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"You can tell just by looking" : and 20 other myths about LGBT life and people / Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini, Michael Amico
Book | Beacon Press | 2013
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xvii, 190 pages ; 22 cm
Contents
Introduction -- Part I : Living in the world -- Myth 1 : You can tell who's gay just by looking -- Myth 2 : About 10 percent of people are gay or lesbian -- Myth 3 : All transgender people have sex-reassignment surgery -- Part 2 : Cause and effect -- Myth 4 : Sexual abuse causes homosexuality -- Myth 5 : Most homophobes are repressed homosexuals -- Myth 6 : Transgender people are mentally ill -- Myth 7 : Homosexuals are born that way -- Part 3 : Troublemakers -- Myth 8 : LGBT parents are bad for children -- Myth 9 : Same-sex marriage harms traditional marriage -- Myth 10 : All religions condemn homosexuality-- Myth 11 : Gay rights infringe on religious liberty -- Myth 12 : People of color are more homophobic than white people -- Part 4 : It's just a phase -- Myth 13 : Lesbians do not have real sex -- Myth 14 : All bisexual men are actually gay; all bisexual women are actually straight -- Myth 15 : Transgender people are gay -- Myth 16 : There's no such thing as a gay or trans child -- Part 5 : Struggling in the world -- Myth 17 : Positive visibility in the media increases tolerance and acceptance of LGBT people -- Myth 18 : Coming out today is easier than ever before -- Myth 19 : Antidiscimination laws in the United States protect LGBT people -- Myth 20 : Hate crime laws prevent violence against LGBT people -- Myth 21 : Getting tested on a regular basis helps prevent the spread of HIV -- Acknowledgments -- Notes.
Summary
"Breaks down the most commonly held misconceptions about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their lives. "You Can Tell Just by Looking" unpacks enduring, popular, and deeply held myths about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, culture, and life in America. Some of these myths, such as "all religions condemn homosexuality," have been used to justify discrimination and oppression of LGBT people. Other myths, such as "LGBT people are born that way," have been adopted by LGBT communities and their allies. By discussing and dispelling these myths--including gay-positive ones--the authors challenge readers to question their own beliefs and to grapple with the complexities of what it means to be queer in the broadest social, political, and cultural sense"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-190).
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ISBN
9780807042458 (pbk.) :
0807042455 (pbk.)
9780807042465 (ebook)
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40022828479
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