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Released: 2003-06-25

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Straight Parents, Gay Children: Keeping Families Together by Robert A. Bernstein


Straight Parents, Gay Children is Robert Bernstein's moving account of how he came to terms with his daughter's homosexuality and how the experience has enriched his life. Bernstein — winner of the 1996 Award for Best Scholarship on the Subject of Intolerance, awarded by the Gustaves Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America — discusses the myths surrounding homosexuality, accepting the news, parents who speak out, public figures who have gay children, and more. Straight Parents, Gay Children is a survival guide for all parents who wish to help their gay children cope with the inevitable cruelty from which they cannot hide. This revised and updated edition includes an introduction by Robert MacNeil of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions and a foreword by Candace Gingrich, author of The Accidental Activist “Bob Bernstein has done a wonderful job. I wish his book could be required reading for the world.”—Betty DeGeneres, spokesperson, Human Rights Campaign, National Coming Out Project “Bernstein's tone is personal, his advice is sound … a valuable addition to the psychological self-help collections.”—Charles Harmon, Booklist “A succinct, moving book about parents who have defied the social stigma of homosexuality to publicly support their gay children.”—Washington Blade

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The courageous and levelheaded Straight Parents, Gay Children, Armistead Maupin comments, “shows the parents of gay children how to stop merely tolerating their kids and start being their heroes.” Robert A. Bernstein made this essential move to “heroism” himself after his daughter Bobbi came out to him and her stepmother in the mid-1980s, when she was 19. Soon after, they attended a meeting of P-FLAG (Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays) at a nearby church, and Bernstein realized that he had joined a small but powerful group of people unable to support the continued oppression of their gay loved ones. Bernstein brings together stirring quotes (even from such unlikely sources as the late Senator Barry Goldwater) and inspiring stories, like those of Jane Spahr, the first openly gay minister to be called as a pastor of the Presbyterian church (and later denied the post) and of Dr. Roscoe Thorne, a former lumberjack and weightlifter who spoke to a packed room at a military hearing set up to discharge his son from the navy despite his brilliant career as a “Top Gun” pilot. A useful book for therapists, clergy, and educators, and an essential resource for parents of gay and bisexual children. –Regina Marler

Book Details

Author: Robert A. Bernstei.. Publisher: Da Capo Press Binding: Paperback Language: English Pages: 208

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