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bullet Sara Boesser, "Silent lives: How high a price," University Press of America, (2004). The author "examines the consequences a sexual minority person suffers when attempting to pass as heterosexual and/or as of a traditional gender expression.  Boesser also looks at how society as a whole is affected when an individual is pressured to hide his/her sexual identity." Review and/or order a copy safely from the Amazon.com online bookstore.
bullet book cover Mary V. Borhek, "Coming Out to Parents: A Two-Way Survival Guide for Lesbians and Gay Men and Their Parents," Pilgrim Press, (1993). You can read a book review and/or order a copy from Amazon.com.
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bullet book cover Eric Marcus, "Is It a Choice? Answers to 300 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gay and Lesbian People," Harper San Francisco, (1999). Read a book review and/or order a copy. This book has a chapter on coming out.
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bullet book cover Charles Silverstein, Feliche Picano, "The Joy of Gay Sex," Harperperennial Library, (2006). Review and/or order a copy.

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