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How Homophobia Hurts Children: Nuturing Diversity at Home, at School and in the Community / Edition 1

How Homophobia Hurts Children: Nuturing Diversity at Home, at School and in the Community / Edition 1

by Jean M Baker


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781560231646
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/28/2001
Series: Gay and Lesbian Studies
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Shame Can Shatter Their Dreams
  • Homophobia: A Respectable Prejudice
  • The Gay Rights Movement
  • The Homosexual Debate: Pathology or Normal Variation?
  • Growing Up in a Homophobic Culture
  • What Is It Like to Grow Up Gay?
  • Adult Attitudes
  • Chapter 2. Myths and Fallacies
  • Myth: Homosexuality Is a Mental Illness
  • Myth: Homosexuality Can Be Cured
  • Myth: Homosexuality Is a Choice
  • Myth: Homosexuals Are Sexual Molesters
  • Myth: Homosexuals Will Convert Children to Homosexuality
  • Myths and Stereotypes Perpetuate Prejudice
  • Chapter 3. Identity Development
  • Erik Erikson's Stages of Child and Adolescent Development
  • Chapter 4. Coming Out
  • What Is Coming Out?
  • Early Childhood Experiences
  • Coming Out in High School
  • Coming-Out Models
  • What Do Youth Say About Coming Out?
  • Chapter 5. Parents and Families Coming Out
  • Why Should Parents Come Out?
  • How Do Parents React When They Discover Their Child Is Gay?
  • What Does Research Show?
  • Stages of Parental Coming Out
  • My Own Story
  • Mary Borhek's Story
  • Chapter 6. For All Parents
  • To Parents Who Don't Know Whether Their Child Is Gay
  • Family Reactions to Gay Children Coming Out
  • Comments
  • Chapter 7. What Happens to Gay Children at School?
  • Memories of Harassment and Intimidation
  • What Does Research Show About Harassment of Gays in Schools?
  • Cultural Permission for Antigay Harassment
  • The Hidden Gay Students
  • Intimidation and Harassment May Provoke Violence in Schools
  • Chapter 8. Students Tell Us How Schools Can Help
  • Actions Schools Can Take
  • A Gay Football Player Comes Out
  • Chapter 9. How Individuals Within the School System Can Help Gay Students
  • A Teacher's Coming-Out Story
  • What Else Can Teachers Do?
  • What Can School Counselors and School Psychologists Do?
  • What Can School Administrators and School Boards Do?
  • Chapter 10. Gay Youth Support Groups
  • Students Speak About the Groups
  • A School Nurse
  • An English Teacher
  • A Chemistry Teacher
  • A Librarian
  • Chapter 11. A School Climate Survey
  • Background
  • Why Students Did or Did Not Intervene
  • Why Gay Students Would or Would Not Feel Safe in School
  • Summary
  • Chapter 12. Transcending the Stigma
  • Are Gays and Lesbians Exceptional?
  • What's Good About Being Gay?
  • Chapter 13. Enlightened Mayor Seeks Acceptance for Gay Youths
  • Chapter 14. For Mental Health Professionals
  • Chapter 15. Legal and Social Policy Barriers and How They Affect Gay Children
  • The Right to Marry
  • Antidiscrimination Legislation
  • Antidiscrimination Policies in the Schools
  • Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Gays in the Military
  • Archaic Sex Laws
  • Boy Scout Policies
  • Policies About AIDS
  • Antigay Hate Crimes
  • Changing Laws and Policies Can Help Our Gay Children
  • Chapter 16. Transgender Identity
  • Gender Benders
  • Transvestites
  • Androgyne
  • Transsexuals
  • Intersexed
  • Nature versus Nurture Revisited
  • Chapter 17. Personal Stories of Transsexuals Growing Up
  • Michael (Once Michelle)
  • Alexander (Once Virginia Allegra)
  • Mark (Once Vivian)
  • Jeffrey/Adrianna
  • Comments
  • Chapter 18. The Tipping Point
  • References
  • Index

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