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A Family and Friend's Guide to Sexual Orientation: Bridging Divide Between Gay and Straight

by Alan Ellis (Editor), Bob Powers

Publisher: Routledge
Pages: 273
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780415912754






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Overview of A Family and Friend's Guide to Sexual Orientation: Bridging Divide Between Gay and Straight

A Family and Friend's Guide to Sexual Orientation helps individuals and families to bridge the divide between gay and straight, to heal wounds that often accompany individuals and families' negative feelings about lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered persons. Consisting of thirty stories by individuals who have come to accept and embrace their own sexuality, twelve of the stories are by heterosexuals who, in addition to talking about their own sexuality, speak of the homosexuality of a loved one. The book also includes five personal stories from two families.

Synopsis of A Family and Friend's Guide to Sexual Orientation: Bridging Divide Between Gay and Straight

When it comes to sexual orientation, most families operate in a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" environment. A Family and Friend's Guide to Sexual Orientation helps individuals and families to bridge the divide between gay and straight, to heal the wounds that often accompany individuals and families negative feelings about lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered persons.

Consisting of thirty stories by individuals who have come to accept (and who have embraced) their own sexuality, twelve of the stories are by heterosexuals who, in addition to talking about their own sexuality, speak of the homosexuality of a loved one. The stories focus on each individual's life history, the development of their negative attitudes toward differing sexual orientations, and how they moved beyond these attitudes. In addition, the book includes five stories from two families: A gay father, his ex-wife and daughter; and a father who is a Rabbi and his lesbian daughter. These stories offer striking insights into the family dynamics relating to the homosexuality of a family member, and how families can work together to achieve a place of compassion and acceptance.

About the Author, Alan Ellis

Bob Powers is president of Bob Powers & Associates, Inc. Alan Ellis teaches psychology and human sexuality at San Francisco State University. They are the authors of A Managers Guide to Sexual Orientation in the Workplace also published by Routledge.

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