Why I Don t Call Myself Gay

Why I Don t Call Myself Gay
Author: Daniel Mattson
Publsiher: Ignatius Press
Total Pages: 325
Release: 2017-04-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781621640721

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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.

Made for Love

Made for Love
Author: Fr. Michael Schmitz
Publsiher: Ignatius Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2018-08-22
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9781681497952

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In Made for Love, Fr. Michael Schmitz presents the Catholic teaching on same-sex attraction and same-sex "sexual" relations. He begins by giving background information regarding the different worldviews of the human person, the philosophical ideas of nature and purpose, the differences between objective and subjective truth, the principal of non- contradiction, and the fallen human nature that resulted from Original Sin. He then discusses in great detail the nature and ends of human sexuality and the nature of true love, while, in a compassionate and non-judgmental way, explaining the flawed nature of same-sex "sexual" relations. While this book is intended primarily for those who have same-sex attraction and their family and friends, its presentation of the compassionate truth of Catholic teaching on same-sex attraction will be of great benefit to everyone in today's society.

Social Perspectives in Lesbian and Gay Studies

Social Perspectives in Lesbian and Gay Studies
Author: Peter M. Nardi,Beth E. Schneider
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 640
Release: 2013-09-13
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781136219313

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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.


Author: Carolyn Cocca
Publsiher: SUNY Press
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2022
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 9780791485965

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Examines the development of statutory rape laws in the United States. The first book-length study of American statutory rape laws, Jailbait investigates the double-edged nature of legislation aimed at both protecting and punishing adolescent sexuality. Carolyn Cocca explores how, throughout the history of the United States, the regulation of sexual behavior was seized upon as a means to alleviate larger problems, be they moral, social, political, or economic. Feminists, religious conservatives, and legislators, each with their own agendas, have at times both conflicted and cooperated over legislation, leading to uneasy compromises that play out in the ways in which the laws are implemented today. Using both detailed case studies and quantitative analysis, Jailbait examines important changes made to statutory rape laws since the 1970s, including prosecutions under the laws. Among the more surprising findings is that changes to statutory rape laws were sometimes made in opposition to prevailing public opinion, contrary to previous studies that have asserted morality policy is especially responsive to public opinion.

Soulfully Gay

Soulfully Gay
Author: Joe Perez
Publsiher: Shambhala Publications
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2007-05-08
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781590304181

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Soulfully Gay is a personal memoir of an intellectually rigorous gay man wrestling with fundamental issues of meaning and self-acceptance. Joe Perez finds himself on a quest to understand what it means to be gay at the intersection of conflicts between homosexuality and Christianity, faith and skepticism, mysticism and madness. His journey unfolds amid challenges to his health as a recovering addict, a survivor of a psychotic episode, and a man living with AIDS. Joe is able to integrate seemingly contradictory elements—his Roman Catholic upbringing versus his openly gay lifestyle, his authentic mystical experiences versus the delusions for which he was hospitalized. With a solid understanding of theology and an ability to see through the veils of political correctness, Joe brings a new level of intellect and understanding to the challenges of being a gay man.

Roped In

Roped In
Author: A.M. Arthur
Publsiher: Carina Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2020-08-10
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780369702722

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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

Taboo Village A Perspective On Being Gay In Black America

Taboo Village  A Perspective On Being Gay In Black America
Author: Sampson McCormick
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 155
Release: 2010
Genre: African American gay men
ISBN: 9780557472888

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"Being an open and self affirming African American homosexual man or woman, in many ways, challenges the notion that you cannot live without overcoming certain struggles that exist in society, religion, family and self. This book seeks to address those issues and affirm all readers." --

Single Gay Christian

Single  Gay  Christian
Author: Gregory Coles
Publsiher: InterVarsity Press
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2017-08-22
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780830890934

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In an age where neither society nor the church knows what to do with gay Christians, Greg Coles shares his story—a story about a boy in love with Jesus who, at the fateful onset of puberty, realized his sexual attractions were persistently and exclusively for other guys. This honest, hopeful account shows life through one man's eyes and assures all people: "You are not a mistake."

The Development of a Latino Gay Identity

The Development of a Latino Gay Identity
Author: Bernardo C. Garcia
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 136
Release: 2014-01-09
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781317733270

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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Our Caribbean

Our Caribbean
Author: Thomas Glave
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 405
Release: 2008
Genre: Literary Collections
ISBN: 082234226X

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The first book of its kind, Our Caribbean is an anthology of lesbian and gay writing from across the Antilles. The author and activist Thomas Glave has gathered outstanding fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and poetry by little-known writers together with selections by internationally celebrated figures such as José Alcántara Almánzar, Reinaldo Arenas, Dionne Brand, Michelle Cliff, Audre Lorde, Achy Obejas, and Assotto Saint. The result is an unprecedented literary conversation on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experiences throughout the Caribbean and its far-flung diaspora. Many selections were originally published in Spanish, Dutch, or creole languages; some are translated into English here for the first time. The thirty-seven authors hail from the Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Vincent, St. Kitts, Suriname, and Trinidad. Many have lived outside the Caribbean, and their writing depicts histories of voluntary migration as well as exile from repressive governments, communities, and families. Many pieces have a political urgency that reflects their authors' work as activists, teachers, community organizers, and performers. Desire commingles with ostracism and alienation throughout: in the evocative portrayals of same-sex love and longing, and in the selections addressing religion, family, race, and class. From the poem “Saturday Night in San Juan with the Right Sailors” to the poignant narrative “We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?” to an eloquent call for the embrace of difference that appeared in the Nassau Daily Tribune on the eve of an anti-gay protest, Our Caribbean is a brave and necessary book. Contributors: José Alcántara Almánzar, Aldo Alvarez, Reinaldo Arenas, Rane Arroyo, Jesús J. Barquet, Marilyn Bobes, Dionne Brand, Timothy S. Chin, Michelle Cliff, Wesley E. A. Crichlow, Mabel Rodríguez Cuesta, Ochy Curiel, Faizal Deen, Pedro de Jesús, R. Erica Doyle, Thomas Glave, Rosamond S. King, Helen Klonaris, Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, Audre Lorde, Shani Mootoo, Anton Nimblett, Achy Obejas, Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Virgilio Piñera, Patricia Powell, Kevin Everod Quashie, Juanita Ramos, Colin Robinson, Assotto Saint, Andrew Salkey, Lawrence Scott, Makeda Silvera, H. Nigel Thomas, Rinaldo Walcott, Gloria Wekker, Lawson Williams

Sing You Home

Sing You Home
Author: Jodi Picoult
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2011-03-01
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781439149713

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From the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author whom USA TODAY calls a “master of the page-turner,” comes the spectacular story of a woman’s complex quest to form a family. Every life has a soundtrack. All you have to do is listen. Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. There’s the melody that reminds her of the summer she spent rubbing baby oil on her stomach in pursuit of the perfect tan. A dance beat that makes her think of using a fake ID to slip into a nightclub. A dirge that marked the years she spent trying to get pregnant. For better or for worse, music is the language of memory. It is also the language of love. In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When an unexpected friendship slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people—even those she loves and trusts most—don’t want that to happen. Sing You Home is about identity, love, marriage, and parenthood. It’s about people wanting to do the right thing for the greater good, even as they work to fulfill their own personal desires and dreams. And it’s about what happens when the outside world brutally calls into question the very thing closest to our hearts: family.

Four and a half Dialogues on Homosexuality and the Bible

Four  and a half  Dialogues on Homosexuality and the Bible
Author: Donald J. Zeyl
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 170
Release: 2022-02-07
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9781666715026

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Four (and a half) Dialogues on Homosexuality and the Bible explores four different interpretive approaches to biblical texts regarding homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Differences of interpretation are discussed openly, honestly, and charitably. The dialogues’ four characters maintain friendship with each other despite their disagreements, and so the book serves as a model of how difficult, potentially divisive conversations on a controversial topic might be conducted. Three of the four perspectives presented for examination are well represented in the existing literature; the fourth is not as familiar and is offered and developed as a proposal for bridging the divide that persists among theologically conservative Christians who honor the authority of Scripture over their thinking and their living. Ongoing conflict over this issue is destructive of the unity toward which the Bible summons all believers to strive, and so the book includes also a call to create space for one another—both individually and institutionally—for differences in theological conclusions and in community practices. Each of the dialogues begins with one of the characters telling their personal story regarding their sexuality, continues with that character’s case for their view, and concludes with a series of suggested discussion questions.

What are we fighting for

What are we fighting for
Author: Andreana Clay
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2004
Genre: Electronic Book

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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.

Telling Truths in Church

Telling Truths in Church
Author: Mark D. Jordan
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2016-01-12
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780807010495

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Is the reform we have seen in the wake of the pedophilia scandals in the Catholic Church meaningful? Have our conversations about the causes of these scandals delved as deeply as they need to? For those questioning the relations between hierarchical power, secrecy, and sexuality in institutional religion, Mark D. Jordan's eloquent meditations on what truths about sexuality need to be told in church-and the difficulty of telling any truths-will be a balm and a revelation.

Older Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans People

Older Lesbian  Gay  Bisexual and Trans People
Author: Andrew King,Kathryn Almack,Yiu-Tung Suen,Sue Westwood
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 218
Release: 2018-10-10
Genre: Health & Fitness
ISBN: 9781317241102

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What does it mean to grow older as a lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (LGBT) person? What gaps in knowledge about LGBT ageing remain? This timely and innovative book reports on a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council which aimed to address gaps in knowledge about older LGBT people and their experiences of ageing. The book discusses the project and contains chapters either specially commissioned or written by leading researchers and activists in the field. Informed by a range of theoretical perspectives, empirical research studies, critical observations as well as lived experiences, this book explores areas of LGBT ageing that have been under-studied. These include: bisexual ageing; trans ageing and older trans people’s mental health; ethnicity, culture and religion in the lives of older LGBT people and gaps in knowledge about older LGBT people from minority ethnic communities; intergenerational networks; residential and end-of-life care; and the effects of austerity on services. Written in an accessible style, this book is essential for researchers and policy makers interested in the lives of older LGBT people, people who work with older people and teachers and students interested in ageing, gender identity and sexuality.