Thursday, October 6, 2016

Living Proud! Growing UP LGBTQ

Being Transgender by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
“What is gender? What are gender stereotypes? What’s the difference between being a tomboy or an effeminate man and being transgender? What are your options when you feel like your physical sex is out of sync with who you are? Explore the answers to these questions and more with an in-depth look at what it means to be transgender.” –Publisher

Coming Out and Seeking Support by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
”The experience of publicly identifying oneself as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) is deeply personal for each individual. But while the particulars vary, there are issues and questions shared by all. Should I come out? When should I come out? Who should I come out to first? The most important thing to know is that you’re not alone.” –Publisher

Confronting Stereotypes by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
“Words have power and can be used to hurt people or make them feel good about themselves. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people know this all too well. If you let them, stereotypes can hold you back from being the full individual that you are. This book explores common LGBT stereotypes that persist both outside and inside the community. Explore where they come from and what they mean to you. Learn how you can do your part to reduce hurtful name-calling and appreciate LGBT people in all their diversity.” –Publisher

Facing Homophobia by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
“Learn about the fight for LGBT civil rights and why an end to prejudice against LGBT people is important for all North Americans. And learn about the ways young people, straight and gay, are working together toward mutual understanding, respect, and a better future for all of us by ending homophobia.” –Publisher

Finding Community by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) young people in the 21st century can find unprecedented support in a proud, vibrant, and diverse community both online and off. The resources and ability to connect with LGBT people around the world are exciting and very new. This book explores the history of the LGBT community from its roots in the 1800s, through World War II, the early activists of the 1950s, the Pride movements of the 1970s, and today’s move toward integration with mainstream communities.” –Publisher

Staying Mentally Healthy by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
“As part of the normal experience of growing up, many teenagers feel significant stress, confusion, and self-doubt. These intense emotions can be overwhelming for anyone but are often that much more challenging for LGBT youth. Without the resources or support they need, too many will suffer the depression and self-hatred that lead to alcohol and drug abuse, unsafe sex, and suicidal thoughts.
The good news is that there are more sources of help to turn to today than ever before for struggling LGBT youth. Learn about groups such as the Trevor Project, Empty Closets, PFLAG, and other organizations that are there to assist young LGBT people and their friends make positive choices.” –Publisher

Understanding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross
“Until relatively recently homosexuality was considered a mental illness or a biological disorder, or worse. Today, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have the evidence of scientific research and their authentic experiences of happy and fulfilling lives to support the pride of identity that is their right.  This book traces the nature versus nurture debate over the origin of same-sex attraction and gender identity. The theories put forth over the years that there’s a gay gene, that the way a child is raised can turn her gay, or that being gay is somehow a choice all came to be used in the service of political agendas, often harming LGBT people. Examining the major genetic, biological, and psychological theories of the origins of homosexuality, this book questions those traditional notions of gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation that are at the center of LGBT people’s sense of identity and their struggle for civil rights and a happy and fulfilling life.” –Publisher