For more than three decades, clinical psychologist, Don Clark, has been speaking to the hearts and minds of gay people, their families, friends, teachers and helpers in the many editions of Loving Someone Gay.
With compassion he has promoted communication across generations as well as revealing a path of understanding and reconciliation for parents, siblings, husbands and wives as well as among religious leaders, teachers, librarians, legislators, judges, and law enforcement agencies. Most important, he has provided vital insight into the psychodynamics and sociology of individuals, the gay men and lesbians who have been and continue to be misunderstood and abused in societies around the world.
He has said: "In this age of global misunderstanding in which we see old habits of prejudice and bigotry coming into question finally, the world cries out for communication and empathy. The time has come for any person who believes she or he is rational to offer a helping hand to a gay sister or brother, here or there, known or unknown. Previously unquestioned rules are changing. No person is free to dare to be exactly who she or he is until that person is willing to offer understanding, respect and affection to the gay person who yearns only for that same freedom."
With this latest updated edition of his famous book, Dr. Clark shines a clear light into our future in the twenty-first century.
This seemed like a looong book. It covers this issue from almost every conceivable angle. This may be good, but if you are looking for specific info, like how to love a gay child if you are a parent, or vice-versa, you are going to have to wade through a lot of tangential information to get there. In a print edition, you can easily skip around to find the info that interests you, but that is harder to do with an audio book. Also, a big chunk of this book is about loving yourself if you are gay, or what it is like to be gay (the author is gay). This might be helpful if you are gay, especially if you are feeling insecure about your identity. However, if you are not gay, this info might be less helpful, or maybe less relevant, though it is obviously of some use to understand a little bit about how it feels to be gay. This book could easily be broken up into two or three books, with the first book called, "Being Gay." I felt the reading of the book was a little bit robotic or mechanical.
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This book have me a very detailed perspective of the history of how gay people have felt through the years.
This was a very detailed and comprehensive account of the gay experience, the journey to personal authenticity as a gay person and the ways to understand, interact and support gay people positively.
It offered information, explanations and tools that can benefit the gay individual, their family and friends, working professionals and society at large. It was a thoroughly informative and enjoyable book. I highly recommend it to anyone who is committed to understanding and dealing with gay people with the same care, dignity and respect afforded to the general population.