A Memoir of Friendship and Gay Identity
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Mentor by John DeCecco
Book DescriptionExamine a moving, personal narrative about growing up gay in the south! Students, teachers, and anyone interested in gay studies and experiences will find that The Mentor: A Memoir of Friendship and Gay Identity (a 2001 Lambda Literary Foundation Gay Male Biography/Autobiography Award finalist) delivers a captivating and honest look into the challenges of growing up gay through the context of firsthand experiences, revelations, and realizations. This unique book is an intelligent and personal narrative that considers the social, religious, and emotional aspects of what it is like to grow up as a gay male in the south and examines the enormous social changes regarding homosexuality that have taken place in America during the last half of the century. Written to reveal the importance of the author's mentor in helping him form his self-identity and educating him about being gay, this book challenges the stereotypical idea that, unlike heterosexuals, gay men are not able to form nurturing, fulfilling bonds between themselves. The Mentor delivers an inspiring story about accepting and understanding your sexuality with the help and guidance of other men who have traveled the road to a successful gay identity. This unique book offers the courage, strength, and support of a mentor to help guide you through the trials that many young gay men experience, such as: * recognizing the possibilities of exploitation by older gay men due to a lack of emotional and social experience * creating a loyal relationship with a man that does not include sex but which satisfies emotional needs that many gay men need and long for * discovering the importance of a mentor to gay youths, since there are few homosexual role models to learn fromSincere and well-written, The Mentor provides insight into everything from the author's experience with intolerance of homosexuality by certain religions to struggles with fidelity and infidelity, illustrating the difficult yet universal challenges of life relationships. The Mentor contains suggestions that will help you recognize that your feelings of desire and love and your quest for human connection as a gay man are not the distorted reflections of a heterosexual image, but a healthy gay identity. With this unique book, you will discover how to make the shift from confusion to full acceptance of your gay identity, you will understand that you are not alone, and perhaps you will be encouraged to pass on the legacy of a mentor to other young gay men.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780789004963
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Haworth Press Inc
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 12-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John DeCecco
Behind the Mask of the Mattachine, Hardback (November 2006)
The Mattachine is the origin of the contemporary American gay movement. This work travels back to the times before Stonewall and its aftermath, to the beginnings of the modern homosexual movement and the lesser-known individuals who started it. This chronicle gives the history of the activists who organized homosexuals.
Men, Homosexuality, and the Gods, Hardback (August 2004)» View all books by John DeCecco
An eye opening look at the traditions of particular religions and their edicts concerning gay sex. Draws a parallel between homosexuality and the idea of religion, suggesting that gay rights can be understood as a freedom of religion issue.
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