Gay Believers: Homosexuality and Religion
by Emily Sanna
Genre: Religion & Spirituality; Young Adult Nonfiction
Publisher: Mason Crest
Format: Trade Paperback
No. of Pages: 64
Series: Gallup’s Guide to Modern Gay, Lesbian, & Transgender Lifestyle
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For centuries, organized religion has been a main force behind the prejudice and rejection of the LGBT community. Members of this community have struggled with the conflicts of being both religious and gay, but many are beginning to find support and inclusion. Learn about how the worlds major religious traditions view homosexuality and how many have grown to accept LGBT people as they are. From School Library Journal Grade 6 UpWhile these series titles leave out a key group, bisexuals, they cover a wide range of topics. The advice is solid and can easily be found elsewhere, but the books are easy to read, up-to-date, and include personal stories that many readers will relate to. Religion discusses homosexuality in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Each book includes photographs; charts; sidebars with additional pertinent information such as definitions and anecdotes; extensive bibliographies; links to useful websites; and book suggestions. Unfortunately, some of the charts are not easy to decipher, and some of the photograph captions contradict the texts. For the most part, though, the information is clearly presented without being too dry. Sarah K. Allen, Elko Middle School, Sandston, VA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. –This text refers to the Library Binding edition. From Booklist Part of the new Gallups Guide to Modern Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Lifestyle series, this short introduction to homosexuality and religion offers younger teens an objective and thoughtful look at a controversial issue. Colorful sidebars with catchy labels offer definitions of words used in the text (Whats that mean? ) as well as supplemental material (Extra info). Links to websites and short bibliographies at the end of each chapter offer more resources to explore five major religions. Colorful photos of religious art add to the text, though the few photos of actual people are less successful, with a notably awkward image of two young people cautiously opening a closet door and peering out to illustrate the stress of coming out of the closet in a religious family. Sanna frequently tells a story to illustrate her point, with quotes from both young gay believers and religious leaders. Short sentences and large print make this suitable for middle-school curriculum or for less-advanced readers. For older readers, try Kevin Hillstroms Religion and Sexuality (2008), from the Opposing Viewpoints series. Grades 6-10. –Debbie Carton –This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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