NASW Press Book Seeks to Educate about Homophobia and LGBT Acceptance
Author Ann Marie Petrocelli Writes to Help LGBT People and Others
WASHINGTON, DC (March 21, 2012)â€”NASW Press is proud to announce the release of Prejudice to Pride: Moving from Homophobia to Acceptance by Ann Marie Petrocelli. Petrocelli charts a path from ignorance and lies about gay and lesbian issues toward knowledge and acceptance of the gay and lesbian community. She draws on the experiences and acquired wisdom of gay men and lesbians to educate her readers on the reality of their lives. The goal is to promote understanding and support of the LGBT community.
“I wrote the book to combat the stereotypes of gay and lesbian people,” says Petrocelli. “When society comes to understand the intrinsic worth and beauty of gay and lesbian people, it will see that discrimination is wrong and that protections and civil rights belong to all people. I hope this book will inform and inspire educators, students, and lay people.”
Prejudice to Pride includes chapters on:
- Heterosexist parents’ influence on their gay children’s lives
- How gay people remain closeted or come out
- Coming out
- The role of organized religious leaders in preventing equality for gay men and lesbians
- The past labeling of homosexuality as a mental disorder and its effects on gay people’s mental health
- Damage caused by homophobia
- Attitudes and beliefs and gay advocacy and equality
Prejudice to Pride will serve educators, students, social work professionals, and the general reader in increasing their understanding of LGBT issues.
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