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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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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
A self-help book for parents and teens-to-early-twenties on coming out. Chastity Bono (daughter of Cher and Sonny) interweaves the story of her own experience with her parents with those of many others, offering practical advice on seeing yourself as normal (parents and kids alike). This is a frank account of her own and others' rites of passage, and a clear case for the acknowledgement being a form of empowerment for herself and others, parent and child.See all Product description
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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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