Setting them straight: you can do something about bigotry and homophobia in your life

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Penguin Books, Jun 19, 1996 - Political Science - 262 pages
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From singer Melissa Etheridge to Olympic champion Greg Louganis, from tennis great Martina Navratilova to the British actor Sir Ian McKellan, celebrities and notables have come forward to put a new face on gay and lesbian sexuality. At the same time, the religious right campaigns to legalize discrimination against gays and promote an anti-gay prejudice in the general public. The result: cultural attitudes on this topic have never been so polarized - or so openly discussed. The battle is on! With all of this new visibility, tensions between gay people, their families, coworkers, and others have come out in the open as never before. In Setting Them Straight, experienced therapist Dr. Betty Berzon, author of the classic bestseller Permanent Partners, provides a unique battle plan for confronting discrimination, whether it comes from strangers or beloved friends and family. Understanding why people hate, the origins of prejudice, how to channel anger, the answers to the rhetoric of bigotry, and how to prevail in homophobic encounters are all a part of Dr. Berzon's discussion. This book is a timely, important, and much needed resource for a community under siege.

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Review: Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life

User Review  - Jodi - Goodreads

This book is somewhat outdated, which detracts at times from its usefulness. However, it nonetheless gives good advice about dealing with homophobia at all levels. Read full review

Review: Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life

User Review  - Zac Sigler - Goodreads

A bit dated, but relevant ways to deal with the hate spewing out of certain population segments' collective mouths after the DOMA ruling today. Read full review


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Berzon is a psychotherapist specializing in gay and lesbian issues.