Straight Parents, Gay Children: Keeping Families Together

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Da Capo Press, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 254 pages
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Straight Parents, Gay Children is Robert Bernstein’s moving account of how he came to terms with his daughter’s homosexuality and how the experience has enriched his life. Bernstein -- winner of the 1996 Award for Best Scholarship on the Subject of Intolerance, awarded by the Gustaves Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America -- discusses the myths surrounding homosexuality, accepting the news, parents who speak out, public figures who have gay children, and more. Straight Parents, Gay Children is a survival guide for all parents who wish to help their gay children cope with the inevitable cruelty from which they cannot hide. This revised and updated edition includes an introduction by Robert MacNeil of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions and a foreword by Candace Gingrich, author of The Accidental Activist “Bob Bernstein has done a wonderful job. I wish his book could be required reading for the world.”—Betty DeGeneres, spokesperson, Human Rights Campaign, National Coming Out Project “Bernstein’s tone is personal, his advice is sound ... a valuable addition to the psychological self-help collections.”—Charles Harmon, Booklist “A succinct, moving book about parents who have defied the social stigma of homosexuality to publicly support their gay children.”—Washington Blade
  

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Reading the book definitely helped me understand how my mom felt when I came out to her. Of course its not Shakespeare, but I am glad the author took the time to get several points of view. You a ... Read full review

Contents

RETHINKING THE UNTHINKABLE
1
OUR FAMILY DIGESTS THE NEWS
9
FAMILIES FIGHTING THE MYTHS
29
THE BIRTH OF A MOVEMENT
51
GROWING UP GAY
63
FAMILIES UNDER SIEGE
79
PARENTS SPEAK OUT THE SURGEON AND THE SUPERCOP
99
FAMILY VALUES
121
PUBLIC FIGURES AND THEIR GAY RELATIVES
161
THE UNRELIABILITY OF STEREOTPES
185
A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR CONFRONTS HOMOPHOBIA
197
A SURVIVAL GUIDE
207
A CALL TO ARMS
225
APPENDIX
231
INDEX
243
Copyright

THE SPIRITUAL DIMENSION FOUR FAMILIES CONFRONT THEIR CHURCHES
131

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About the author (2003)

Bernstein is a freelance writer, retired lawyer and law professor.

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