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Exposes the Relationships Among Hot Issues in the News
Catholic Church Rocked
by Priest Sex Scandal, Cover-up, Blaming Homosexuality
Surgeon Generals Report Says 1 out of 5
Women Report Being Sexually Assaulted
Male Students Continue To Shoot Fellow Schoolmates
National Boy Scouts Organization Refuses to Bend
to Local Councils to End Discharge of Gay Scouts
Dramatic Rise in Cosmetic Surgery Reported in
Military Discharges of Gay Men and Lesbians Rises
to Its Highest Since Dont Ask, Dont
Latino Mens Susceptibility to HIV Rises
with Homophobia, New Study Says
Human Rights Watch States U.S. Governments
Failure to Protect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
Youth in Schools is a Human Rights Abuse
National Christian Denominations Divide Over
Acceptance of Gay People
Harvard Medical School Researcher Calls Suppression
of Their Emotions The Primary or Ultimate Cause
of All Violence in Adolescent Boys
(Kansas City, MO, August 1, 2002) These are all
directly related issues, says Professor Robert
N. Minor, author of the book Scared Straight: Why Its
So Hard to Accept Gay People and Why its So Hared
to Be Human, published June 1,2001 by upstart HumanityWorks!
in St. Louis. And thats something that deeply
affects all of us but we seem to be missing this in
the national discussion.
Minors book was a finalist for a 2002 Lambda
Literary Award, but in 2001 it was quickly named Book
of the Week July 23-29, the nations premier
website on male issues, www.menstuff.org, and in 2002
a finalist for an Independent Book Publishers Award
in recognition of the fact that this is more than a
gay issue. Though not a textbook, its
already been adopted as a text in Womens Studies,
Sociology, and Religious Studies courses at the University
level. The White Crane Journal says: This is a
brilliant book. It ought to be required reading for
every human being. The Greenwich Village Gazette
called it an extraordinary journey.
Scared Straight is an eye-opening and penetrating analysis
of U.S. culture. From the criticism of our universities
as purveyors of hopelessness to the dynamics of "getting
laid," it lays bare why accepting the full humanity
of gay people divides people and organizations.
Dr. Minor shows how homophobia and discrimination against
transgender and bisexual people and lesbians and gay
men is a major ingredient in our way of defining the
world. Without sparing any of our cultural institutions,
Scared Straight identifies our culture as fear-based
and in denial. Like software installed in a computer,
our system's messages install a "straight role"
in us that actually has little, if anything, to do with
sexual orientation. In the end it has little to do with
religion, tradition, or the Bible, and everything to
do with maintaining quite limiting definitions of a
"human being," a "real man" and
a "real woman."
Being straight, torn from their full human
potential, and squeezed into molds that support our
dominant institutions, hurts people of all sexual orientations.
Human relationships with either sex are incomplete and
unfulfilling. Chapters on "How to Be Straight"
and "How to Be Gay" describe the roles straight
and gay people are conditioned to live in order to maintain
this status quo. Yet, not content to merely identify
the problem and its depth, in the final chapter Dr.
Minor describes the dual elements of healing that this
cultural disease requires.
His comments about the place of religion in these discussions
are refreshing and potent. One reviewer said, Read
this book, if only for the first chapter. I've never
seen a more concise explanation of why neither Christians
nor Atheists should be using the Bible to argue for
or against us queers."
Reviews are appearing throughout the country and the
University of Kansas Religious Studies Professor has
appeared as a guest on talk shows such as the Kathleen
Dunn show on Wisconsin Public Radio, September
4, and the Greg Freeman Show, St. Louis on the
Air, October 17 on public radios KWMU.
Professor Minor makes a lively, insightful guest. For
a media kit and copy of the book contact the distributor,
The Fairness Project, at the above address
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