June 15, 2002

Book Review - The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World

A gay psychologist demonstrates how to heal the trauma of being a gay man in an uncompromisingly straight world.

Whether he is flamboyantly fashionable with a body chiseled to perfection or chronically dissatisfied and without lasting relationships, the stereotypical extremes of male gay behavior are fueled by the same dark force: shame. The inevitable byproduct of growing up gay in a straight man's world, the experience of shame in childhood and adolescence sends a boy the message that he is other and that he is worthless. To avoid feeling shameful later in life-and even after he is no longer explicitly shamed by his sexuality-a gay man will quietly rage against the memory of this message and strive to excel dramatically to prove it wrong. The stereotypical manifestation of this inner battle is a gay man's success in the arts, fashion and in his body image; as with all the other forms of beauty, creativity and success, he is hiding behind the facades he creates.

Building on the collected psychological research and the author's own experience of the past twenty years, The Velvet Rage will help gay men profoundly understand their dichotomous extremes. Explaining the psychological underpinnings of the forces at play in their lives, it also offers helpful strategies to stop the insidious cycle of avoidance and rage. Empowering and validating, The Velvet Rage will influence the public discourse on gay culture and positively change the lives of gay men who read it.

June 14, 2002

Book Review - Coming Out Every Day : A Gay, Bisexual, and Questioning Man's Guide

Customer Review

As a 26 year old guy just coming to terms with my sexual orientation, this book provided the guidance I needed to accept who I was as a gay man and the support I needed to come out to my best friend. Dr. Johnson has put together a great book from start to finish. Not just a book of advice, this book makes you look at your life and do a personal inventory. I've also read "Outing Yourself" but found this book to be better. If you are questioning your sexual orientation, or just need a great guide book to coming out gay or bisexual, this book is for you! Thank you, Dr. Johnson, for writing this book!

June 13, 2002

Book Review - Gender Outlaw : On Men, Women and the Rest of Us (Vintage)

Part coming-of-age story, part mind-altering manifesto on gender and sexuality, coming directly to you from the life experiences of a transsexual woman, Gender Outlaw breaks all the rules and leaves the reader forever changed.26 black-and-white illustrations.

June 11, 2002

Book Review - Feminizing Hormonal Therapy For The Transgendered

Feminizing Hormonal Therapy For The Transgendered, the most highly-read and recommended book on the feminization of the transgendered, has been expanded and updated to include the most effective feminizing hormonal regimens and recent research findings. Vital, accurate and insightful information on safe and effective hormonal regimens, realistic expectations and possible complications are candidly addressed by gynecologic surgeon, Sheila Kirk, MD. Natural hormones, measurement and self-exam guidelines and answers to the most commonly asked questions are also featured.

June 09, 2002

Book Review - Transgender Warriors : Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman

Leslie Feinberg has been a leader in the transgender rights movement as long as such a movement has existed. This book is both deeply personal and widely researched. Feinberg examines perceptions of the body, the status of clothing, and the structures of societies that welcome or are threatened by gender variance. The portrait gallery that closes the book contains photographs and capsule biographies of contemporary transgendered people.