Most chapters include “Introduction,” “Conclusion,” and “Definition of Terms.” Preface.
I.THE CULTURAL CONTEXT.
1.Social Work Mission and Policies.
Mass Media Images.
The Political Context.
Models of Homosexuality.
Nature versus Nurture.
Other Psychosocial Theories.
The Strengths Perspective.
Social Work's Mission.
2.The Heterosexist Society.
Homophobia and Heterosexism.
Roots of Homophobia and Heterosexism.
All in the Family.
Hate Crimes Worldwide.
Sexism and Homophobia.
Racism and Anti-Semitism.
Implications for Social Work.
3.Strengths of Gay/Lesbian Culture.
Poetry as Healing.
Recommendations from Film and Literature.
II.ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN.
4.Growing up Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual.
Living in a Heterosexist and Homophobic Culture.
To Come Out or to Try to Be Invisible.
The Role of the Social Worker.
5.Sexuality and Homosexuality.
The Language of Sexuality.
The Effects of Erotophobia.
Discrimination under the Sodomy Laws and the Defense of Marriage Act.
Etiology of Sexual Orientation.
Sex Role Incongruity.
Establishing Sexual Orientation.
Gay and Lesbian Children and Adolescents.
Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals in Heterosexual Marriages.
Affectional and Sexual Expression.
Characteristics of Erotophobes.
Similarities in Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual Sexuality.
Differences in Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual Sexuality.
Safer-Sex Decision Making.
6.Gays and Lesbians in the Workplace.
Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals in the Workplace.
Roles for Social Workers and School Guidance Counselors.
7.Aging Gays and Lesbians.
Lesbians and Aging.
Gay Men and Aging.
Social and Psychological Adjustment.
Variations between Gays and Lesbians.
Long-Term Care for Older Gay Men and Lesbians.
III.SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH LESBIANS, GAYS, AND BISEXUALS.
8.Counseling with Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Clients.
Conversion or Ex-Gay Therapy.
Stages of Coming Out.
Social Worker's Role in the Coming Out Process.
The Pursuit of Happiness.
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Therapists.
9.Social Work with Lesbians in Health Care Settings.
General Health Concerns.
Youths and Suicide.
Lesbians Who Are Disabled.
Social Work Roles.
10.Social Work with Gay Males in Health Care Settings.
Gay Men and AIDS.
Social Work Practice.
Health Care Provision.
Contextualizing Risk Factors.
Social Dimension of Healing.
Medical Treatment of HIV.
11.Working with Families of Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals.
Working with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Parents.
Counseling Parents of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Children.
Couples Counseling with Gays and Lesbians.
Tapping into Strengths.