This book is a valuable resource that combines autobiographical sources, personal interviews, and questions for reflection to explore issues relevant to everyone's sexual orientation and gender status, be they heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or intersexual. Its readily accessible format assists individuals, study groups, civic groups, spiritual groups, or congregations create an open forum for the discussion of sexuality. It is helpful for personal journaling and sharing with relatives and friends, and is also very useful as a college text, therapy supplement, and as a catalyst for group discussions regarding gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues; gay rights; the coming-out process; and gay marriage.
Sara L. Boesser is an Alaskan human rights advocate. Boesser earned a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction to the Author Chapter 4 Part One: The Personal Price of Silence: What Are the Personal Costs for Individuals Who Pass as Heterosexual?: Secret Lives: The Veil of Silence; What is the Price for Children Who Realize They Are "Different"?; What is Passing's Price as Individua Chapter 5 Part Two: The Fabric of Our Lives: What Are the Costs to Society?: What Are the Ripple Effects When People Pass? How do the Societal Pressures that Demand Passing Hurt Everyone? Chapter 6 Conclusion: Silent No More: The Personal; The Political; Beyond Silence; Everyone Can Come Out, A-Z Chapter 7 Contact Information: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG); Bisexual Resource Center; Transgender: The International Foundation for Gender Education(IFGE); Intersex Society of North American (ISNA); Straight Spouse Network (SSN) Chapter 8 Endnotes Chapter 9 Reference Chapter 10 Index Chapter 11 About the Author