The subject of homosexuality is controversial; there are those who accept it as normal, and those who feel it is unacceptable. Many people believe homosexuality to be wrong from a religious perspective. There are also those individuals who have determined it is not for them, but feel people should have a right to choose. And then there are those with no opinion. You Aren't Alone: The Voices of Homosexuality is written to help a reader decide, without pressure, his or her own response to homosexuality.
The men and women who shared their stories for this book did so with a desire to help those searching for happiness. Reading these stories will likely bring tears to your eyes, laughter to your lips, or even anger to your soul. Reading about the lives of these courageous people, may help others decide on a path to take, realizing it has been traveled before. Others have been where you are at this very moment. You are not alone.
The book also includes a chapter on medical problems related to homosexuality, the history of homosexuality, and religious differences with respect to this subject. A glossary of terms is supplied as is an extensive bibliography.
Table of Contents
1. "I Tried but Failed"
2. "Mother, I'm Gay"
3. "O.K. Let's Get Real Here"
4. "I'll Think About It Later"
5. "Oh, God, Why Me?"
6. "There Weren't Enough Pills in the Bottle"
7. "Fatty, Fatty, Two by Four"
8. "In the Grip of Hell"
9. "I Didn't Understand"
10. "There Must Be a Way Out"
11. "Wine and Roses"
12. "You Can't Go Back"
13. People Who Help
14. Medical Problems Related to Homosexuality
15. History of Homosexuality
16. Religious Attitudes Towards Homosexuality
If you are a homosexual or are considering becoming one, you have opened the right page in the right book. You Aren't Alone: The Voices of Homosexuality is filled with stories of men and women who have perhaps walked in your path and even danced in your shoes. You may find a story somewhere in this book which will tug at your heart. You may also find yourself identifying with someone in the book and want to follow their path.
You Aren't Alone: The Voices of Homosexuality is not meant to bury you in a grave of guilt, inundate you with theological doctrine, or pass judgment on you. This book, the second in the You Aren't Alone series, is written for men and women who are presently living as homosexuals or are perhaps trying to decide if that way of living is best for them.
The men and women who shared their stories did so with a desire to help someone searching for happiness grasp their own golden ring. Each one requested that I share their names and addresses, but this is not possible. The names and locations in the book are not real; however, the stories are true, the people are real, the words are their own, and the circumstances are authentic.
Reading these stories will likely bring tears to your eyes, laughter to your lips, or even anger to your soul. In reading about the lives of these courageous people, you may decide on a path you wish to take, realizing it has been traveled before. Others have been where you are at this very moment. You are not alone.
Why have I written on this subject? I was asked to do so and was directed to follow the same format as in the first book, You Aren't Alone: The Voices of Abortion. When the call went out that I wished to interview men and women who were homosexuals or ex-homosexuals, I was amazed at the response. Much to my delight each person who contacted me was extremely happy this book was being written....
Today homosexuality is literally "out of the closet." The subject is approached in most social gatherings. Homosexual organizations have been established. Gay Pride parades dot the horizon. The media speaks with equanimity about homosexual life styles, plays are produced, movie and T.V. programs expound on the subject, and children are introduced to the topic in school.
Controversy over its correctness is causing considerable difficulties in church denominations as to whether it is religiously correct to accept homosexual pastors or to offer membership to openly gay men and lesbian women. Some mainline churches now look on the subject with such affirmation that they rewrite a marriage-like ceremony for those who wish it. There are several countries which have made gay marriage legal, and some of the states are now also legalizing same-sex unions....
Why does a little boy or girl profess to be a homosexual? What causes them to turn to the same sex? Why do so many endure the displeasure of, if not rejection by, their families, their society, and their church? You will hear how the men and women in this book discovered their own answers to these questions.
The men and women in the book are sharing their feelings, experiences, thoughts, and reasons for staying gay and lesbian. Some want to share why they decided to give up this way of life. By exposing their souls to friends and even strangers they want others to find the same path they did. They want others to know their present happiness. They want others to know their reality.
I wrote this book with a prayer asking the Lord to grant me a heart filled with love for people either homosexual or heterosexual; my desire that both would perceive it is not with judgment but with a desire to understand is why I began this inquiry. My prayer was for wisdom. My prayer is for sympathy. My prayer is that anyone who reads this book will find someone in it whose story will be of value.
I would ask everyone to read this book before he or she judges a homosexual person. Read it before you accept or reject a homosexual relative or friend. Most of all realize that homosexual people are breathing, loving, tax-paying, good people. And, dear homosexual friend, read the book and know that you are not alone.
Other books by Peggy Kirk, PTh.D.
You Aren't Alone: The Voices of Abortion
You Aren't Alone: The Voices of Addiction
Blue Dolphin Publishing, 2004
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