Description : Gay life has become increasingly open in the last decade. In Beyond the Closet , Steven Seidman, a well-known author and leading scholar in sexuality, is the first to chronicle this lifestyle change and to look at the lives of contemporary gays and lesbians to see how their "out" status has changed. This compelling, well-written, and smart account is an important step forward for the gay and lesbian community.
Description : Gripping, Overdue, and Inspirational Book Series "Black Melanin" are for any ethnic group within the LGBTQI Community. The series will cover a myriad of different issues and problems that are concerning the LGBTQI communities at large. These difficulties stem from a philosophical, emotional, physical and technical point of view on the way society operations in today modern world which ultimately effect the LGBTQI communities. Beyond the Closet is the first installment of this ground breaking book series. This edition of "Black Melanin" will discuss the controversies of "coming out" in phases coupled with set topics to break down the process of coming out in a fashion that is truthful, raw, heartfelt and honest. The views that are displayed within this book are those from the mind and personal experiences of Romairas Romeo Harp who identifies with the LGBTQI community in which he belongs too. In this book those who are questioning coming out or those who simply want to reflect on their own experience will gain knowledge and clarity on the importance of taking ownership to who they are. For those who are not LGBTQI; the sole intent of this book would be to open up your mind. "Beyond the Closet" will allow those who do not understand or those who want to gain insight on what it is like to "come out" to gain a better understanding of the process and what it means to those who decide to embark of this difficult phase of the LGBTQI lifestyle.
Description : "Beyond the Closet Door" is Jenkins' guide to finding the courage and strength to get up off the closet floor of oppression, answer the door of deliverance, and run into the waiting arms of Jesus Christ.
Description : Beyond the Closet Door celebrates the demonstrated power of Christ to heal adult child abuse victims. All victims of abuse deal with emotional issues in the aftermath of their oppression, whether it is physical, sexual, verbally or mental. This work of nonfiction furnishes the breath of life for the hope found within the resurrected soul touched by Calvary's cost and empowers them to find God's divine purpose for their lives. Many broken Christians are looking for their salvation experience to fix them. When the honeymoon period in Christ is over, they have to face a new level of demonic oppression because of their position in Christ. They then retreat to the closet. Few people have the privilege of knowing that even though our salvation experience is a done deal in God's eyes, it's a continuous process here on earth. Phillipians 2:12 states that we must "work out our own salvation with fear and trembling." The implication is that our confession of faith in Jesus Christ is the beginning of our commitment to this process that requires a corresponding action on our part. Beyond the Closet Door, assists the emotionally abused individual in finding their way to do the "work" necessary to embrace all that they've inherited through Christ and the cross. For the emotionally abused child this work is wrapped in developing the courage to seek God for His promised healing. This book helps to expose the healing light of God's love. It encompasses like experiences of many biblical characters and popular present day healed travelers on a similar journey. It also addresses the need for the body of Christ to step up to the plate in the power invested in them from the cross to embrace the seemingly unlovable victim of abuse.It is long overdue.
Description : "This collection of essays seeks to explore the impact that gay rights politics and activism have had on the wider American political landscape since the rights revolutions of the 1960s"--
Description : "Literature has always been concerned with questions of kinship, love, marriage, desire, family relationships. The central and privileged stories have tended to assume that desire will be desire between girl and boy. Obstacles are thrown in the way of desire. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1597), the heroine and hero cannot marry because their families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are feuding. The obstacles which stand in the way of same-sex romantic entanglements have been much more encompassing. Before the twentieth century, they have, for the most part, been represented as an impossibility rather than a desirable outcome thwarted by circumstance"--
Description : "In 2009 I laid in a Beijing hostel room, 750 yards away from Tiananmen Square, for 2 days, waiting for my friend to leave China, so that I could kill myself for being gay. I prayed to God for 15 years to heal my sinful desires. In that hostel room I began to realize there was never any sin to begin with." That's how suicide impending, spiritually-awakened, David-Bowie themed Chapter 9: Little China Girl, begins. It begins this way because that was the water-shed, Eureka-shouting, Fear-and-Loathing moment of my own life. This is the book I wish I could have read as young teenage boy coming out as gay in the religious Christian South. It is told through my own experience before broadening the horizon to patriarchal, political-religious, quantum reasons that brought us here and offering lessons of empowerment to the reader and a blueprint to where I hope we and society are going. Poetry and photographs I have taken are also interspersed through each chapter- relevant to each particular topic. For the past 6 years, I worked as an investigator for Child Protective Services of Texas, with AD/HD and anxiety, eventually attaining the position of Senior Advanced Specialist IV. I've worked with or assisted approximately 870 families during my tenure at CPS- including 19 counties in North Texas.Factoring in my total case load- I know that at least 32 children's lives were legitimately saved because of our intervention. It's not about the numbers, because to me- there is no greater task than being able to help out another human being especially those who are unable to self-protect.Still, even with those wins for LIFE, I keep seeing cases after case of children and teenagers who had attempted to, or expressed wanting to kill themselves as they began to realize their sexual orientation or gender identities were not heteronormative. In short, kids were wanting to kill themselves for being gay. That was my story too. I quit my career in social work, June 12, 2018, so that way I could pursue this message of unity, of wholeness, healing, and love to all- but specifically geared to people who are struggling with their sexuality, gender identity, or have felt marginalized, different, oppressed. This story is told through a pop-culture tinged personal present-tense narrative; reflecting upon past events in my personal life and exposing broader societal through out past and present histories that have made children, teenagers, so many humans doubt their worth and told daily messages of who they are or are not supposed to be. This book (and subsequent writings I have published on my website) continue to explore societal, philosophical, theological, and geo-political reasons that have brought us to the Trump-era's war on women, homosexuals, and anyone veering from a patriarchal-pussy-grabbing-"Christ"-centered world-view. Interspersed through out this book are photographs I have taken and poetry pertaining to the particular themes of the chapter. This is done to break up the monotony and heavy subject matter as well as show the reader that why they are reading is truth and true personal experience.It is my intention that each reader will walk away from this story with the same self-confidence, love, and acceptance written and living within these pages.
Description : In his latest iconoclastic work, Douglas Brode—the only academic author/scholar who dares to defend Disney entertainment—argues that "Uncle Walt's" output of films, television shows, theme parks, and spin-off items promoted diversity decades before such a concept gained popular currency in the 1990s. Fully understood, It's a Small World—one of the most popular attractions at the Disney theme parks—encapsulates Disney's prophetic vision of an appealingly varied world, each race respecting the uniqueness of all the others while simultaneously celebrating a common human core. In this pioneering volume, Brode makes a compelling case that Disney's consistently positive presentation of "difference"—whether it be race, gender, sexual orientation, ideology, or spirituality—provided the key paradigm for an eventual emergence of multiculturalism in our society. Using examples from dozens of films and TV programs, Brode demonstrates that Disney entertainment has consistently portrayed Native Americans, African Americans, women, gays, individual acceptance of one's sexual orientation, and alternatives to Judeo-Christian religious values in a highly positive light. Assuming a contrarian stance, Brode refutes the overwhelming body of "serious" criticism that dismisses Disney entertainment as racist and sexist. Instead, he reveals through close textual analysis how Disney introduced audiences to such politically correct principles as mainstream feminism. In so doing, Brode challenges the popular perception of Disney fare as a bland diet of programming that people around the world either uncritically deem acceptable for their children or angrily revile as reactionary pabulum for the masses. Providing a long overdue and thoroughly detailed alternative, Brode makes a highly convincing argument that with an unwavering commitment to racial diversity and sexual difference, coupled with a vast global popularity, Disney entertainment enabled those successive generations of impressionable youth who experienced it to create today's aura of multiculturalism and our politically correct value system.