You Can Tell Just by Looking: And 20 Other Myths About LGBT Life and People

You Can Tell Just by Looking: And 20 Other Myths About LGBT Life and People

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By (author) Michael Bronski, By (author) Ann Pellegrini

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  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 16mm | 280g
  • Publication date: 24 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0807042455
  • ISBN 13: 9780807042458
  • Sales rank: 794,456

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2014 Lambda Literary Award Finalist: LGBT Nonfiction Breaks down the most commonly held misconceptions about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their lives In ""You Can Tell Just by Looking"" three scholars and activists come together to unpack enduring, popular, and deeply held myths about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, culture, and life in America. Myths, such as "All Religions Condemn Homosexuality" and "Transgender People Are Mentally Ill," have been used to justify discrimination and oppression of LGBT people. Others, such as "Homosexuals Are Born That Way," have been embraced by LGBT communities and their allies. In discussing and dispelling these myths--including gay-positive ones--the authors challenge readers to question their own beliefs and to grapple with the complexities of what it means to be queer in the broadest social, political, and cultural sense.

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Michael Bronski(Cambridge, Massachusetts) has written extensively on LGBT issues for four decades. He is the author of several award-winning books, including most recently "A Queer History of the United States." He is Professor of the Practice in Activism and Media in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. Ann Pellegrini (New York, New York) is professor of performance studies and religious studies at New York University, where she also directs NYU's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. She has written extensively about religion, sexuality, and US public life. Her publications include "Performance Anxieties "and the coauthored book "Love the Sin." Michael Amico (New Haven, Connecticut) is a PhD candidate in American studies at Yale University, and is writing a history of the love between two men in the Civil War. He has written for LGBT youth publications, such as "Young Gay America," and provided political analysis for the "Boston Phoenix" and other venues.

Review quote

"This powerful book demands that we look more closely at the ways we move in and structure our society, and asks vital questions that will steer the culture toward justice and equality." --"Publishers Weekly", starred review "This groundbreaking book is rich in smart, stirring, and forthright examinations of myths, negative and positive, and clarifying examples, and holds to scholarly standards while compellingly and revealingly addressing the curiosity and concerns of mainstream readers." --"Booklist" "One of the most complete sourcebooks about science, sociology and LGBT life out there." --"PopMatters"

Table of contents

Introduction Part 1: Living in the World Myth 1: You Can Tell Who’s Gay Just by Looking Myth 2: About 10 Percent of People Are Gay or Lesbian Myth 3: All Transgender People Have Sex-Reassignment Surgery Part 2: Cause and Effect Myth 4: Sexual Abuse Causes Homosexuality Myth 5: Most Homophobes Are Repressed Homosexuals Myth 6: Transgender People Are Mentally Ill Myth 7: Homosexuals Are Born That Way Part 3: Troublemakers Myth 8: LGBT Parents Are Bad for Children Myth 9: Same-Sex Marriage Harms Traditional Marriage Myth 10: All Religions Condemn Homosexuality Myth 11: Gay Rights Infringe on Religious Liberty Myth 12: People of Color Are More Homophobic Than White People Part 4: It’s Just a Phase Myth 13: Lesbians Do Not Have Real Sex Myth 14: All Bisexual Men Are Actually Gay; All Bisexual Women Are Actually Straight Myth 15: Transgender People Are Gay Myth 16: There’s No Such Thing as a Gay or Trans Child PART 5: Struggling in the World Myth 17: Positive Visibility in the Media Increases Tolerance and Acceptance of LGBT People Myth 18: Coming Out Today Is Easier Than Ever Before Myth 19: Antidiscrimination Laws in the United States Protect LGBT People Myth 20: Hate Crime Laws Prevent Violence against LGBT People Myth 21: Getting Tested on a Regular Basis Helps Prevent the Spread of HIV Acknowledgments Notes