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Unashamed: a coming-out guide for LGBTQ Christians

Unashamed: a coming-out guide for LGBTQ Christians

Unashamed serves as a guide for Christians considering coming out, tackling tough subject matters such as demolishing internalized homophobia, finding an affirming faith community, reestablishing your worth as a child of God, navigating difficult family conversations (especially in cases where family is involved in church leadership/ministry), and healing from the pain of rejection. Unashamed encourages LGBTQ Christians to embrace their unique identities and to celebrate the diversity placed inside them by God. 

Coming Out: the new dynamics

Coming Out: the new dynamics

Nicholas Guittar draws on deeply personal interviews with young people to enhance our understanding of "coming out," revealing the changing dynamics of sexual identity. Guittar explores how mainstream norms continue to assert their influence over those with nonnormative sexualities. He also highlights the wide spectrum of coming out experiences. His important work sheds light on why, even though fewer people may remain closeted today than in the past, coming out is not a one-time event, but a lifetime process.

Sexual Intimacy for Women: a guide for same-sex couples

Sexual Intimacy for Women: a guide for same-sex couples

Sexual Intimacy for Women helps female couples examine the emotional, physical, and psychological aspects of their relationships, with the goal of creating more intimacy. Exercises and client-based anecdotes from Dr. Corwin’s years of experience with same-sex couples help women overcome common issues around orgasm, body image, identity, aging, and parenthood. Dr. Corwin dispels myths, examines the intricacies of female desire, and gives advice to help couples achieve long-lasting, healthy, and fulfilling relationships.

Gay Men Choosing Parenthood

Gay Men Choosing Parenthood

This book reveals how very natural and possible gay parenthood can be. What factors influence this decision? How do the experiences of gay dads compare to those of heterosexual men? How effectively do professional services such as support groups serve gay fathers and prospective gay fathers? What elements of the social climate are helpful―and hurtful? Gay Men Choosing Parenthood challenges a great deal of misinformation, showing how gay fathers from different backgrounds adapted, perceived, and constructed their options and their families.

Homophobia: the state of sexual bigotry today

Homophobia: the state of sexual bigotry today

The author takes us across sites in America - from city streets to hospitals, schools, broadcast stations, and churches to police departments―showing how homophobia is still very much alive. While the problem may be less acute it is still chronic, and while it may not take as many lives, it ruins perhaps even more, he explains. Homophobia is a phenomenon that in significant respects parallels mental illness, adds the psychiatrist. Education alone will not stem the homophobic tide. We also need to uncover and treat the psychoneurotic dimension of homohatred. 

Aging With HIV: a gay man's guide

Aging With HIV: a gay man's guide

The book describes the nine changes common to gay men as they age with HIV, discusses the four challenges of aging, and offers a unique ten-step path to optimal aging with HIV, helping the reader to tailor the book's suggestions to the realities of their lives. Woven throughout the book are first-person narratives from men who recount what worked--and did not work--for them. In addition, Rapid Research, Fast Fact, and Self-Reflection boxes highlight the latest research and challenge readers to take stock of the present--and plan for the future.

The End of Straight Supremacy: realizing gay liberation

The End of Straight Supremacy: realizing gay liberation

This book presents a cohesive theory of gay life under straight domination. Beginning with a critique of formal equality law, centering on the 'like-straight' demands of liberal equality theory as highlighted in Lawrence v. Texas, the author moves to criticize the gay movement itself, challenging the assimilation politics behind the movement's blithe acceptance of discrimination in the guise of free speech and pornography in the name of sexual liberation, as well as same-sex marriage and transsexuality as tools of straight hegemony.

Black Gay Man: essays

Black Gay Man: essays

This book is a celebration of black gay male identity as well as a powerful critique of the structures that allow for the production of that identity.  Written as a bold and nuanced attempt to question prevailing ideas about community, desire, politics and culture.

Books available at Evelyn S. Field Library

Books on the LGBTQ community and issues can be found in the library collection upstairs in the following sections:
HQ76  This section covers issues of marriage and family life for the LGBTQ community.
HQ77  This section focuses on issues of being transgender.
 
Marriage and Health : the well-being of same-sex couples

Marriage and Health : the well-being of same-sex couples

This collection of essays presents new perspectives that address current opportunities and challenges faced by people in same-sex unions in multiple domains of well-being, including physical and mental health, social support, socialized behaviors, and stigmas. The book offers a broad view of same-sex couples' experiences by examining not only marriage and civil unions, but also dating and cohabiting relationships as well as same-sex sexual experiences outside of relationships.

The Testosterone Files: my hormonal and social transformation from female to male

The Testosterone Files: my hormonal and social transformation from female to male

Max Wolf Valerio's observations about transitioning from a lesbian to a heterosexual male both challenge and confirm our assumptions about gender. As Valerio undergoes the physical and emotional changes associated with testosterone treatment, he is intrigued by his eye-opening discoveries about the nature of masculinity and femininity. 

The Children of Harvey Milk

The Children of Harvey Milk

The gay rights movement has achieved social transformation at a dizzying pace, upending conventional views on sex, love, marriage, the family, and equality itself. While most scholars understand the movement as a broad-based social movement and the author argues that the most important catalyst of gay rights is  openly gay politicians who brought about a more positive attitude towards homosexuality, both among other politicians and the general public. This book tells the epic stories of courageous men and women around the world who came forward to make their voices heard during the struggle for equal rights. 

Whipping Girl

Whipping Girl

Biologist and trans woman Julie Serano reveals a unique perspective on femininity, masculinity, and gender identity.  A provocative manifesto, Whipping Girl tells the powerful story of Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist. Serano shares her experiences and observations-both pre- and post-transition-to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.

The Complete Guide to Gay and Lesbian Manners

The Complete Guide to Gay and Lesbian Manners

This book is encyclopedic in its approach and is filled with practical wisdom, lively wit, and much insight, It covers everything: from coming out to being out in the workplace; from dealing with the joy and complexity of same-sex weddings and commitment ceremonies (including how to propose and write meaningful vows) to handling the legal paperwork every couple needs. 

Transgender Health Issues

Transgender Health Issues

Transgender individuals face unique challenges when it comes to their physical, psychological, and social health and well-being. This accessible reference investigates these concerns in depth, offering readers insights into topics such as discrimination and access to health care. 

Expanding the Rainbow: exploring the relationships of Bi+, polyamorous, kinky, ace, intersex, and trans people

Expanding the Rainbow: exploring the relationships of Bi+, polyamorous, kinky, ace, intersex, and trans people

This book is a collection of research on the relationships of people who identify as bi+, poly, kinky, asexual, intersex, and/or trans that is written to be accessible to an undergraduate audience. The volume highlights a diverse range of identities, relationship structures, and understandings of bodies, sexualities, and interpersonal relationships. 

Queer Media Images

Queer Media Images

Queer Media Images: LGBT Perspectives presents fifteen chapters that address how the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered communities are depicted in the media. 

The Marrying Kind?

The Marrying Kind?

As the fight for same-sex marriage rages across the United States and lesbian and gay couples rush to marriage license counters, the goal of marriage is still fiercely questioned within the LGBT movement.  This book draws on empirical research to examine the debates and how they are affecting marriage equality campaigns. 

The Gay Revolution

The Gay Revolution

The fight for gay, lesbian and trans civil rights is the most important civil rights issue of the present day. Based on rigorous research and more than 150 interviews, The Gay Revolution tells this unfinished story not through dry facts but through dramatic accounts of passionate struggles.  

Gay Fathers, Their Children and the Making of Kinship

Gay Fathers, Their Children and the Making of Kinship

Based on ten years of fieldwork among gay families living in the rural, suburban, and urban area of the eastern United States, the author presents a meticulously argued ethnography of gay men and the families they have formed. 

Transgender Cinema

Transgender Cinema

Transgender Cinema gives readers the big picture of how trans people have been depicted on screen. 

Queer Game Studies

Queer Game Studies

Video games have developed into a rich, growing field at many top universities, but they have rarely been considered from a queer perspective. Immersion in new worlds, video games seem to offer the perfect opportunity to explore the alterity that queer culture longs for, but often sexism and discrimination in gamer culture steal the spotlight. Queer Game Studies provides a welcome corrective, revealing the capacious albeit underappreciated communities that are making, playing, and studying queer games.