Queer Kids: The Challenges and Promise for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth

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Full of narratives, scholarly research, and problem-solving scenarios, Queer Kids: The Challenges and Promise for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth examines the unique problems and hardships homosexual youths encounter and how they cope, survive, and find understanding amidst homophobic intolerance. This enlightening book will help gay and straight adults understand what life is like for a young gay adult, as well as aid counselors, students, ministers, and other gay youths in need of advice and guidance. In addition, readers will learn about the coming-out process and how gay youths struggle to define themselves sexually and emotionally.
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Examines the challenges facing today's homosexual teens and young adults and tells how to help them cope with issues of self-definition, sexuality, and homophobia. The words and experiences of real-life gay teens are paraphrased throughout, illustrating the diversity and commonalities of gay teens' lives. Includes some 45 pages of print, video, and online resources, as well as lists of hotlines, organizations, and youth groups. For parents, teachers, and counselors. Paper edition (unseen), $24.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Contents Preface

  • Acknowledgments
  • Who Are Queer Kids?
  • A Working Vocabulary
  • Conclusion
  • “Becoming” Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual
  • Feeling Different
  • Awareness of Same-Sex Attractions
  • First Sexual Contacts and Dating
  • Self-Identification
  • Conclusion
  • Coming Out of the Closet
  • Stages
  • Conclusion
  • Challenges for Queer Kids
  • What Challenges?
  • Conclusion
  • The Special Problem of Schools
  • School Personnel
  • Curriculum
  • Harassment and Violence
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • College Campuses
  • Conclusion
  • Outcomes for Sexual-Minority Youths
  • Statistics
  • The Pluses
  • Addressing the Needs of Queer Kids
  • Change Societal Attitudes
  • Provide More Role Models
  • Educate Families
  • Eliminate Untenable School Conditions
  • Monitor Juvenile Courts
  • Establish Special Programs and Schools
  • Open All Youth Programs to Lesbian and Gay Youth
  • Involve the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community
  • Train More Knowledgeable and Unbiased Professionals
  • Organize College Students
  • Conclusion: Who Owns the Problem?
  • Counseling
  • Difficulties in Serving Queer Kids
  • Education of the Counselor
  • Getting ’Em in the Door
  • Keeping ’Em There
  • Counseling Beyond the Individual Teen
  • Helping Suicidal Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youths
  • Conclusion
  • Counseling for Coming Out
  • Challenges to Coming Out
  • Counseling Others
  • Conclusion
  • Parental Acceptance
  • Acceptance of a Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual Child
  • Acceptance of a Partner or Lover
  • Sharing with Others
  • Conclusion
  • Letter to a Queer Kid
  • Who Are You?
  • Being Different
  • Take Pride in Yourself
  • Coming Out
  • A Relationshp: That Special Someone
  • Gender Needs
  • Choosing a Counselor
  • Living with Parents
  • Celebrate Yourself
  • Conclusion
  • Resources
  • Useful Books for Youth, Counselors, and Family
  • Videos
  • On-Line Resources
  • Talk Lines/Hotlines/Crisis Lines
  • National Organizations
  • Youth Groups and Support Services
  • Pen Pal Services
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
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