"The advice is solid... the books are easy to read, up-to-date, and include personal stories that many readers will relate to."
"Intended for a young audience in the stages of emerging sexuality, this series is useful for both straight and LGBT teenagers. For straight teens, it creates a window into the LGBT experience and the challenges the community faces, and for LGBT teens, it provides answers to the kinds of questions they are asking themselves, helping them to understand themselves better and realize that they are not alone." "Overall, it is a good basic resource for libraries that want to provide information about the LGBT community to young people." "The books have tremendous potential to help gay, lesbian, and transgender young adults learn about themselves. They can also educate others who may be ignorant of LGBT culture and the struggle of gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals to find acceptance in modern society."
"...Accessible overview uses numerous examples, past and present, to show how the depiction of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) characters in the entertainment industry affects popular culture and has helped push growing acceptance into the mainstream." "...The book features an open, inviting format, and portraits, reproduced posters, and short profiles of famous GLBT stars, from Oscar Wilde to Ellen DeGeneres, add to the title's browsability. Each chapter includes lists of recommended books and Web sites, and a long bibliography concludes." "...This short introduction to homosexuality and religion offers younger teens an objective and thoughtful look at a controversial issue."
Young people "coming out" as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LBGT) in the twenty-first century are being welcomed into a community that is proud, diverse, and vibrant! This book 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. It is a story of courage in the face of oppression, a demand for civil rights, and people making meaningful and authentic lives for themselves-and having fun, too. LGBT people today are the heirs of the hopes and dreams and hard work of past generations. This is an exciting and inspirational story of an American minority group that is still fighting for full acceptance in contemporary society.
A balanced, nutritious diet and exercise are necessary for everyone, gay or straight. But lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have additional health concerns. From AIDS infection to teen pregnancy, health issues in the gay community affect people of all ages. Learn about how issues of poor self-esteem and even self-loathing can contribute to such health risks as sexually transmitted diseases, drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco use, and depression. Find out how stereotyped images of ultra-thin models contribute to eating disorders and feelings of isolation. Most importantly, learn how LGBT people can lead healthy and productive lives by respecting themselves and each other.
Boys who play with Barbie dolls. Girls who join the football team. What is gender? What are gender roles? What's the difference between being a tomboy and being transgender? Is it possible to be in the wrong body? Explore the answers to these questions 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. Learn from the experiences of transgender young people who make the significant choice to live openly as another gender while still in high school. Uncover the reality of this often-misunderstood group and how it fits into the gay community.
Who do you look up to? Most people have a role model-someone who represents the person they want to be more like, who represents the characteristics they value. Athletes, celebrities, parents, politicians, religious leaders, and even friends can be role models. But many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people don't see people they can relate to in their families, schools, or churches. That makes it so much more important to recognize the contributions of the gay and lesbian role models in the forefront of popular culture today. Learn more about some of the most admired gay and lesbian role models, including the late politician Harvey Milk, Bishop Gene Robinson, Congressman Barney Frank, comedian Ellen DeGeneres, and former NBA player John Amaechi. By taking a stand as leaders in the community, they became role models to LGBT people of all ages around the world.
For centuries, organized religion has been one of the main forces of prejudice and rejection of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. But the fact is, not all religious traditions are unfriendly to LGBT people, and some old ways of reading the Bible are being re-examined in new and welcoming ways. While many LGBT people struggle with the conflicts of being both religious and gay, many others are finding support and inclusion in religious communities that have entered the twenty-first century committed to the full inclusion of LGBT people. Learn about how the world's major religious traditions-Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism-view homosexuality, and how faithful LGBT people within these traditions deal with the issues they face. Examine some of the reasons why some religious groups continue to condemn homosexuality and reject LGBT people. And discover that many religions have always had a place for gay and lesbian people in their communities, and how others are working hard to create that place.
News media, television, music, and films are filled with images of gay and lesbian people today. But how did gay people reach this point of visibility and growing acceptance? Explore the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the United States, from the horrifying medical treatments of the early 20th century to the 1969 Stonewall riots to the international LGBT movement for equality. Then take a closer look at three of the most relevant issues facing LGBT people today. Learn what the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy of the American military really looks like to women and men in the armed forces. Share the personal experiences of couples affected by laws banning gay marriage and people who have been victims of workplace discrimination.
Why would a young, beautiful, talented country music star want to end her life? It seems like a mystery to most people, but before coming out, that's exactly what openly gay singer Chely Wright wanted to do. And thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have felt the same way. Discover some of the factors that lead to mental health issues for gay people, and find out steps that can be taken to help reduce or eliminate these threats. Take advantage of groups such as the Trevor Project and other organizations aimed at helping young LGBT people and their friends make positive choices about their mental health.
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