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You Can Tell Just by Looking And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People

ISBN-10: 0807042455
ISBN-13: 9780807042458
Edition: 2013
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Description: Breaks down the most commonly held misconceptions about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their lives "You Can Tell Just by Looking" unpacks enduring, popular, and deeply held myths about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 10/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Breaks down the most commonly held misconceptions about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their lives "You Can Tell Just by Looking" unpacks enduring, popular, and deeply held myths about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, culture, and life in America. Some of these myths, such as "all religions condemn homosexuality," have been used to justify discrimination and oppression of LGBT people. Other myths, such as "LGBT people are born that way," have been adopted by LGBT communities and their allies. By discussing and dispelling these myths—including gay-positive ones—the authors challenge readers to question their own beliefs and to grapple with the complexities of what it means to be queer in the broadest social, political, and cultural sense.

Daniel Boyarin is Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture in the departments of Near Eastern studies and rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also an affiliated faculty member in the women's studies department and gay and lesbian studies program. He is the author of Unheroic Conduct: The Rise of Heterosexuality and the Invention of the Jewish Man.Daniel Itzkovitz is associate professor of English at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. He has published articles on Jewish studies, queer theory, and American literature and is the editor of a new edition of Fannie Hurst's Imitation of Life.Ann Pellegrini is associate professor of religious studies and performance studies at New York University. She is the author of Performance Anxieties: Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race.

Introduction
Living in the World
You Can Tell Who's Gay Just by Looking
About 10 Percent of People Are Gay or Lesbian
All Transgender People Have Sex-Reassignment Surgery
Cause and Effect
Sexual Abuse Causes Homosexuality
Most Homophobes Are Repressed Homosexuals
Transgender People Are Mentally Ill
Homosexuals Are Born That Way
Troublemakers
LGBT Parents Are Bad for Children
Same-Sex Marriage Harms Traditional Marriage
All Religions Condemn Homosexuality
Gay Bights Infringe on Religious Liberty
People of Color Are More Homophobic Than White People
It's Just a Phase
Lesbians Do Not Have Real Sex
All Bisexual Men Are Actually Gay; All Bisexual Women Are Actually Straight
Transgender People Are Gay
There's No Such Thing as a Gay or Trans Child
Struggling in the World
Positive Visibility in the Media Increases Tolerance and Acceptance of LGBT People
Coming Out Today Is Easier Than Ever Before
Antidiscrimination Laws in the United States Protect LGBT People
Hate Crime Laws Prevent Violence against LGBT People
Getting Tested on a Regular Basis Helps Prevent the Spread of HIV
Acknowledgments
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