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Gay & Healthy in a Sick Society: The Minor Details Paperback – November, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Humanity Works (November 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970958110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970958112
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,641,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Book of the Week, January 5-11, 2004" --

"One of the "Best Gay Books of 2003" -- Jesse Monteagudo,

"kindly, clear-headed, sensible, honest, accessible, compassionate...." -- Richard Labonte,

...kindly collection of clear-headed musings...His talent for pithy analysis is one of the collection's strengths....accessible, compassionate.... -- Bookmarks (Q Syndicate), January 5, 2004

...the textbook we've been waiting for...I challenge anyone not to be inspired, challenged and reawakened.... -- Midwest Times, December 2003

2004 Finalist -- Independent Publisher Book Award

An excellent addition to any library -- Virginia Gayzette

This ground-breaking book challenges old-fashioned social concepts. A savvy scholar examines personal relationships and core issues. -- Gay, December 5, 2003

About the Author

Robert N. Minor, Ph.D. is a nationally acclaimed lecturer, writer and workshop leader on issues of gender, sexual orientation, and active change. He is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas. In 1999, GLAAD awarded him its Leadership Award in education.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Discriminating Reader on May 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
A great follow-up to Dr. Minor's book: Scared Straight. Though the title talks about being gay, it soon becomes evident to the reader that the unique perspectives he has on the variety of topics applies to any human being who wants to create their own psychological health in a society that, as the author shows, is very, very ill. His insights on relationships, sex, self-esteem, and culture are surprising in the sense that they are not what I expected but are so right on. Even the sections that refer to past events contain ideas that are so relevant today. And it's easy reading with ideas that seem like common sense, but only after Dr. Minor points them out. I'd love to go to one of the workshops he does around the country if he comes to New York.
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More About the Author

A national resource for information on gender issues and gay/straight relationships for organizations, businesses, educational institutions, and media outlets such as NBC and USA Today, Robert N. Minor, Ph.D. has been speaking, consulting, and leading workshops for fifteen years.

He is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas where he taught for thirty-three years and was the chair of the Religious Studies Department for six. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he received the Ph.D. in Religion from the University of Iowa in 1975 and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity Divinity School in Chicago.

He is the author of eight books. His first five were scholarly writings on his first specialty, religious thought and practice in South Asia and their relationships to culture. His current research is on gender studies and the relationships of religion, gender, and sexuality. At the University of Kansas one of his popular courses is "Religious Perspectives on Selfhood and Sexuality." 

His newest book, When Religion is an Addiction was published by HumanityWorks! in St. Louis. Previously he wrote Gay and Healthy in a Sick Society: The Minor Details published by HumanityWorks! in November, 2003, which was a Finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award in 2004, and was named in national reviews as one of the best gay books of 2003. His Scared Straight: Why It's So Hard to Accept Gay People and Why It's So Hard to Be Human, also published by HumanityWorks! in 2002 was named a Finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award. In little more than a month from their publication,, the premier men's issues website, named each of them "Book of the Week."

Dr. Minor also writes articles including two popular columns -- one a monthly column of analysis and opinion entitled "Minor Details" on issues affecting the progressive and gay communities which is printed nationally in on-line and print publications around the country; the second, "Romance and Dating," a bimonthly column for Baby Boomers on dating, romance, and relationships for the popular website,

He is the parent of a thirty-two year old son. In 1994 he was a member of the Values Panel for the Kansas City Star (the daily newspaper for Kansas City) for its award-winning "Raising Kansas City Project."

He was a member of the Communities Against Hate Crimes Task Force of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas and the Diversity Advisory Committee of KCPT, the public television station for Kansas City, MO. He serves on other boards and task forces, such as the Advisory Board of the nationally acclaimed Center for Religious Experience and Study of Kansas City, the LGBT Task Force of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Western Missouri, and the Organizing Committee of Kansas City Jobs with Justice as its Co-Chair.

He is past president of the Board of Directors of the Lesbian & Gay Community Center of Greater Kansas City, and currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Men's Studies Association and President of the Board of Directors of Ecumenical Christian Ministries of the University of Kansas.

"Bob" leads workshops on gender roles, homophobia, and racism for universities, colleges, churches, businesses, government organizations, and community and religious groups throughout the US as well as workshops for non-heterosexuals on personal growth beyond "coming out" and how to be a healthy activist. He is a regular conference presenter for the NGLTF's "Creating Change " Conference, and for PFLAG, locally, regionally, and nationally. He worked closely with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in its Kansas City "Communities of Faith" projects. In 1999 GLAAD awarded him its Leadership Award for Education.