World Out There: Becoming Part of the Lesbian and Gay Community

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A much-needed introduction to life beyond the closet door, Mike Ford’s The World Out There: Becoming Part of the Lesbian and Gay Community is the first book for a new generation of young men and women who want to know more about what being part of the gay and lesbian community means.

In a book that many older gay men and lesbians will wish had been available to them, The World Out There addresses everything from dating and the gay bar scene, to...

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Overview

A much-needed introduction to life beyond the closet door, Mike Ford’s The World Out There: Becoming Part of the Lesbian and Gay Community is the first book for a new generation of young men and women who want to know more about what being part of the gay and lesbian community means.

In a book that many older gay men and lesbians will wish had been available to them, The World Out There addresses everything from dating and the gay bar scene, to career and education choices, community centers, and online services.

The book includes lists of songs, artists, books, films, and resources of special interest to lesbians and gay men; schools with gay studies programs; and portraits of a half-dozen gay communities in cities across the country. Brief profiles offer examples of men and women who have successfully incorporated their gay identities into their personal and professional lives.

Ideal for the thousands of young men and women who migrate to urban gay communities every year, The World Out There is also for the thousands of others isolated in less receptive settings for whom this book will open up a whole wonderful and reassuring universe of possibilities.

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Outspoken intersperses bibiographies and other "fast fact" lists among 12 interviews with a business executive, police officer, Olympic boxer, actor, and more. In his earlier, acclaimed The World Out There, Ford sensitively explains issues, dispels stereotypes, and shows some of the many ways that teens can become involved with a larger gay community. (LJ 8/96)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565842342
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Series: Gay and Lesbian Studies Series
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.29 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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Michael Thomas Ford is the author of several books, including 100 Questions & Answers about AIDS and The Voices of AIDS. His essays and articles on gay and lesbian issues have appeared in magazines including The Advocate, Publishers Weekly, Lambda Book Report, QW, and Current Biography.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 5
Author's Note 6
How to Use This Book 9
Beginnings 11
What Does Being Gay Mean? 14
Portrait of a City: Washington, D.C. 19
What Is the Gay Community? 24
Why Should I Become Involved in the Gay Community? 27
Profile: Melissa Etheridge 31
Finding the Gay Community 34
Portrait of a City: Atlanta, Georgia 41
We Are Family?: Differences in the Gay Community 46
Profile: Stephen Gendel 49
Why Do Some People Hate Us?: Homophobia 52
Dealing with Homophobia 55
Portrait of a City: New York, New York 62
You're Out! 67
Do I Have to Like Judy Garland?: The Truth about Stereotypes 73
Profile: Rob Allen 78
Celebrating Being Gay 82
A Note to Gay Young People 87
Portrait of a City: Seattle, Washington 91
Community History and Role Models 95
Dating and Relationships 101
Profile: James Johnstone, Laura Mayne, and Jayka Mayne 106
Family Values 110
Sex: For Women Only 114
Portrait of a City: Toronto, Ontario 119
Sex: For Men Only 123
Profile: Sara Moon 127
AIDS 131
Portrait of a City: St. Louis, Missouri 138
Bisexuality 143
Profile: Kate Bornstein 149
Gender Matters 153
Gay Studies 101: Educational Opportunities 160
Portrait of a City: Boston, Massachusetts 164
Living and Working 169
Profile: Andy Mangels 173
Religion and Spirituality 178
Living in a Straight World 182
Portrait of a City: San Francisco, California 185
Endings 189
For Further Exploration 191
Resources 199
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