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Coming Out and other gay/trans issues

Coming Out -- An Act of Love by Rob Eichberg, Ph.D.

Taking responsibility for your life is the first step in moving forward and changing the world inside and around you. This book, written for both men and women, is a step-by-step guide to understanding and accepting your homosexuality and dealing with others' reaction to it. Using clear, empathetic, and direct language, Eichberg, a trained psychotherapist, explains in detail how coming out radically alters self-perception and your relationships with others. Using examples from his own practice and letters from gay people to their mothers, fathers, siblings, and friends, Eichberg puts a positive, forceful, but gentle face on the process of coming out and the complications that it sometimes raises.  Description from Amazon.com.

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The Shared Heart : Portraits and Stories Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young People by Adam Mastoon

Tired of closets, tired of pretending, they finally say "Look at me! I am gay (or lesbian, transgendered, bisexual, or just plain queer) ... deal with it." The Shared Heart is a moving portrait of brave, funny, and deliciously normal young people who happen to be gay. They tell about their lives in pictures, stories, and hand-written text--a format that allows each to burst from the page and land in our hearts. Readers who are gay, straight, or in between will be inspired by this loving portrait of young people courageous enough to talk about coming out, being accepted, and accepting themselves.  Description from Amazon.com

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Coming Out to ParentsComing Out to Parents: A Two-Way Survival Guide for Lesbians and Gay Men and Their Parents by Mary V. Borhek

Written by the mother of a gay son, this book explores the coming out process as experienced by both the gay child and the parents. It relates the difficult and often very painful experience of growing up in a Christian home and recognizing one's innate homosexuality, which seems to be at odds with that faith.  Helpful and down-to-earth.  This is the revised and updated version, published in 1993.

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Coming Out as Parents Coming Out As Parents: You and Your Homosexual Child by David K. Switzer

This book helps parents of homosexuals understand their feeling and reactions to that knowledge and clarifies what it means to be homosexual. Synopsis from Amazon.com.


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My Child Is Gay : How Parents React When They Hear the News by Bryce McDougall

From the author:
My Child is Gay
is fifty parents sharing how they coped and in some cases did not cope with news that their son or daughter is gay. Parents discuss how they felt when they first found out, what they found helpful, who they could talk to, and how they feel today. My Child is Gay is invaluable for the parent who may have only recently found out, or for the parent who simply doesn't understand. The book also gives the gay person insight into possible reactions from their parents.

Some of the stories will make you laugh, some might fill you with anger and others overwhelm you with pride. It bridges gaps, promotes awareness and reinforces how powerful love can be.

My parents are very religious and I guess it was their inability to accept my homosexuality that motivated me to put My Child is Gay together. They still don't accept homosexuality, but we have managed to find a way to get on with life and love.

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Coming Out Every Day Coming Out Every Day : A Gay, Bisexual, and Questioning Man's Guide  by Brett K. Johnson, Ph. D.

A practicing gay psychologist helps men struggling with their sexual orientation come to terms with themselves and with coming out. Johnson sensitively leads the questioning man through an admittedly challenging process of self-assessment, offering a wealth of suggestions for finding support, developing strategies for coming out to others, and building healthy new relationships with families, friends, lovers and partners. Description from Amazon.com.

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Coming Out of Shame: Transforming Gay and Lesbian Lives by Gershen Kaufman and Lev Raphael

This book exposes the role shame has come to play in the lives of gay men and lesbians. The authors break the silence surrounding gay and lesbian experience so that individuals can "come out" of shame and begin a path toward personal growth and acceptance. Description from Amazon.com.

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On Being GayOn Being Gay: Thoughts on Family, Faith, and Love by Brian McNaught

McNaught provides a look -- sometimes humorous, sometimes touching,  always insightful -- at such concerns as whether or not to come out, maintaining ties with family, building love relationships that last, dealing with God, AIDS and more. Synopsis from Amazon.com.

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