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"Every happy family is alike, and every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," wrote Leo Tolstoy. Families dealing with a child's homosexuality are certainly forced by a homophobic culture to experience a whole range of unhappiness. Beyond Acceptance deals with a variety of issues facing heterosexual parents of gay children, from facing what the neighbors will say to worrying about AIDS and social ostracism to feeling angry and guilt-ridden.

Various people speak about how they came to their misinformed views about gayness, their religious beliefs, their fears that friends will abandon them after finding out about their child's homosexuality, and their anxieties about AIDS. Often people find similar solutions to their problems, and sometimes different ones, but in all cases the message is that understanding, love, and a need to own up to, and dispense with, ignorant homophobic attitudes can bring families back together in a wholesome and nurturing manner. Frank, informed, and filled with insights and practical suggestions, Beyond Acceptance is a fine addition to the literature on homophobia and families. --Michael Bronski

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Based on interviews with P-FLAG member parents, this book is organized as a chronology of the typical parent's emotional jour- ney to acceptance and beyond.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 2 edition (November 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312167814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312167813
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
Beyond good, this book is important. A book from the voices of parents who have lesbian and/or gay children. We have "heard" plenty from lesbians and gays, pleading for understanding and acceptance, so this book gives the readers a voice from "the other" side.
With frank interviews and conversations, we are let in on the angst, the suffering, the fears and disappointments from parents. It covers many aspects of our lives. Most often, the burning question from parents is "what did I do wrong?" Religion, health, acceptance etc....all the way to "should the neighbours know?
This book is honestly written from the hearts of the writers, parents who have been through all of that and more. We learn of how they cope or didn't. The journeys they have taken and what the effects are with a lesbian/gay in the family unit. A must read, not just for parents, but also for lesbians and gays, and their siblings. And for everyone else too - I recommend this book. It creates understanding, not answers, through the conversations with various people. In all, it is almost like sitting in a crowd and listening in on an interesting discussion or conversation and gleaning knowledge and understanding!!
There is an earlier editon from 1990. Try to get the lastest one, I think 1996/7, with updates on issues like AIDS etc...
Buy or borrow this book, read it again and again. Pass it on. For everyone.
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By A Customer on September 11, 1999
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This book is written as a resource for parents. I bought and read it before coming out to my parents. Insightful and careful writing to help you understand what your parents might feel when you tell them. Then give them a copy when you have the big discussion. The authors use loads of real-life examples from many different people and situations to help parents understand and relate.
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By Jane on February 14, 2012
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This book came from a very negative place. I literally threw it out. I was looking for guidance on how to support my child in his knowing who he is. Wanting to help him with awareness of bullying or anything that would come up that I should be aware of.
This book comes from a place that if your child is homosexual and you are very upset about it as if it is a wrong or bad thing. That is not what I interpreted from the reviews or description. Aren't there any positive supportive books on this subject?
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As a parent, it has been an incredible journey from being unaware of
our daughter's sexual preference, to shock to denial to acceptance and
now, even to celebration. A big part of that journey was reading this book which
helped me know that I was not at all alone in my struggles and that nothing I was
feeling was unusual. I appreciated this book more than any other I read.
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By Lisa B. on January 14, 2013
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I was actually quite shocked to find that so many parents were SO mortified and ashamed when they found out their child was gay/lesbian. I bought this book looking for a little camaraderie, since I don't know of anyone who also has a gay/lesbian child. I don't struggle with the same conflicts with religion or social pressures that the parents who were interviewed for the book seemed to, but I can see that this would be an INVALUABLE tool for those who are struggling. I would highly suggest it for anyone who "just doesn't understand", but not for someone like myself. My heart bled for those poor kids whose parents rejected, chastised and otherwise made them feel horrible for who they are. I was looking for a book that celebrates our gay/lesbian kids.
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An excellent resource for parents, families and educators. An in-depth discussion on everyday situations which provide re-assurance, comfort and confidence to openly discuss and share ones concerns. Chapter sections provide real world insights for further discussion between parent and child, parents themselves and with friends and family. The use of case studies, interviews and quotes from 'real' people are fantastic and encourage the reader to reflect upon their own personal experiences.
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I read through a few books before finally deciding to buy this one. I got this one in preparation for coming out to my parents. This book not only informs parents of common misconceptions of being gay but also gives them something of a partner in the coming out trials. Very good read. I recommend this for anyone who is has or will come out.
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