40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing up Gay in America

Book - 2008 | 1st ed.
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A mental health crisis faces American teens right now--and it is one we can solve. Hundreds of thousands of gay teens face traumatic depression, fear, rejection, persecution, and isolation--usually alone. Studies show they are 190% more likely to use drugs or alcohol and four times more likely to attempt suicide. Homophobia and discrimination are at the heart of their pain. Love, support, and acceptance--all within our power to give--can save them. This book is for clergy, parents, educators, and politicians who may not realize the harm their words and actions can cause, as well as for supportive parents of gay teens; teens navigating this difficult time; and fair-minded people who want to help end the harm. Here are revealing stories by forty diverse Americans, plus insights from straight clergy and parents explaining their support of gay people as whole human beings guaranteed equal rights by our Constitution.--From publisher description.
Publisher: Austin, TX : Greenleaf Book Group Press, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781929774104
Branch Call Number: 306.7660973 CRISI
Characteristics: xxviii, 369 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gold, Mitchell
Drucker, Mindy


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Apr 19, 2012

I read this as research for a special project. The stories of people coming out become a little formulatic/repetitive after a while, and one thread that ties them together is the bravery that all the individuals have had to conjure up - to simply be who they are. in that sense it is quite inspiring.

there is an excellent essay at the back of the book on Rev. Dr. H. Stephen Shoemaker, which walks the reader through biblical passages which seem to condemn homosexuality and provides explanations for why they may have been misinterpreted by translation issues and out of their initial context. I actually found this quite interesting & was somewhat convinced that these passages have been misused - their intended meaning is by no means clearly to classify homosexuality as a sin. this essay is a 5/5 piece, and makes the entire book worth picking up. This essay is something I hope to share with some religious people I know who believe homosexuality is incompatible with their faith. Hopefully it will open their eyes.

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