Archives: 2014 & Earlier

Coming Out, Coming In: Nurturing the Well-Being and Inclusion of Gay Youth in Mainstream Society

 

Linda Goldman
Routledge/Taylor & Francis
339 pages. $29.95 paperback.

Linda Goldman’s passionate advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth permeates this comprehensive guide, which envisions “a widening range of contemporary ways of being.” This new social order cannot emerge until we end the prejudice that places LGBT youth at high risk for suicide, homelessness and isolation, she says.

A therapist and teacher of graduate courses on working with LGBT youth, Goldman is also the mother of a gay child. She knows the apprehensive teenager needing acceptance and the shocked parent discovering her child is gay. Her first section helps readers understand and support LGBT youth – 68 percent to 90 percent of whom reportedly experience harassment. Compelling accounts feature young people and their families who cope with “coming out.” After dispelling myths such as homosexuality being a choice, Goldman catalogs recent trends toward acceptance, such as changing policy on gays in the military. Today’s teenagers herald the “post-gay” generation that finds it “profoundly uncool to be seen as anti-gay.”

A second section offers interventions to support the “healthy outlook” of LGBT young people, including counseling techniques, self-expression, gay-straight alliances and safe school environments. A third section focuses on “coming in”: integrating LGBT families into communities. Chapters on parenting LGBT children and being LGBT parents cover marriage equality and legal barriers. Supportive organizations and businesses are profiled.

An attractive layout with photographs, youth art and writing, numerous headings, bullet points and quotes makes information easy to locate. Resource lists for all ages include books, curricula, videos, magazines, pamphlets, exhibits and organizations. Unfortunately, many listed books were published in the 1990s or earlier; not enough resources cover advances in areas such as AIDS treatment, laws and gay marriage. Few recent “post-gay” young adult novels are mentioned.

Although short on specifics about the B and T in LGBT (bisexual and transgender), this handbook targets everyone in the “coming out/coming in” process: parents, families, friends, caring adults, activists, politicians, support groups, community agencies, advocacy organizations, church groups, school boards, educators, physicians, therapists, counselors, social workers and LGBT youth themselves. (212) 216-7800, http://www.routledge.com.

Comments

Youth Today is the only independent, internationally distributed digital media publication that is read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field.

Youth Today adheres to high-quality journalistic standards, providing readers with professional news coverage dedicated to examining a wide spectrum of complex issues in the youth services industry from legislation to community-based youth work.

EDITORIAL INDEPENDENCE

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue.

DONORS & DONOR TRANSPARENCY

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Donors may be quoted, mentioned or featured in our stories. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions…(read more)

Recent Comments

Archives

Categories

Search

Kennesaw State University Mountain Logo & Ceneter for Sustainable Journalism Logo
LOGO Institute for Nonprofit News 3 turquoise boxes stacked in "J" shape

Copyright © 2018 Youth Today and MVP Themes --- Published by Center for Sustainable Journalism,
Kennesaw State University, 1200 Chastain Blvd. Suite 310, Kennesaw GA 30144

To Top