Breaking Out: The Complete Guide to Building a Positive Gay Identity for Men and Women
Although society is becoming more tolerant of gay people, and even accepting of them in some places, gay people continue to suffer psychological damage caused by growing up in largely homophobic societies. How can gay people learn to love themselves when most of the signals society sends out denigrate their very being? Dr. Kevin Alderson has developed a method of building a positive gay identity based on extensive research and years of successful use of self-help psychology in his own practice.
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The Art of Successful Dating
Having Great Sex
Creating Sustainable Relationships
Breaking the Silence
Breaking Out of the Family Closet
The Inside of Being a Gay Adolescent
The Outside of Being a Gay Adolescent
Breaking Out Around the World
The Joy of Being Gay
Friendships That Count
Appendix A How Do I Know If I Am Gay? 228 Appendix B Choosing a Therapist
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