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Gay & Lesbian Books...

Coming Out to Parents by Mary Borhek

Listed by American Bookseller as "among the most important gay and lesbian books that should be represented in any general bookstore", Borhek's original edition of this book (1983) has also been praised as "sound, sympathetic, and helpful" (St. Luke's Journal of Theology). In this thorough revision, Borhek brings an additional decade of personal knowledge and experience to bear on the subject of coming out.

Children of Horizons: How Gay and Lesbian Teens are Leading a New Way Out
By Gilbert Herdt and Andrew Boxer

This book confronts myths about gay and lesbian youth and explores their real experiences of coming out. The research for the book was conducted at the Horizons lesbian and gay social service agency in Chicago, Illinois.

Gay Men and Women Who Enriched the World, Thomas Cowan

Cowan has written lively accounts of forty-seven men and women who offered outstanding contributions in different fields, ranging from mathematics and military strategy to art, philosophy, and economics. Each chapter is amusingly illustrated with a caricature by Michael Willhoite.

Growing Up Gay: A Literary Anthology, Bennett L. Singer, editor

Growing up Gay, Growing up Lesbian is the first literary anthology geared specifically to gay and lesbian youth. It includes more than fifty coming-of-age stories by established writers and teenagers and has been hailed by writers, educators, activists, booksellers, and the press as an essential resource for young people--and not-so-young people--seeking to understand the gay and lesbian experience.

One Teenager in Ten: Writings by Gay and Lesbian Youth, Ann Heron, editor

Gay and lesbian teenagers describe their personal experiences and provide insight into their feelings of despair and isolation as well as their struggles for support and a sense of self-worth.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson

Winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a coming-out novel from Winterson, the acclaimed author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry. The narrator, Jeanette, cuts her teeth on the knowledge that she is one of Gods elect, but as this budding evangelical comes of age, and comes to terms with her preference for her own sex, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household crumbles

Understanding Sexual Identity: A Book for Gay and Lesbian Teens, Janice Rench.

This 56-page book is geared toward gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents. Understanding Sexual Identity addresses issues such as AIDS and alcohol abuse. It also discusses gays throughout history, religious and emotional questions that arise with respect to homosexuality and how to use condoms.

When Someone You Know Is Gay, Susan and Daniel Cohen

An excellent book to give your friends, when you're having trouble explaining what it's like to be gay.

Young, Gay and Proud, Sasha Alyson, editor

a book written for adolescents who are exploring a gay identity. It was edited by Sasha Alyson and Lynne Yamaguchi Fletcher. The book has been banned by different public libraries. This book is based on a person called Jack Woodhouse

Beyond Acceptance, Carolyn Griffin and Marian and Arthur Wirth

Based upon discussion and interviews conducted with parents belonging to P-FLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), a support and advocacy group with over four hundred chapters internationally, Beyond Acceptance provides parents with the comfort and knowledge needed to accept their gay children and build stronger relationships with them. It provides accurate, documented answers to the questions that surface after the initial shock and addresses such concerns as: "Is it a choice?" "Can it be changed?" and "Did the parents 'cause' their child to be gay?" With extensive testimony from other parents, this book lets mothers and fathers know that they are not alone and helps them through the emotional stages leading to reconciliation with their children.

Different Daughters: A Book by Mothers of Lesbians, Louise Rafkin

Twenty-nine mothers of lesbians come together to trace their journeys towards acceptance of their daughters. Facing their fears and confusion, prejudice and misunderstandings, they speak honestly and bravely about the difficulties and joys of life with their "different daughters." Writing about families, community, religion, grandchildren, bisexuality, transsexuality, and coming out, the authors of Different Daughters raise questions shared by all mothers. How can we accept our children for who they are? How can we love our children even when they are different from us?

Now That You Know: What Every Parent Should Know About Homosexuality, Betty Fairchild and Nancy Hayward

Now updated, this challenging and enlightening guide will help the 20 to 40 million parents in the United States who may be faced with the knowledge that a son or daughter is homosexual.

My Son Eric, Mary V. Borhek

A classic account of a mother's struggle to understand and accept her gay son -- from denial to reconciliation to activism. A touching and courageous true story, particularly useful for those parents whose religious backgrounds condemn homosexuality.

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