Preventing Heterosexism and Homophobia

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In addition to the stresses of everyday life, gay men, lesbians and bisexuals experience multiple pressures and constraints related to their chosen lifestyles. This volume examines the gay and lesbian experience in light of this additional tension - which can result in psychopathology - and points towards a future free of heterosexism.

The internationally renowned contributors argue that the stress of 'coming out', uncertainties concerning parenting children, and the difficulties facing ethnic minority lesbians, gay men and bisexuals cannot be adequately addressed without confronting the heterosexual bias in society. They propose methods geared towards eliminating heterosexual bias in a number of settings, including health

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A collection of 14 essays based on a 1995 conference in Vermont dedicated to preventing psychopathology by addressing the prevention of "heterosexism" (homophobia). To that end the contributors discuss the realities of being gay, lesbian, or bisexual in a heterosexually centered culture, covering questions of political oppression, heterosexism in education, bias in psychotherapy and workplace, challenges to relationships and identity, and strategies for mitigating and eliminating hate crimes and prejudices through personal and political involvement. Paper edition (unseen), $24.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Esther D Rothblum and Lynne A Bond
Speaking of Oppression - Celia Kitzinger
Psychology, Politics and the Language of Power
Combating Heterosexism in Educational Institutions - Connie S Chan
Structural Changes and Strategies
Preventing Heterosexism and Bias in Psychotherapy and Counseling - Laura S Brown
Lesbians and Gay Men of Color - Beverly Greene
The Legacy of Ethnosexual Mythologies in Heterosexism
Rejecting Therapy - Rachel E Perkins
Using Our Communities
Finding a Sexual Identity and Community - Paula C Rust
Therapeutic Implications and Cultural Assumptions in Scientific Models of Coming Out
Enhancing the Development of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youths - Anthony R D'Augelli
Lesbian and Gay Love Scripts - Suzanna Rose
Immigrant and Refugee Lesbians - Oliva M EspĂ­n
Contributions of Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children to the Prevention of Heterosexism - Charlotte J Patterson
Societal Reaction and Homosexuality - Michael W Ross
Acculturation, Life Events Stressors and Social Supports as Mediators of Response to Homonegative Attitudes
The Prevention of Anti-Lesbian/Gay Hate Crimes through Social Change and Empowerment - Jeanine C Cogan
Homo-Phobia, Homo-Ignorance, Homo-Hate - Lynda J Ames
Heterosexism and AIDS
Individual Action and Political Strategies - Joy A Livingston
Creating a Future Free of Heterosexism
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