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LGBT Youth Issues Today
A Reference Handbook
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The increasing numbers of LGBT teenagers who choose to live their lives as "out" youth face unique issues within their schools, families, and communities. This book provides information that will help...
The increasing numbers of LGBT teenagers who choose to live their lives as "out" youth face unique issues within their schools, families, and communities. This book provides information that will help...
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  • The increasing numbers of LGBT teenagers who choose to live their lives as "out" youth face unique issues within their schools, families, and communities. This book provides information that will help LGBT youth overcome their challenges and give non-LGBT youth a better understanding of sexual identities different from their own.

    While all youth are likely to face traumatic or stressful situations in their transition to adulthood, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered (LGBT) youth face significant and specific challenges in their lives—a result of living in a society that has yet to accept or be comfortable with the idea of same-sex or other "non-heterosexual" attraction, especially among young people. LGBT Youth Issues Today: A Reference Handbook presents historical background on the topic, provides an up-to-date examination of the issues of concern to LGBT youth, and offers in-depth information and resources for further research.

    In addition to providing frank, accessible information about the problems, controversies, and solutions facing today's LGBT teenagers, the work contains a chapter of essays from informed individuals regarding same-sex relationships among youth, voicing the experiences and opinions of activists, social workers, psychologists, educators, parents of LGBT youth, and LGBT youth themselves. Also included is a chapter profiling about 20 individuals and organizations that have been involved in discussions about gay and lesbian youth, such as Tony Perkins, Kevin Jennings, Robert Parlin, the GLBT National Help Center, It Gets Better, Gay Lesbian Straight Educational Network (GLSEN), Family Pride Coalition, Out Scouts, Family Research Council, and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

  • Addresses the major issues faced by LGBT youth, such as gaining acceptance of their sexual identity in the school environment or finding a means to survive after rejection by their family members

  • Examines historic societal attitudes toward same-sex relationships involving young people, allowing readers to grasp how the general population's thinking has evolved

  • Reviews and discusses the findings of literature on the causes of homelessness and suicidal ideation among LGBT youth

  • Presents examples of ways in which LGBT youth have developed the skills that enable them to deal with their unique issues and concerns

  • Includes an extensive list of resources and organizations that can provide additional information and assistance to both LGBT and non-LGBT individuals

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    June 1, 2014
    Part of the Contemporary World Issues series, this book addresses the major issues faced by LGBT youth, such as gaining acceptance of their sexual identity, coping with a hostile school environment, or dealing with rejection by friends or family members. The work also serves as a review of LGBT youth in history and an examination of the way societal attitudes have shifted over the past several decades. The first section of the book covers background and history, with chapters such as Same-Sex Behavior in Adolescence, The Making of a Gay Community, and The Growth of LGBT Organizations. The second section, Problems, Controversies, and Solutions, discusses coming out, school issues, homelessness, and suicide. Readers will find the Perspectives section particularly interestingeight individuals tell personal stories of how their specific experiences with LGBT issues shaped their lives. The lengthy Profiles section covers 32 different institutions, organizations, and people associated with LGBT issues, including GLAAD, the It Gets Better Project, Lambda Legal, Dan Savage, and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Data and Documents includes tables estimating the numbers of LGBT youth and primary documents including court cases, reports, and transcripts. The volume concludes with an extensive list of resources for additional research, a chronology, and a glossary. An important resource on a popular topic, this title will most benefit high-school and public libraries.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

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