On Being Gay: Thoughts on Family, Faith, and Love

Brian McNaught, Author
Brian McNaught, Author St. Martin's Press $13.95 (176p) ISBN 978-0-312-01800-9
Reviewed on: 07/01/1988
Release date: 07/01/1988
McNaught maintains that much of homosexual culture is oppressive, little more than a defensive reaction to heterosexual prejudice. This collection of articles (half of which are reprinted from his 1981 book A Disturbed Peace) is designed to help gay men and lesbians accept themselves. His open letter to anti-gay crusader Anita Bryant sets the tone. One essay, ``I Like It,'' is a declaration of gay pride. ``Sick of Hearing About AIDS'' combines safe-sex guidelines and moral support. McNaught, who has served as liaison in Boston between the mayor and the city's gay community, offers practical advice on meeting other gays, finding a lover, forging lasting relationships and dealing with one's family. He also discusses coming out, growing up gay and coping with rituals like proms. The individual articles cohere into a warm, supportive self-help manual. (July)
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