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The Resource Children of Horizons : how gay and lesbian teens are leading a new way out of the closet, Gilbert Herdt and Andrew Boxer

Children of Horizons : how gay and lesbian teens are leading a new way out of the closet, Gilbert Herdt and Andrew Boxer

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Children of Horizons : how gay and lesbian teens are leading a new way out of the closet
Title
Children of Horizons
Title remainder
how gay and lesbian teens are leading a new way out of the closet
Statement of responsibility
Gilbert Herdt and Andrew Boxer
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Language
eng
Summary
At Horizons, a lesbian and gay social service agency in Chicago, teens gather weekly to get support and share experiences as they begin the process of coming out. When they first join the group, they are often tentative, lonely, and even suicidal as they face the threat of rejection by family and friends. Gilbert Herdt, an anthropologist, and Andrew Boxer, a developmental psychologist, spent two years studying a diverse group of teens at Horizons. In both personal portraits and accounts of group meetings and activities, the authors follow the youth along a path that takes them from loneliness and secrecy to active participation in public gay and lesbian culture. The authors found that the majority of the youth attending the group were not confused about their sexuality; rather they were fearful and unsure about how to express themselves in an intensely homophobic society. When they feel free to come out of the closet, they emerge from this process both psychologically healthy and as socially competent as their heterosexual peers. For the first time in history, self-identified gay and lesbian youth are coming out while they are still in their teenage years. Despite this unprecedented cultural development, there is almost no information available on their lives. As an invisible minority, stereotypes about them still abound: they are confused, or mentally ill, or corrupted and seduced by older homosexuals into a secret society. Children of Horizons is a groundbreaking study that confronts these myths about gay and lesbian youth and explores their real experiences of coming out. Herdt and Boxer have uncovered an important generational change as attitudes about sexual identity are beginning to free our youth from a crippling self-doubt. This study of a new generation of courageous teenagers promises to change the way people understand gay men and lesbians in American society today
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DLC
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1949-
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Herdt, Gilbert H.
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1952-
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Boxer, Andrew
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  • Gay teenagers
  • Coming out (Sexual orientation)
  • Closeted gays
Label
Children of Horizons : how gay and lesbian teens are leading a new way out of the closet, Gilbert Herdt and Andrew Boxer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Birth of a Culture: An Introduction -- Ch. 2. From Homosexual to Gay in Chicago: Transformations of a Culture -- Ch. 3. "Horizons" and the Youth -- Ch. 4. The Rituals of Coming Out -- Ch. 5. Milestones of Sexual Identity Development -- Ch. 6. Being Out -- Ch. 7. Conclusion: Gay Culture and the Moral Career of Youth
Control code
27143743
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 290 pages
Isbn
9780807079287
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1529458
Label
Children of Horizons : how gay and lesbian teens are leading a new way out of the closet, Gilbert Herdt and Andrew Boxer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Birth of a Culture: An Introduction -- Ch. 2. From Homosexual to Gay in Chicago: Transformations of a Culture -- Ch. 3. "Horizons" and the Youth -- Ch. 4. The Rituals of Coming Out -- Ch. 5. Milestones of Sexual Identity Development -- Ch. 6. Being Out -- Ch. 7. Conclusion: Gay Culture and the Moral Career of Youth
Control code
27143743
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 290 pages
Isbn
9780807079287
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1529458

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