When Someone You Know Gay

Susan Cohen, Author, Daniel Cohen, With M. Evans and Company $13.95 (170p) ISBN 978-0-87131-567-0
This book performs a needed service; while gay teens will read it, learn and feel less alone, the target audience is the friends and classmates of gays. The authors' views are that homosexuality just happens, and that friends shouldn't try to change others: ``You can make someone miserable but you can't make them straight.'' The book offers specifics of what gays do, defines the differences between gays, transvestites and transsexuals, discusses gay rights, gay pride and the current AIDS epidemic. Historical and religious attitudes are included (e.g., misinterpretations of Biblical texts), but the emphasis is on understanding. The authors call being gay ``a social disaster'' in high schools, and commiserate with the special difficulties of not being old enough to navigate gay culture. About accepting and helping a friend who ``comes out,'' they laud loyalty but are realistic, advising readers that if they can't remain friends with gays, they must at least observe rules of respect and privacy. Included are a list of organizations, books and films. Ages 12-up. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1989
Release date: 04/01/1989
Genre: Children's
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