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Acts of Disclosure: The Coming-Out Process of Contemporary Gay Men (Haworth Gay & Lesbian Studies) Paperback – March 8, 1998

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Vardo is a staff member, department of Psychology, Hammond, Louisana
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Product Details

  • Series: Haworth Gay & Lesbian Studies
  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 8, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560239123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560239123
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,637,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a young gay man who has come out of the closet already, I found the book a thoughtful and acurate portrayal of the feelings and concerns that I went through on my own. Having this book at that time would have made my life a lot simpler. Mr. Vargo has written a book that recognizes the need for the individual to express him/herself, but also recognizes the need to keep a personal part of ones life private, at least in some parts of ones life. Coming-out is not a one step process, and this book will help anyone in any stage of that process. If you are thinking of coming-out to friends/family please read this book.
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I would highly recommend this book for anyone, at any level of the "coming-out" process, as well as Parents,Sons, Daughters, and any other family members of someone who has recently "come-out". Much research has obviously gone into this work and I commend Vargo for that, as well as the EXTENSIVE Bibliography that is included. I certainly hope that organizations like PFLAG add this book to it's list of recommended reading.
Sandy Miller
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Vargo explains the coming out process in great detail; he's very thorough and has facts to back up his claims. Rather than say, for instance, these are the stages parents go through when a son comes out to them, trust me, he describes various studies that have been done that actually document the stages, what percentage of parents go through each stage, etc. He's always careful to describe how the studies may be biased in one way or another. There are more than 40 footnotes to most chapters, so you can go straight to the source for more information if you want. Having some sort of factual basis to go on helped me tremendously. He also is good about illustrating the points he makes by using quotes from gay sons and their friends and family. At the end of each chapter, there are lists of suggestions that are very helpful. One particularly good section describes what characteristics are typical in parents who will have a difficult time accepting their sons gayness. Again, he's always careful to not make gross generalizations, but relies instead on reputable studies. "Coming OUt; An Act of Kindess" is OK, but not as good as this one.
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