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On My Honor: Lesbians Reflect on Their Scouting Experience Paperback – January, 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Madwoman Pr (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886231028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886231023
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,092,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm a retired college English, women's studies, and literature teacher. I've published many articles over the years, the first one in Mother Jones magazine in 1977, the most recent in New Spirit magazine in 2007.

I've also had three books published. Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence (with Rosemary Keefe Curb,1985), became an unexpected best seller in the US and was published in 8 other countries. This ground-breaking anthology and my second controversial book, On My Honor: Lesbian Reflect on Their Scouting Experiences (1997), are out of print, but can sometimes be found on They also are available from me directly.

My third book, written with my life partner Becky Bohan, is Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully: A Journey with Cancer and Beyond. This informative and inspirational story of our sister-in-law, a professor of nursing diagnosed with incurable cancer, can comfort and educate anyone afraid of a terminal illness or dying. Anyone who loves a riveting, well-written story will also enjoy Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully, available on

Becky and I divide our time between Minneapolis and the Caribbean. We must be two of the luckiest people on this miraculous planet.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Gogan on November 12, 2007
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Finally a GLBT book that I actually could see myself reflected in! I must have read thirty of them over the last few years. This book had people who had experiences like mine were when I was younger. I was seriously starting to think that I was the ONLY person who had my experiences which were unremarkable and astonishingly normal.

This book was AWESOME. Anyone involved in girl scouting should read it. Everyone should read it. There were some really fantastic and inspiring stories in it, and there were also some really depressing ones as well, as there will be in any book like this. If it were written and just left out the downsides and the bad cases it wouldn't be fair and true.

There were a few places in this book where I actually cried. But what really struck me most was the fact that I could see myself ten years ago IN THESE STORIES. I could actually identify with some of these women. That's never really happened before when I've read other glbt books.

I'm going to treasure this book forever. I actually managed to get an autographed copy when I bought it on amazon. For no extra cost. So very. cool.

Fantastic book!!
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By Amazon Customer on May 11, 2013
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This book gives voice to young women who gained acceptance and camaraderie in the Girl Scout Camps throughtout the US. I enjoyed reading about these young women and certainly could relate to their experiences. It is a thoughtful and enjoyable read. Other young women might benefit from knowing that a safe place to be yourself existed years ago and still does to this day.
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14 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 1999
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This is a wonderful book of personal stories and entertaining anecdotal pieces such as 'All I really need to know about being a Lesbian I learned at girl scout camp.' From a personal perspective this book was a gentle re-assurance that I and my circle of lesbian girl scout friends are not alone. This book underlines a belief that I have always had, that the lesbian connection is a spiritual one foremost and a sexual one as a result. There is such a warmth,bonding, and level of oneness that you can feel with a woman, that for me has never been possible with a man, despite my own 11 year marriage. I discovered this "lesbian connection" while being a counselor at a girl scout camp and fell in love with another wife/mother much like myself. Our love bloomed quite naturally and a year later we were both divorced and living a completeness we never knew existed. It was then that it was revealed to us that there were several others like us - in our own council. They sensed what was happening with us, stood back and let the journey take it's course. This book is a gentle and sincere voice that needs to be heard all across America in GS Councils everwhere.
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