Synopses & Reviews
No matter how much you prepare, coming out as gay or lesbian is a difficult, emotional process -- a process that will continue long after the words are spoken and the secret is out. There's no magic formula, but Outing Yourself
by Michelangelo Signorile offers structure, guidance, and straightforward advice to all those:
WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH THEIR SEXUALITY AND UNSURE OF WHAT TO DO
WHO HAVE ACCEPTED THAT THEY ARE GAY BUT ARE STILL AFRAID TO COME OUT
WHO CONSIDER THEMSELVES OUT OF THE CLOSET BUT REALIZE THEY HAVE FARTHER TO GO
Signorile's 14-step program -- complete with exercises, meditation notes, and anger checks, as well as the accounts of the coming-out experiences of other lesbians and gay men -- shows how you can successfully handle this life-changing, life-renewing process. A guide for the coming-out journey, Outing Yourself will convince all who read it that, in the words of the author, "The stress of coming out will never be as hard on you as the stress of staying in was."
Torie Osborn The Los Angeles Times Book Review Signorile's book does a service simply by updating the crucial coming-out issue and analyzing, demystifying, and reframing it in a contemporary way appropriate to these complex times.
The Los Angeles Times Book Review
Signorile's book does a service simply by updating the crucial coming-out issue and analyzing, demystifying, and reframing it in a contemporary way appropriate to these complex times.
Chastity Bono The Advocate Magnificent...interesting and clear...Signorile takes your hand and gently guides you through the entire self-outing process.
The author of Queer in America and prominent Out magazine columnist offers a sensitive, easy-to-follow, 14-step program for coming out. "Signorile's book does a service simply by updating the crucial coming-out issue and analyzing, demystifying, and reframing it in a cotemporary way appropriate to these complex times".
About the Author
Michelangelo Signorile is the author of Queer in America and a columnist for Out magazine. He has also written for The New York Times, The Village Voice, USA Today, The Advocate, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, People, and The Face. He is a graduate of the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and he lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Betty Berzon, Ph.D.
PART I OUTING YOURSELF TO YOURSELF
Step 1. Identifying Yourself
Step 2. Recognizing Self-Loathing and Creating Self-Respect
Step 3. Learning the Truth About Being Gay
PART II OUTING YOURSELF TO OTHER GAY PEOPLE
Step 4. Meeting Other Gay People
Step 5. Developing a Family of Friends
PART III OUTING YOURSELF TO YOUR STRAIGHT FRIENDS
Step 6. Telling Your Best Friend
Step 7. Coming Out to Other Friends
PART IV OUTING YOURSELF TO YOUR FAMILY
Step 8. That First Talk
Step 9. Keeping the Discussion Going
Step 10. Bringing Home Your Gay Friends and Partners
PART V OUTING YOURSELF TO YOUR COWORKERS
Step 11. Understanding and Assessing the Sexual Nature of the Workplace
Step 12. Letting Coworkers Find Out
PART VI COMING OUT EVERY DAY
Step 13. Helping Others to Come Out
Step 14. Not Thinking About It at All