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By Carol Thorpe Tully

The main finished source up to now at the tools of empowerment with lesbian and homosexual consumers, this e-book explores the background and politics of homosexual id and explains the foundation and improvement of the empowerment technique in social paintings perform within the usa. After interpreting the different sorts of homophobia (individual, institutional, and internalized) and the way those are manifested in genuine lifestyles occasions, Tully addresses the designated wishes and concerns specific to 3 age teams: homosexual and lesbian early life, adults, and older consumers. the writer bargains useful purposes for the social employee and patron on the micro-, mezzo-, and macro-levels, from assisting a teenage purchaser to find a private sexual orientation (micro), to organizing a social occasion for lesbians and gays (mezzo), to construction a neighborhood coalition (macro). Eye-opening case reports are supplied for every age crew and canopy every little thing from defining difficulties, picking the underlying concerns inflicting them, figuring out the function of homophobia, and the appliance of the empowerment point of view.

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The postmodern era reflects a time of contradictions where great strides toward the acceptance of homosexuality are juxtaposed against a time of increasing political and religious conservatism condemning homosexuality as a sin and a behavioral choice. This section explores the postmodern era in the lesbian and gay community and traces the evolution of views related to that community. From 1969 to the end of the century there has 32 Homosexuality in Historical Perspective been a gradual move away from the prevailing view of homosexuality as a mental illness to one that holds the behavior as innate and normal.

28 Homosexuality in Historical Perspective As noted, at the end of the nineteenth century the concept of same-sex romantic friendships was beginning to be characterized as a perversion or illness. This view of homosexuality as an illness paralleled the increasing reliance on the medical establishment’s ideas of scientific thought regarding sexuality that were usurping the more traditional views of the clergy. With science it was thought possible to define human behavior and therefore it was equally possible to define “normal” human behavior.

Encouraged by the empowerment felt following the riots, gays and lesbians entered into the 1970s with a spirit of radicalism that propelled them into the streets and into the boards of such groups as the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Such action, unheard of prior to 1969, would, in the 1970s, result in the development of annual Gay Pride marches and the elimination of homosexuality as a mental disorder in the third edition of the APA’s diagnostic manual of mental disorders. The 1970s also saw the development of thousands of organizations devoted solely to the gay community.

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