Lesbians, gays, & the empowerment perspective by Carol Thorpe Tully

By Carol Thorpe Tully

The main complete source so far at the equipment of empowerment with lesbian and homosexual consumers, this ebook explores the historical past and politics of homosexual id and explains the foundation and improvement of the empowerment method in social paintings perform within the usa. After examining the different sorts of homophobia (individual, institutional, and internalized) and the way those are manifested in actual lifestyles occasions, Tully addresses the targeted wishes and concerns specific to 3 age teams: homosexual and lesbian adolescence, adults, and older consumers. the writer bargains useful purposes for the social employee and consumer on the micro-, mezzo-, and macro-levels, from assisting a teenage consumer 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 staff and canopy every thing from defining difficulties, selecting the underlying matters inflicting them, knowing the function of homophobia, and the appliance of the empowerment viewpoint.

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Utopian communities offering free love gave members a chance to be involved in a variety of sexual relationships from monogamy to polygamy. And, while even utopian communities considered same-sex couples as immoral, same-sex unions that patterned themselves after the ideals of romantic marriage were also evident throughout the century (D’Emilio and Freedman 1988; Faderman 1982). The newly evolving social order provided numerous opportunities for same-sex coupling. While romantic friendships among women were considered quite a middle-class to upper-class phenomena, men in coal mining camps and newly developing western towns were often left in settings with few, if any, women.

HIV/AIDS had an immediate and significant impact on all aspects of both the gay male and lesbian communities as well as in the larger nongay society. There was an initial denial of the severity of HIV/AIDS in the gay male community. When hundreds and then thousands of young, previously healthy gay men began dying, gay men and lesbians joined forces not only to provide caregiving services to those who were sick, but also to challenge the political and social forces that were keeping promising drugs from being developed and made available.

From the end of the Civil War in 1865 until the turn of the century the industrial revolution was at its peak. Industries increased threefold from the first half of the century, the value of manufactured goods increased by seven, and the number of wage earners increased four times. Formal education was expanded so that by 1899 there were 20,000 female undergraduates in colleges around the country. The population swelled to 75 million persons by 1900, the Native Americans had been driven off their land, the frontier had vanished, and reconstruction and segregation had done little to assist the African American (Smith and Smith 1988; Trattner 1994).

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