Gay and Healthy in a Sick Society: The Minor Details

The newest book by Dr. Minor

In this collection of short articles, Dr. Robert N. Minor, author of Scared Straight: Why It’s So Hard to Accept Gay People and Why It’s So Hard to be Human, a 2002 finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award, applies his critically acclaimed insight to the issues of life today.

Written since 1998 as monthly columns, Gay and Healthy in a Sick Society challenges gay people and their allies to see how not being or acting “straight” is actually a healthy approach to life. Gay people are just fine, Dr. Minor affirms. It’s society that’s very sick. Most societal perspectives, attitudes, and solutions prevent all people from living fully, stifle their abilities to relate to themselves and others as human beings, and keep society stuck using the same old failing political, social, and religious answers to life’s challenges.

Dr. Minor doesn’t waste energy complaining about those opposed to gay people, but speaks to how lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people, and their allies see themselves, respond to their critics, and define their own life. Admiring the values of the sickness around them may help people fit in but not contribute to personal or societal healing. Instead, Gay and Healthy proclaims, LGBT people must not bury, but value, their own language, definitions, answers, and insights into the variety of problems around them — problems which hurt everyone but which society would prefer to act out against LGBT people.