Coming Out and Seeking Support

Coming Out and Seeking Support

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Coming Out and Seeking Support by Robert Rodi, Laura Ross, Kevin Jennings

When Sarah recognized she was a lesbian, she found support first from a gay teacher in her high school. Ed was sent to an ex-gay ministry when he first told his family he was gay. And international pop star Ricky Martin announced to the world that he was gay on his website. The experience of publicly identifying one-self as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) is deeply personal for each individual. But while the particulars vary, there are issues and questions shared by all. Should I come out? When should I come out? Who should I come out to first? The most important thing to know is that you're not alone. In addition to friends, family, and teachers, groups such as GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) and PFLAG (formerly known as Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays) are there to provide support to young people coming out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422235034
Publisher: Mason Crest
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Series: Living Proud! Growing Up LGBTQ Series
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword Kevin Jennings 8

1 What It Means to Come Out 11

What Is Coming Out? 12

Close-up: Coming Out as a Process 14

Feeling Proud-and Vulnerable 15

Telling Friends 15

Family Reactions 17

Fear of Coming Out 18

Close-up: Coming Out As a Teen (or Younger) 19

Risks and Repercussions 20

I he Greatest Danger: Nor Coming Out 20

Coming Out for Social Change 21

Privacy versus Progress 22

2 Sarah's Story 27

"It's Just a Phase" 28

Trying to Be "Normal" 29

A Betrayal of Trust 30

Seeking Allies-and Acceptance 32

Close-up: Coming Out on the Internet 34

3 Ed's Story 37

Spending Decades in the Closet 38

Torn Between Faith and Feeling 40

Coming Out to God 40

Close-up: Coming Out to Immigrant Parents 41

Learning from Someone Else's Regrets 42

Accepting Yourself as You Are 42

Embracing a New Faith Community 44

4 Finding Support 49

Politicizing Parents 50

Gay Acceptance: A Generational Shift 52

Guidelines for New LGBT Allies 52

The Trauma of "Outing" 54

Series Glossary 56

Further Resources 62

Index 64

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