Gay and Lesbian Freedom 210
Catholicism: On the Compatibility of Sexuality and Faith 233
The Practical Aspects: Taking Control of Your Life 253
Job Security in the Workplace: Legal Protections for Lesbians and Gay Men 254
Financial Planning: Making the Best Use of Your Money 272
Take Back the Day: Opening the Corporate Closet 290
Using Your Gay and Lesbian Voting Power 301
People of Color: The Special Experiences of Minorities within a Minority 317
African-American Issues: The Soul of It 318
Latino Issues: Gay and Lesbian Latinos Claiming La Raza 325
Asian-Pacific Islander Issues: Identity Integration and Pride 334
Native Gay and Lesbian Issues: The Two-Spirit People 342
Young People: The Future of Our Community 359
The Brave New World of Gay and Lesbian Youth 360
Telling Our Stories 379
The Importance of Telling Our Stories 380
The Positively Gay Discussion Guide 387
Contributors 391
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