For Immediate Release

Contact: Catherine J. Kelly
Publicist for Dr. Robert Minor
(816) 769-4139 or

Scared Straight Author to Lead July 28-August 3 Workshop at New Mexico’s Ghost Ranch
“Getting Unstuck” Course to Facilitate Progress in Gender and Sexual Orientation Debate

Kansas City, MO, April 23, 2003. Take the breathtaking scenery of Northern New Mexico captured by Georgia O’Keefe, the unique opportunities of the Ghost Ranch Conference Center in Abiquiu, and the nationally renowned depth of teaching of the author of Scared Straight, and you have the perfect setting for renewed progress on issues of gender and sexual orientation.

Dr. Robert N. Minor, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas and author of the book Scared Straight: Why It’s So Hard to Accept Gay People and Why It’s So Hard to Be Human (St. Louis: HumanityWorks!), will teach “Getting Unstuck: Making Progress on Sexual Orientation and Gender Issues” (T772) July 28-August 3 at Ghost Ranch education and retreat center in Abiquiu, New Mexico.

“No matter how much has been said on the subject, no matter how many books have been written, no matter how long now this has been discussed, the first question is: Why aren’t we beyond this issue? The second question is, how can we make real progress in discussing issues of gender and sexism, and issues of sexuality and the acceptance of lesbians, gay men, and bisexual and transgender people?” So asks Dr. Minor.

Minor wrote Scared Straight as a result of ten years of workshops on homophobia and gender issues. Its purpose is to get beyond and behind the “stuckness” of the discussion, to examine: “what’s really going on but not being said.” Within a month of publication the book was named “Book of the Week” by the premier men’s issues website: In 2002 it was a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and an Independent Publisher Book Award.

“Ghost Ranch is the perfect place to think, process, and find one’s own comfortable place in this debate,” Minor adds. “We’ll be working hard in the mornings and centering our discussion around videos in the evenings. The afternoons are for relaxing, hiking, and reflecting. It’s an ideal setting for a vacation that brings renewal and a re-creation.”

The Ghost Ranch catalogue description reads: “this seminar will allow participants to explore personal and social issues that keep them from being creatively engaged. Why are we often polarized in debate, instead of engaged in dialogue, on the issues of the acceptance and affirmation of lesbians, gay men, and bisexual and transgender people? Why is it that people having these sexual orientations are ‘stuck’ as well?”

The seminar is open to people of all ages and sexual orientations including senior high students, young adults, pastors, counselors, to help facilitate dialogue in religious and non-religious groups, in congregations, campus ministries, senior high fellowships, and personal lives. It’s intended for people at both beginning and advanced levels of dealing with gender issues and homophobia
For further information, including housing and registration information, contact or (505) 685-4333. For information on the seminars and writings of Dr. Minor and The Fairness Project, as well as a press kit, go to