"You Can Tell Just By Looking": And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People (Queer Ideas/Queer Action)

By Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini, Michael Amico

2014 Lambda Literary Award Finalist: LGBT Nonfiction

Breaks down the main normally held misconceptions approximately lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender humans and their lives
In “You Can inform simply by Looking” three students and activists come jointly to unpack enduring, renowned, and deeply held myths approximately lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender humans, tradition, and existence in the USA. Myths, comparable to “All Religions Condemn Homosexuality” and “Transgender everyone is Mentally Ill,” were used to justify discrimination and oppression of LGBT humans. Others, comparable to “Homosexuals Are Born That Way,” were embraced through LGBT groups and their allies. In discussing and dispelling those myths—including gay-positive ones—the authors problem readers to query their very own ideals and to grapple with the complexities of what it skill to be queer within the broadest social, political, and cultural feel.

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This booklet makes room for dissenting positions and reports that exist already on the planet, yet too usually get ignored of either anti- and pro-LGBT myths. In many ways, this can be a “how to” ebook for those that are arguing within the public area approximately problems with LGBT existence and rights. we offer readers with the concrete details, historic proof, and arguments they should counter any of those myths in dialog or political discussions. Undercutting the inaccuracy and tool of a fable isn't really easily approximately correcting incorrect information. one in every of our objectives is to grapple with the complexities of what it skill to be LGBT within the broadest social, emotional, mental, political, cultural, and private experience. this is the reason debunking all of the myths during this booklet ability putting them in as huge and inclusive a context as attainable, together with how they relate to LGBT in addition to instantly humans. during this regard, there's extra uncomfortable similarities than adjustments among how pro-LGBT myths and anti-LGBT myths paintings within the broader tradition. Myths are fueled via ambiguities and uncertainties round basic, but complicated, human realities that have an effect on how we are living on this planet. Gender and sexuality will not be reducible to the birds and the bees, nor to organic styles and responses. Gender and sexuality are jam-packed with ambivalences and instabilities that pose extra questions and percentages than the binary different types male or girl, instantly or homosexual let. That’s why humans get so disillusioned through them, or are involved, even obsessed, through them. there isn't any natural human sexuality or gender open air of the area that offers it that means and function. for every fable, we speak about how and why it got here into being and clarify why its incorrect information is still attractive to humans. Arguably, anxieties over gender and sexuality condense a lot higher anxieties approximately what it potential to have a physique and be depending on different bodies—on different people—for our very survival. one of many purposes immediately humans have such a lot of questions on LGBT humans is they lack actual wisdom and figuring out in their personal sexuality. The questions they ask approximately LGBT everyone is frequently the unasked questions, fears, and desires approximately their very own sexuality and gender. regardless of the superiority of intercourse in US media and shopper tradition, we nonetheless reside in a tradition that has a tricky time forthrightly discussing sexual matters. Myths are a fashion for those lurking anxieties and inquiries to be raised, mentioned, and wishfully resolved. Over the process this booklet, readers could be taken via an encyclopedic diversity of fabrics. during this approach, the publication features as a crash path in principles and literature approximately LGBT lifestyles. we'll be drawing on complaints, medical and sociological experiences, statistical analyses, histories, literary texts, and pop culture. Readers can strategy the twenty-one myths through following the unfastened topical clusters, or they could pass off-grid and chart their very own paths. both process will make clear the domino impact of misunderstandings impeding LGBT humans and lives.

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