Becoming Gay: The Journey To Self-Acceptance

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Macmillan, Jun 15, 1997 - Social Science - 210 pages
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Winner of a Books for a Better Life Literary Award in Psychology

The importance of living authentically—accepting one’s homosexuality and embracing a positive gay identity—is at the heart of Dr. Richard Isay’s powerful work on the psychological development of gay men. In the candid language of personal case histories, including his own, Isay shows how disguising one’s sexual identity can induce anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. He looks at the dilemma of gay men who are closeting in heterosexual marriages as well as at the specific concerns of adolescents, older men, and those confronted with HIV or AIDS. Isay exposes the tenacity with which psychoanalysis has clung to outdated views of homosexuality. Becoming Gay offers great insight for students of psychology, gender studies, and sociology.
 

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BECOMING GAY: The Journey to Self-Acceptance

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Isay (Being Homosexual, 1989) discusses the role psychoanalysis can play in helping gay men to embrace their identity. Himself a gay psychoanalyst, Isay frequently slips into awkward phrasings and ... Read full review

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Now, im not saying im a complete faggot, but i am. i do enjoy the occassional man-root and the taste of semen is forever on my tongue. good book.
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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
A PERSONAL ODYSSEY
10
THE GAY THERAPIST
37
THE HOMOSEXUAL ADOLESCENT
64
THE DILEMMA OF HETEROSEXUALLY MARRIED HOMOSEXUAL MEN
87
DEVELOPING A POSITIVE GAY IDENTITY WITH HIV OK AIDS
119
BECOMING GAY AS AN OLDER HOMOSEXUAL MAN
138
OPPOSING INSTITUTIONAL BIAS ANTIGAY DISCRIMINATION IN PSYCHOANALYSIS
154
NOTES
177
INDEX
197
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About the author (1997)

Richard Isay is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Cornell University Medical College and a faculty member of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is currently vice president of the National Lesbian and Gay Health Association. Isay is also the author of Being Homosexual: Gay Men and Their Development.

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