Daniel Mattson once believed he was gay. Raised in a Christian family, and aware of attractions to other boys at age six, Mattson's life was marked by constant turmoil between his faith in God and his sexual attractions. Finding the conflict between his sexual desires and the teachings of his church too great, he assumed he was gay, turned his back on God, and began a relationship with another man. Yet freedom and happiness remained elusive until he discovered Christ and his true identity. In this frank memoir, Mattson chronicles his journey to and from a gay identity, finding peace in his true identity, as a man, made in the image and likeness of God. Part autobiography, part philosophy of life, and part a practical guide in living chastely, the book draws lessons from Mattson's search for inner freedom and integrity, sharing wisdom from his failures and successes. His lifelong search for happiness and peace comes full circle in his realization that, above all else, what is true about him is that he is a beloved son of God, loved into existence by God, created for happiness in this life and the next. Mattson's book is for anyone who has ever wondered who he is, why he is here, and, in the face of suffering, where to find joy, happiness, and the peace that surpasses all understanding.
In the post civil-rights era, youth activism has emerged to address the ways in which the social categories that young people occupy have been explicitly politicized. This dissertation draws upon comparative fieldwork, textual analysis, and in-depth interviews with youth activists working in two non-profit organizations in Oakland, California. Specifically, I explore how teenagers of color create individual and collective political identities and participate in social change in the twenty-first century. Recent attacks on affirmative action, the increasing war on drugs, and tightening measures against gangs have shaped the formation of youth identity in the last decade. This research examines how youth organize and create activist identities in light of these developments. Additionally, this work examines dominant representations of activism in U.S. public discourse that influence how people think of themselves as activists. This idealized cultural image of an activist is based on the civil rights leaders, struggles, and participants in previous social movements. This idealized definition of activism and the iconic status of previous activists dominate the activities that youth participate in. The data suggests that contemporary youth activists look up to these leaders and incorporate their teachings into their resistance strategies, organizing tools, and political identities as activists. Although the organizations differ in both their approaches and individual staff expectations, youth at the two organizations construct similar activist identities. Youth activist identities are a combination of what they learn at each organization, the idealized cultural image of activism, and their status as youth who experience both the benefits of civil rights and the backlash against those same rights. In particular, they articulate the kinds of activism in which they are involved--a micro approach based on talking to those closest to them: friends, family, and peers.
A chilling, fascinating novel about the secret agenda of a powerful underground faction in America--from the author of Desires in Conflict. This stunning expose of the gay agenda in America today presents powerful lessons about facing potentially explosive situations with sensitivity and wisdom.
Key Benefits: This book joins the strengths approach with an overview of social work practice with an oppressed population. A strengths approach provides a skills framework that can be used with any vulnerable or oppressed group. The book speaks directly to the reader through illustrations and boxes written by undergraduate students, as well as a wealth of case examples provided by experienced family counselors. Key Benefits: The text includes an entire chapter on sexuality (Ch. 6), two chapters on health care with the gay, lesbian, and bisexual population (Chs. 9 and 10), and sections on homophobia and prejudice (Ch. 2). The strengths approach provides a skills framework that relates to direct practice with all vulnerable people; the text also incorporates diverse racial, as well as sexual, perspectives. Market: For any level of social work practice.