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Family Outing: A Guide to the Coming-out Process for Gays, Lesbians and Their Families Paperback – 25 Jun 1999


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (25 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330377353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330377355
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,382,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Family Outing is two books in one: a memoir of Chastity Bono's experience coming out as a lesbian to her famous parents and a look at the difficulties and triumphs that are part of every uncloseted homosexual's family life, with narratives drawn from interviews with members of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Sometimes the two projects work against each other, but for the most part, Bono is right in assuming that her story reflects something larger in the culture and that others' stories, in turn, bear on her own experience. Readers skimming for intimate details about the mother-daughter conflict between Cher and Chastity won't be disappointed by Bono's sensitively written account. For a long time, Cher overlooked the troubling evidence of her daughter's emerging sexual identity: "Instead, she focused on superficial issues that bothered her: my short hair, my mannish clothes, my weight." Their relationship deteriorated and it was Sonny to whom Chastity eventually confided; ironically, the father who offered immediate, warm acceptance of his daughter's lesbianism would later sponsor the "1996 Defense of Marriage Act" in the US House of Representatives. -- Regina Marler, Amazon.com

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Chaz Salvatore Bono is an American advocate, writer and musician. He is the only child of American entertainers Sonny and Cher.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Oct 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a book I highly recommend as reading it can help extremely lonely people (and the closet is a VERY lonely place) feel like part of a much wider community.
This book IS empowerment
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Aug 1999
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I really enjoyed 'Family Outing' (and not just for the insight on Cher!). The book relates Chastity Bono's experiences of "coming out" in the public eye, and also her parents' reactions. There are also coming out stories from gay men and lesbians from a variety of different backgrounds, and it is fascinating to read about their - and their parents - different coping mechanisms. Overall, 'Family Outing' is an inspiring read for gay people (and probably their parents too), and I would thoroughly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "jayne10" on 10 Jan 2006
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I had only just realised I was gay when I bought this book and to say I found it useful is an understatement. It was extremely well written and very easy to read. The coming out stories from other people give a balanced feel to the book - so it's not too positive or too negative. I'm not sure I'm ready to come out yet, but I feel much more prepeared for it after reading this book.
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This book gives the views of many different people and their coming out stories including Chastity's (now Chaz) with different cultures, situations, stages of coming out, with people of all ages and responses of doing so covered, everyone will find something that you will relate to whether you have come out in the process of coming out or debating if you should or not
I had come out before I found this book and was one of the lucky ones with no bad responses it would have helped me if I had not come out before. But has helped me see what some people have to go through to be who they are this is an essential book for anyone that is gay lesbian or bisexual out or not.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Much-needed Resource and Guide 11 July 2001
By Paige Turner - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a shame that this book, along with Betty DeGeneres' "Love, Ellen" book, weren't available 20-30 years ago. These books could have saved thousands of gays and lesbians and their parents much pain and anguish. Coming out is never easy, but this book and Betty's can help to serve as a great starting point. Chastity talks about her own coming-out process; most importantly, she includes coming-out testimonies from ordinary, every-day folks. Sensitively written, this book is a valuable tool. To those who cannot bring themselves to disclose, buy this book for help and guidance. To those who cannot bring themselves to accept, buy this book (and Betty's too), and become enlightened.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Isn't frilly and foolish ... exceptional 6 July 2001
By Thomas Ligotti Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Family Outing is an exceptional book. Chastity Bono is real, honest, and upfront. Not only does she tell us what it was like to "come out" to her famous parents (Sonny and Cher), but tells the stories of many ordinary, down-to-earth people. Chastity comes across as the type of person you could curl up on the sofa and just shoot the breeze. Just a great person.
Ms. Bono has written a book that isn't depressing, isn't frilly and foolish, yet is emotionally bound without all the goos and gaas.
I recommend Family Outing highly. Some day it'll be compulsive reading in schools. Excellent job, Chastity.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I was reading about my own life 15 Aug 2000
By Brookster31 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The tears that rolled down my cheeks as I read through this book were a reminder to me that I was certainly not alone when it came to "outing" myself to friends and family. Because this comes straight from real life experiences, you take the ride with Chastity and those amazing people she spoke to throughout her book and read about their various experiences in "coming out". I know that many people of all ages who have or are going to "come out" should at least try to read this amazing book because believe me, it made me a lot wiser, stronger and confident and finally telling my family and friends that I was a lesbian not only became easier but gave me a real sence of freedom to finally be me.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Invaluable tool for gays, lesbians, their family & friends 15 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Family Outing is a smart and much-needed book. Chastity Bono's own story of the coming out process is told along with the stories of many other lesbians and gays at different phases of the process. This book is for absolutely everyone--a daughter can read it and then hand it over to her father, for example--and it is designed to be passed around. As Chastity Bono said at a book signing in New York: "Coming out is really a family affair." Buy this book for your family!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A good guide, and bio but 19 Mar 2003
By Ledazan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a good "double" book--a coming out guide and a biography of Chastity Bono in one. Written in a straight-forward, clear manner and peppered with interviews from other out gays and lesbians, "Family Outing" is ultimately eye-opening and supportive.
However, I didn't give it five stars because it was often repetitive (i.e. a blurb about denying oneself, then a section of interviews from people who denied their true selves, then Bono's account of how she denied what she really was, and then a section reiterating why you shouldn't deny who you really are) and I would have liked to learn more about Bono's life in addition to her struggles coming out of the closet. (But I guess there's more of her life in her other book, The End of Innocence? I guess I'll have to check that one out).
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