Polari is a secret form of language mainly used by homosexual men in London and other cities during the twentieth century. Derived in part from the slang lexicons of numerous stigmatised and itinerant groups, Polari was also a means of socialising, acting out camp performances and reconstructing a shared gay identity and worldview among its speakers. This book examines the ways in which Polari was used in order to construct 'gay identities', linking its evolution to the changing status of gay men and lesbians in the UK over the past fifty years.
"Written in an accessible, empathic style, and filled with evocative case material, this book belongs on the desks of family therapists, clinical and counseling psychologists, psychiatrists, and clinical social workers. Graduate-level students and residents in these areas will find it a timely and informative text."--BOOK JACKET.
Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men is an interdisciplinary examination of the myths, misconceptions, research, and practice literature related to sexual-minority individuals' efforts to adopt and raise children. It also provides a blueprint for research and professional training and highlights best practice standards for working with this group of adoptive parents.
An award-winning journalist draws on detailed analyses to demonstrate that well-intentioned attempts to combat social stigma have prevented successful research into the AIDS virus and have allowed the the continued infection of thousands of gay men. Reprint. NYT.
Grounded in current research, this comprehensive volume lays thefoundations for effective, affirmative therapeutic practice with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients. Addressed are family of origin issues; coupleproblems, including sex therapy with same-sex partners; vocational andworkplace issues; and more. The extensive appendix lists a broad array of publications, advocacy groups, and Web-based resources for bothprofessionals and consumers. 12/01.
Since 1958, twenty-five men and two women have forced the Supreme Court to consider whether the Constitution's promises of equal protection apply to gay Americans. Here Joyce Murdoch and Deb Price reveal how the nation's highest court has reacted to these cases--from the surprising 1958 victory of a tiny homosexual magazine to the 2000 defeat of a gay Eagle Scout. A triumph of investigative reporting, Courting Justice gives us an inspiring new perspective on the struggle for civil rights in America.
Looks at how lesbians and gay men have been treated in the past by society at large, analyzes recent anti-gay violence, offers profiles of the attackers, and discusses the influence of the religious right
This book provides an overview of research and practice dealing with the specific needs of gay and bisexual men living with prostate cancer, as well as the psychosocial needs of their partners. Featuring both cutting-edge research and powerful portraits, this book is indispensable for health care, oncology, and mental health practitioners.
Get the inside story on a single gay man's struggle to adopt! Fatherhood for Gay Men: An Emotional and Practical Guide to Becoming a Gay Dad is the story of one man's journey down the road less traveled—a single gay man adopting and raising his two sons. Author Kevin McGarry recounts his passage into parenthood after years of having his natural fathering instincts stifled by the limits—real and perceived—of being gay. This unique book details the emotional, financial, practical, and social realities of the adoption process for gay men. From the author: "We take risks by coming out of the closet as gay men and at the end of the day, we are emotionally happier because we took those risks...
Alcohol use is an integral part of the gay world. According to some estimates, the rate of problem drinking is about three times higher among gays than in mainstream society, but few researchers have examined this phenomenon in depth. Thomas S. Weinberg’s ethnographic study provides new insight into the role of drinking in the gay male community. Weinberg utilizes interviewing and participant observation techniques in a variety of drinking-related settings in the gay subculture of "Paradise City," the fictitious name of a large western city where he carried out his research. Emphasizing drinking as social behavior, Weinberg explores the ways social contexts—such as bars, love relationshi...