For centuries, organized religion has been a main force behind the prejudice and rejection of the LGBT community. Members of this community have struggled with the conflicts of being both religious and gay, but many are beginning to find support and inclusion. Learn about how the world’s major religious traditions view homosexuality and how many have grown to accept LGBT people as they are.
While homophobia and hate crimes seem to be new social and political issues, the fear and hatred of gay people has been present throughout history. Despite the many advances made by the LGBT community, homophobia continues to run rampant. Learn about the plight of LGBT people and explore ways young people—straight and gay—can work together to end the hatred and create a better future for all.
The degree of acceptance for the LGBT community varies considerably in different countries. As gay men and women from around the world share their personal stories and experiences, learn about the changing cultural attitudes and the national policies held from country to country regarding the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
The LGBT community's history is one of pride in the midst of prejudice, oppression, and misunderstanding. Seeing the development of the LGBT identity and community over time, a person is stuck by the bravery of individual LGBT people and the community itself in its struggle for acceptance by society. This book catalogues the history that is the LGBT community's fight for freedom and visibility.
Taking a look at the various theories of the origins of homosexuality, this book delves into the center of the LGBT struggle for civil rights and acceptance by society. While for centuries homosexuality was considered a mental illness, gay people today have the evidence of scientific research and the benefit of their community’s decades-long fight for acceptance to prove they deserve equality.
Is it possible to be born in the wrong body? Explore the answer to this question with an in-depth look at what it means to be transgender, based on the personal experiences of the men and women who have taken steps to transition. These experiences help uncover the reality of this often misunderstood group.
“That’s so gay!” The words we use every day have power and can easily have a negative impact on life. This book considers common stereotypes of the LGBT community, explores where they come from and what they mean, and lets you decide if they are actually valid. Find out about informational resources and how young people are taking action in their communities to combat crude stereotypes.
Thousands of LGBT people feel misunderstood and trapped in a world of people who judge them. Many of these people falsely think that their only choice is to end their life. This book explores some of the factors that lead to mental health issues for gay people, and examines steps that can be taken to help reduce or eliminate these threats.
A balanced, nutritional diet and exercise are necessary for everyone, gay or straight. But LGBT people have additional health concerns that are important to remember. This book covers many health issues in the gay community that affect people of all ages, including AIDS and teen pregnancy, as well as external health issues such as drug and alcohol abuse.
LGBT people of color may face discrimination from within their own racial community because of their sexual orientation, and also from their LGBT peers through racism. Learn about the complicated health and personal issues faced by those in this situation, and find out how role models help the community by providing successful representations of LGBT people of color.
For each individual, the experience of coming out and openly acknowledging oneself as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is very different. This book catalogues the personal coming-out experiences of various LGBT people, while spreading the word about organizations that provide support to people whose loved ones are coming out.
From tiny stages in art house theaters to Oscar-winning big-screen performances, LGBT characters have become increasingly more common in mainstream entertainment. This book explores how theater productions, films, and television shows have changed through time to become more inclusive of LGBT characters and issues, allowing people to develop new attitudes about the gay and lesbian community.
Most people have at least one person to look up to and use as a model for their own life. But many of those who are a part of the LGBT community lack someone to relate to. This book features the lives and actions of various prominent gay and lesbian role models, including Bishop Eugene Robinson, comedian Ellen DeGeneres and late politician Harvey Milk.
From the early twentieth century views of LGBT people to the 1969 Stonewall riots, this book offers an overview of some of the issues the LGBT community has faced in the United States. The book also offers a closer look at three of the major issues faced by the LGBT community in America today: gay marriage, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy, and prejudice in the workplace.
This educational book, intended for young adult readers, examines the history of the LGBT community in America from its roots in the free-thinking seaport cities of the 1800s, through the social revolution of World War II, the early activists of the 1950s, the “gay pride” movements of the 1970s, the AIDS crisis, and the mainstreaming of LGBT communities of the present day.
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