Daniel Mattson once believed he was gay. Raised in a Christian family, and aware of attractions to other boys at age six, Mattson's life was marked by constant turmoil between his faith in God and his sexual attractions. Finding the conflict between his sexual desires and the teachings of his church too great, he assumed he was gay, turned his back on God, and began a relationship with another man. Yet freedom and happiness remained elusive until he discovered Christ and his true identity. In this frank memoir, Mattson chronicles his journey to and from a gay identity, finding peace in his true identity, as a man, made in the image and likeness of God. Part autobiography, part philosophy of life, and part a practical guide in living chastely, the book draws lessons from Mattson's search for inner freedom and integrity, sharing wisdom from his failures and successes. His lifelong search for happiness and peace comes full circle in his realization that, above all else, what is true about him is that he is a beloved son of God, loved into existence by God, created for happiness in this life and the next. Mattson's book is for anyone who has ever wondered who he is, why he is here, and, in the face of suffering, where to find joy, happiness, and the peace that surpasses all understanding.
This comprehensive reader brings a social science perspective to an area hitherto dominated by the humanities. Through it, students will be able to follow the story of how sociology has come to engage with gay and lesbian issues from the 1950s to the present, from the earliest research on the underground worlds of gay men to the emergence of queer theory in the 1990s. Bringing together classic readings and the best work of younger scholars from all parts of the English-speaking world, this reader will be an invaluable resource for courses at undergraduate and graduate level in all areas of the sociology of sexuality and gender. Separate sections cover: * theoretical foundations * identity and community making * institutions and social change * challenges for the future. Each section begins with an introduction giving readers a brief guide to the readings in that section, contextualises them and relates them to one another and the book ends with an afterword by Ken Plummer summing up the present state of play and looking forward to the future.
Welcome to Clean Slate Ranch: home of tight jeans, cowboy boots, and rough trails. For some men, it’s a fantasy come true. For Colt Woods, Clean Slate Ranch is home. The dude ranch in Northern California helped him heal from a devastating breakup. So when the man who broke his heart waltzes onto the ranch, Colt doesn’t know how to deal. A research job at a nearby ghost town brings history PhD Avery Hendrix to Clean Slate. He’s not in town forever, but it doesn’t take long for him to feel the familiar draw toward Colt. When they find out they’ll be sharing a cabin on the ranch, it’s all Avery can do to stop himself from bending Colt over a saddle right then and there. In such close proximity, Colt and Avery’s old feelings come galloping back. Soon, Colt is doing Avery’s bidding again, and loving every moment of it. And the pair may be in for the ride of their lives—if the dedicated professor and his rugged cowboy can learn to trust again. Clean Slate Ranch: Book 1: Wild Trail Book 2: Roped In Book 3: Saddle Up Book 4: Lucky Break Book 5: Hard Ride Book 6: Right Move
The things happened to him and around him, the past, long before he was born, which formed the basis of his life, his thinking and feeling is brought into this book as memoire. The book narrates the situation of families affected by the Iranian Revolution, the state of a country which was once considered among the top nations in terms of economy and power in the world, then fell to the lowest level in its history. Narrating the story of his life, Amir explains the different levels of consciousness he went through, the realizations he gained and the adventures he faced. This book explains how a person who was once living and associating with the jet sets and high ranking people, was faced to live with drug addicts, convicted criminals and the most dangerous people of a society. The perils of living and dealing with different kinds of people in jail and the life after being released are trilling stories a person actually went through. Being almost ten years locked away from the society and the work atmosphere, when Amir started his normal life he had to learn all again anew: the world had changed, technology had advanced, people were different and so was he.
A lighthearted pat on the back for those gays and lesbians thinking of coming out of the closet provides a ten-step strategy filled with entertaining quizzes, cartoons, and advice. Original. 25,000 first printing.
In the post civil-rights era, youth activism has emerged to address the ways in which the social categories that young people occupy have been explicitly politicized. This dissertation draws upon comparative fieldwork, textual analysis, and in-depth interviews with youth activists working in two non-profit organizations in Oakland, California. Specifically, I explore how teenagers of color create individual and collective political identities and participate in social change in the twenty-first century. Recent attacks on affirmative action, the increasing war on drugs, and tightening measures against gangs have shaped the formation of youth identity in the last decade. This research examines how youth organize and create activist identities in light of these developments. Additionally, this work examines dominant representations of activism in U.S. public discourse that influence how people think of themselves as activists. This idealized cultural image of an activist is based on the civil rights leaders, struggles, and participants in previous social movements. This idealized definition of activism and the iconic status of previous activists dominate the activities that youth participate in. The data suggests that contemporary youth activists look up to these leaders and incorporate their teachings into their resistance strategies, organizing tools, and political identities as activists. Although the organizations differ in both their approaches and individual staff expectations, youth at the two organizations construct similar activist identities. Youth activist identities are a combination of what they learn at each organization, the idealized cultural image of activism, and their status as youth who experience both the benefits of civil rights and the backlash against those same rights. In particular, they articulate the kinds of activism in which they are involved--a micro approach based on talking to those closest to them: friends, family, and peers.
Bruce Bawer exposes the heated controversy over gay rights and presents a passionate plea for the recognition of common values, "a place at the table" for everyone.
A chilling, fascinating novel about the secret agenda of a powerful underground faction in America--from the author of Desires in Conflict. This stunning expose of the gay agenda in America today presents powerful lessons about facing potentially explosive situations with sensitivity and wisdom.
In response to the stifling socialism of the Canadian health care system and the intolerably long Canadian winters, Dr. Mel Genraich made a life-altering decision: leave Toronto for good, and seek his fortune in Houston, Texas. Little did he know that in the short space of eight years, he would be divorced from his wife and children, remarried to a native Texan (from a staunch Church of Christ family, no less), and would relocate his practice to the Texas Panhandle. Take Two Aspirins, but Don't Call Me in the Morning depicts the travels and struggles of a Canadian Jew living in an almost one-hundred percent Christian world. Genraich tells of his incredible swings of fortune and adaptation to events that change the course of his life. He chronicles his travels in America and abroad in particular, his transformational journey through Europe as a senior medical student. Brutally honest and sprinkled with his personal observations, Genraich shows that he is not afraid to be honest and controversial, traits that most in his profession decry. This is a memoir that is frank and engaging, far removed from the private enclave of the medical world and yet also a story of that world.
"The Gay Report contains the results of the first comprehensive survey of the homosexual community. In 1977, Karla Jay and Allen Young distributed several hundred thousand copies of their survey to lesbians and gay men. Over five thousand of them, between the ages of fourteen and eighty-two, from all over the United States and Canada, filled out the extensive questionnairs about their lifestyles and sexual experiences. This book tells what they said."--Publisher's description.
This book provides chemical dependency clinicians a sampling of the work being done in the fields of gay and lesbian chemical dependency to enable clinicians to provide better care for their gay and lesbian clients. After an overview of 7 research studies which examine the incidence of alcoholism and/or chemical dependency in gay and lesbian persons, the contributing authors explore the special concerns of recovering gay and lesbian addicts. Chapters focus not only on issues in the fields of gay and lesbian chemical dependency but how clinicians can use this knowledge to better care for their gay and lesbian clients. Readers will find new information on: working with HIV positive persons homophobia as a critical root in chemically dependent gays and lesbians positive changes for dysfunctional relationships common with gays and lesbians spirituality in gay and lesbian communities the special needs of the rural gay/lesbian client gay men’s groups in AA a retrospective of NALGAP resources and referrals for chemically dependent gay and lesbian persons Addiction and Recovery in Gay and Lesbian Persons assists social workers and other helping professionals working with chemically dependent clients learn more about how to adequately treat them. Gay and lesbian persons recovering from a chemical addiction will also find this book enlightening.
Transsexuals, homosexuals, lesbians, cross dressers, and transgender and intersex persons share an invisibility in their performativities in, through, and across male or female stereotypes. This book explores the pathologizing effects of binary assumptions of sex and gender, of male and female. The first section of this book presents narratives from homosexuals, lesbians, cross dressers, transsexuals, and transgender and intersex persons from a range of cultures. The second addresses ways of recognizing these marginalized groups while the third suggests reconstructing gender theory beyond the binaries to allow celebration of multidimensional and contextual gender identities.