Growing Up Gay in the South: Race, Gender, and Journeys of by James T Sears

By James T Sears

This groundbreaking new booklet weaves own pix of lesbian and homosexual Southerners with interdisciplinary observation concerning the impression of tradition, race, and gender at the improvement of sexual id. becoming Up homosexual within the South is a crucial booklet that specializes in the distinctive positive factors of Southern existence. it's going to enhance your realizing of the original pressures confronted via homosexual males and lesbians during this region--the pervasiveness of basic spiritual ideals; the popularity of racial, gender, and sophistication neighborhood barriers; the significance of kinfolk identify and kinfolk honor; the unbending view of applicable adolescence behaviors; and the depth of adolescent culture.

You will study what it's wish to develop up homosexual within the South as those Southern lesbians and homosexual males candidly percentage their attitudes and emotions approximately themselves, their households, their education, and their look for a sexual identification. those insightful biographies illustrate the variety of people who determine themselves as homosexual or lesbian and depict the diversity of prejudice and difficulties they've got encountered as sexual rebels. not only an easy compilation of “coming out” tales, this landmark quantity is a human testomony to the method of social wondering within the look for mental wholeness, interpreting the non-public and social value of buying a lesbian or homosexual identification in the Southern tradition.

Growing Up homosexual within the South combines fascinating own biographies with the huge use of scholarship from lesbian and homosexual stories, Southern heritage and literature, and academic proposal and perform. those beneficial properties, including an in depth bibliography and appendices of knowledge, make this crucial interpreting for educators and different execs operating with homosexual and lesbian youth.

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