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Is it a choice? : answers to 300 of the most frequently asked questions about gay and lesbian people
Marcus, Eric.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
[San Francisco, Calif.] : HarperSanFrancisco, [1999]

Physical Description:
xvi, 224 pages ; 21 cm
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HQ76.3.U5 M35 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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There Is No Such Thing As a Stupid Question In this newly revised edition, Eric Marcus provides insightful, no-nonsense answers to hundreds of the most commonly asked questions about homosexuality. Offering frank insight on everything you've always wanted-and needed-to know about same-gender relationships, coming out, family roles, politics, and much more, including: How do you know if you're gay or lesbian? What should you do if your child is gay or lesbian? Do gay parents raise gay children? If you think a friend is gay or lesbian, what should you say? Why do gay men and women want to get married? What does the Bible say about homosexuality?

Author Notes

Eric Marcus coauthored with Greg Louganis Breaking the Surface, the #1 New York Times bestseller, and is the author of Together Forever, The Male Couple's Guide, and Making History. Visit the author online at

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
1 The Basicsp. 1
2 Self-Discovery: Growing Upp. 27
3 Coming Out: Going Publicp. 40
4 Family and Childrenp. 53
5 Datingp. 72
6 Relationships and Marriagep. 78
7 Workp. 99
8 The Militaryp. 109
9 Where Gay and Lesbian People Livep. 115
10 Socializing and Friendsp. 121
11 Religionp. 130
12 Discrimination and Antigay Violencep. 145
13 Sexp. 152
14 The Mass Media: Movies, Television, Printp. 163
15 Sportsp. 169
16 Educationp. 173
17 Politics, Activism, and Gay and Lesbian Rightsp. 181
18 AIDSp. 192
19 Agingp. 198
20 More Questionsp. 204
Bibliographyp. 213
Resourcesp. 216
Indexp. 218