Breaking Out II: The Complete Guide to Building a Positive LGBTI Identity

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Insomniac Press, Apr 1, 2012 - Social Science - 482 pages
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Following on the heels of the first edition, Breaking Out II expands its coverage by including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals. While some societies have become more tolerant and accepting of sexual and gender diversity, LGBTI people continue to suffer psychological damage caused by growing up in largely heterosexist, homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic milieus. How can LGBTI individuals learn to love themselves when many or most of the signals society sends out denigrate their very being? Dr. Kevin Alderson has developed a method of building a positive LGBTI identity based on extensive research and the best of what we know about self-help psychology.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
11
INTRODUCTION
21
CHAPTER 1 Internalized Homophobia and BiphobiaPutting the Enemy to Sleep
39
CHAPTER 2 SelfEsteem SelfAcceptance and Body ImageLearning to Like Yourself
55
CHAPTER 3 Minimization and DenialBreaking the Secret to Yourself
71
CHAPTER 4 Compartmentalization and FragmentationReclaiming Your Self
87
CHAPTER 5 StereotypingRelinquishing the Lies That Haunt You
102
CHAPTER 6 Conformity and PassivityReleasing Your Personal Power
118
CHAPTER 20 Learning Gender and PassingThe Art of Acting Male or Female
329
CHAPTER 21 Special Disclosure IssuesI Am Who I Say I Am
342
CHAPTER 22 Fetishistic Crossdressing IndividualsBut Its More Than a Fetish
356
CHAPTER 23 Internal Aspects of Being an LGB Adolescent
371
CHAPTER 24 External Aspects of Being an LGB Adolescent
386
CHAPTER 25 Internal Aspects of Being a TTI Adolescent
403
CHAPTER 26 External Aspects of Being a TTI Adolescent
414
CONCLUSION
428

CHAPTER 7 Spirituality and ReligionUnderstanding Unconditional Love
132
CHAPTER 8 Internalized TransphobiaKilling the Demon Inside
149
CHAPTER 9 Transgender and Intersex SelfEsteemSelfAcceptance and Body ImageAccepting Reflections From a Warped Mirror
161
CHAPTER 10 Peace of MindLearning to Become Mindful and Contented
175
CHAPTER 11 LGB BelongingFinding a Community
191
CHAPTER 12 Developing FriendshipsConnections That Count
205
CHAPTER 13 Finding a PartnerThe Art of Successful Dating
219
CHAPTER 14 Having Great SexExplosions Do Not Need to be Violent
235
CHAPTER 15 Keeping a PartnerCreating Sustainable Relationships
249
CHAPTER 16 Trans and Intersex BelongingFinding a Supportive TTI Community
269
CHAPTER 17 Trans and Intersex PartneringFrom Dating to Maintaining Relationships
282
CHAPTER 18 Disclosing To NonFamilyBreaking the Silence
299
CHAPTER 19 Disclosing to FamilyBreaking Out of the Family Closet
312
APPENDIX A How Do I Know If I Have a Homosexual orBisexual Orientation?
432
APPENDIX B Should I Identify as Gay Lesbian or Bisexual?
443
APPENDIX C How Do I Know If I Have Gender Dysphoria?
445
APPENDIX D Should I Identify as a Transsexual Individual?
447
APPENDIX E LGBTI Safety Concerns
449
APPENDIX F Disclosing Your LGBTI Identity at Work
451
APPENDIX G Preventing or Living with HIV and AIDS
453
APPENDIX H Choosing a Therapist
456
APPENDIX I Internet Resources SelfHelp Groupsand LGBTI Organizations
459
APPENDIX J Recommended Readings
465
REFERENCES
468
back cover
483
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Dr. Kevin Alderson is an associate professor of counselling psychology at the University of Calgary. His areas of research interest include human sexuality and LGBTI studies. Throughout his twenty-six years as a practicing psychologist, he has counselled hundreds of clients with LGBTI identities. Dr. Alderson is the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. His published books in the area of LGBTI psychology include Counseling LGBTI Clients (Sage Publications) and Beyond Coming Out, Breaking Out, and Same-Sex Marriage (Insomniac Press). Visit him at www.kevinalderson.ca.

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