Family Outing

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St. Martin's Press, Oct 1, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 259 pages
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In Family Outing Chastity weaves her own dramatic story into those of other gays and lesbians to illustrate the phases, pitfalls, and rewards of coming out. We hear how gays and lesbians often feel indescribably "different" when they are quite young, how they come to recognize and explore that difference in themselves and then deal, in various ways, with parents' reactions, those of friends and coworkers, and their own unearthed homophobia. Ultimately, we learn how enormously empowering the whole process can be. While Family Outing provides sensible, helpful advice to gays and lesbians who are thinking about coming out, it is also an important primer for parents. We hear parents talk about their difficult - but ultimately successful and satisfying - journey through their part of the coming-out experience. And in conversations with Chastity, Cher tells her side of the story, relating her suspicion, denial, confrontation, and eventual acceptance of her daughter's sexual orientation. Practical, revealing, and utterly necessary, Family Outing is a guide like no other.
 

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People who pick up this book expecting a lot of juicy gossip about Chastity Bono's famous parents are going to be disappointed. Instead, Bono takes an honest look at the painful process of coming out ... Read full review

Contents

When We Were Young
3
Personal Best
27
Birds Do It Bees Do It
52
The Time Bomb
78
Navigating the Reactions
101
Beneath the Surf ace
119
Three Steps Forward One Step Back
146
The Final Frontier
176
Part Two Parents Come Out
185
The Struggle Begins
187
You Are Still Who You Always Were
206
Weeding the Garden
224
So This Is Your Journey
244
Epilogue
257
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Chastity Bono is the entertainment and media director of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). In 1996 she became the National Coming Out Project spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay and lesbian political organization. Chastity Bono was born in Los Angeles on March 4, 1969 to the entertainers Sonny and Cher. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in New York and spend a year at New York University. Bono was a writer and spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, and also became the Entertainment Media Director for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. She currently writes for The Advocate. Bono wrote Family Outing, a book about the hardships and rewards of being gay in today's society. Bono lives in Los Angeles.

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