School Books on Homosexuality Present a Look at Gay Lifestyle
Philadelphia, PA (Vocus) April 16, 2010
Educational Publisher Mason Crest announces the creation of a pioneering series of books geared toward young adult students and older and focusing on a variety of topics surrounding gay lifestyle. The Gallup’s Modern Guide to Gay, Lesbian & Transgender Life will be available fall 2010. The series presents gay lifestyle in a positive tone as an accepted way of life, not as an “issue”. The 15 books comprising the series examine coming out, positive role models, and supportive communities. The series also covers the social and political stigma that gay people still face.
Dr. James T. Sears, former professor who has taught at Harvard, Penn State, and other universities, lectured author of 20 books, and international expert in the field of gay and lesbian studies and education, is the noted senior consulting editor on the series. He brings 27 years of vast experience on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender studies to the books, including founding editor of the Journal of LGBT Youth.
“Schools are here to educate and to do that properly, we must provide comprehensive information to students,” said Dr. Sears. “Currently we are miseducating kids by providing a hetero-centric learning environment. We teach everything from a ‘straight’ perspective, fearing discussing alternative sexual details of history, literature, science, etc. will pollute the educational setting. By opening up the learning environment to include a LGBT perspective we can allow kids of all sexual and gender orientations to gain a greater acceptance for peer differences.”
Mason Crest Publishers is at the forefront of societal issues; drug education, African American studies, mental disorders, etc. The company’s mission is to understand what subjects are under-published and then produce educational books that fully cover all aspects of those topics. Gay, lesbian and transgender lifestyle is on the top of that list.
“Forty years ago, homosexuality was considered a psychological disorder,” said Philip Cohen, CEO of Mason Crest. “Today it’s becoming an accepted part of our society, no longer something hidden and taboo. Homosexuality has come out of the closet and we are proud to be the pioneers of this new series to educate both heterosexual and gay students in a positive tone.”
This series of books is aimed toward the pre-teen and early teenage group of both homosexual and heterosexual tweens. It confronts the issues honestly, sympathetically, and without bias, offering young adults, whatever their sexual orientation, the necessary facts to build understanding and tolerance. That being said, discrimination, bullying and rejection are still very real issues facing today’s gay youth. According to a National School Climate Survey conducted by The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), 86.2% of LGBT students report being verbally harassed because of their sexual orientation.
“One fact about bullying that is often overlooked is that there must not only be a bully and a victim–but onlookers,” said Dr. Sears. “It is those who gaze on the bullying that fuels the bully to act. By teaching young people in all three of these groups that gender and sexuality cover a spectrum of expression, we extinguish the notion of difference or ‘queerness’ that fuels bigotry, intolerance, and hatred. “These LGBT books will allow educators to work with all the kids; onlookers, bullies and victims to create a larger sense of acceptance of sexual orientation.”
The Gallup’s Modern Guide to Gay, Lesbian & Transgender Life focuses on empowerment and encourages young adults to take control of their own lives. It brings all the facts to students in hopes that increased education on the subject will result in a greater acceptance of gay, lesbian and transgender tweens. The titles in the series are:
1. Being Gay, Staying Healthy
2. Coming Out: Telling Family and Friends
3. Feeling Wrong in Your Own Body: Understanding What It Means to Be Transgender
4. Gay and Lesbian Role Models
5. Gay Believers: Homosexuality and Religion
6. Gay Issues and Politics: Marriage, the Military, & Work Place Discrimination
7. Gays and Mental Health: Fighting Depression, Saying No to Suicide
8. Homophobia: From Social Stigma to Hate Crimes
9. Homosexuality Around the World: Safe Havens, Cultural Challenges
10. A New Generation of Homosexuality: Modern Trends in Gay & Lesbian Communities
11. Smashing the Stereotypes: What Does It Mean to Be Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender?
12. Statistical Timeline and Overview of Gay Life
13. What Causes Sexual Orientation? Genetics, Biology, Psychology
14. Gay People of Color: Facing Prejudices, Forging Identities
15. Gay Characters in Theatre, Movies, and Television: New Roles, New Attitudes
For more information on the series, Dr. Sears, and pricing and purchasing options visit http://www.LGBT-Books.com. To learn more about Mason Crest Publishers, call 866-MCP-BOOK or visit http://www.Masoncrest.com.
About Mason Crest Publishers: Mason Crest evolved in 2002 from some of the key people responsible for making Chelsea House Publishers one of the leading young adult and reference school and library publishers. Mason Crest is dedicated to providing the most unique upper elementary and young adult quality books available within the school and library marketplace. With each series Mason Crest obtains the most proficient & knowledgeable editors, advisors, senior consultants, major institutions, authors, agencies, and specialized “think tanks” to ensure the books meet the highest standards of excellence. Mason Crest is currently offering over 1,500 titles that reflect the company’s dedication to quality. A complete list can be found online at http://www.masoncrest.com.