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


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Michael Bronski (Cambridge, Massachusetts) has written extensively on LGBT issues for four decades. He is the author of several award-winning books, including most recently A Queer History of the United States. He is Professor of the Practice in Activism and Media in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University.

Ann Pellegrini (New York, New York) is professor of performance studies and religious studies at New York University, where she also directs NYU’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. She has written extensively about religion, sexuality, and US public life. Her publications include Performance Anxieties and the coauthored book Love the Sin.


Michael Amico (New Haven, Connecticut) is a PhD candidate in American studies at Yale University, and is writing a history of the love between two men in the Civil War. He has written for LGBT youth publications, such as Young Gay America, and provided political analysis for the Boston Phoenix and other venues.

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Table of Contents


Part 1: Living in the World

Myth 1: You Can Tell Who’s Gay Just by Looking

Myth 2: About 10 Percent of People Are Gay or Lesbian

Myth 3: All Transgender People Have Sex-Reassignment Surgery

Part 2: Cause and Effect

Myth 4: Sexual Abuse Causes Homosexuality

Myth 5: Most Homophobes Are Repressed Homosexuals

Myth 6: Transgender People Are Mentally Ill

Myth 7: Homosexuals Are Born That Way

Part 3: Troublemakers

Myth 8: LGBT Parents Are Bad for Children

Myth 9: Same-Sex Marriage Harms Traditional Marriage

Myth 10: All Religions Condemn Homosexuality

Myth 11: Gay Rights Infringe on Religious Liberty

Myth 12: People of Color Are More Homophobic Than White People

Part 4: It’s Just a Phase

Myth 13: Lesbians Do Not Have Real Sex

Myth 14: All Bisexual Men Are Actually Gay; All Bisexual Women Are Actually Straight

Myth 15: Transgender People Are Gay

Myth 16: There’s No Such Thing as a Gay or Trans Child

PART 5: Struggling in the World

Myth 17: Positive Visibility in the Media Increases Tolerance and Acceptance of LGBT People

Myth 18: Coming Out Today Is Easier Than Ever Before

Myth 19: Antidiscrimination Laws in the United States Protect LGBT People

Myth 20: Hate Crime Laws Prevent Violence against LGBT People

Myth 21: Getting Tested on a Regular Basis Helps Prevent the Spread of HIV



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Bronski, Michael
Beacon Press (MA)
Amico, Michael
Pellegrini, Ann
Lesbian Studies
Gay and Lesbian-General
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