Positive View of LGBTQ: : Embracing Identity and Cultivating Well-Being

Author(s): Ellen D.B. Riggle, Sharon S. Rostosky


A Positive View of LGBTQ starts a new conversation about the strengths and benefits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGTBQ) identities. Positive LGBTQ identities are affirmed through inspiring firsthand accounts.

Focusing on how LGTBQ-identified individuals can cultivate a sense of wellbeing and a personal identity that allows them to flourish in all areas of life, the authors explore a variety of themes. Through personal stories from people with a variety of backgrounds and gender and sexual identities, readers will learn more about expressing gender and sexuality; creating strong and intimate relationships; exploring unique perspectives on empathy, compassion, and social justice; belonging to communities and acting as role models and mentors; and, enjoying the benefits of living an authentic life.

Providing exercises in each chapter, the book offers those who identify as LGBTQ and those who support and love them, as well as those seeking to better understand them, an opportunity to explore and appreciate these identities.


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'Reading [this book] on LGBTQ identity gave me pause to reflect on the fact that identity is an ongoing issue for all of us—particularly those of us in the LGBTQ community. Perhaps this is particularly true as the mainstream widens to assimilate us. A Positive View of LGBTQ by Ellen D. B. Riggle and Sharon S. Rostosky talks about the unique strengths that being LGBTQ can engender, including looking at relationships differently, having compassion for other oppressed groups based on our own 'outsider' status, and using the introspection that comes from the necessary self-understanding about your sexual orientation or gender identification to be true to yourself in all ways.' --Huffington Post

'I'm deeply impressed with this book. The eight themes provide new ways of exploring LGBT issues, and the personal stories offer context for the themes. The power of this work lies in the combination of the illuminated themes though the voices and the related exercises at the end of each chapter. This is an engaging book for many audiences including educators and trainers, community organizers, and, of course, LGBTQ people and our families.' --Ronni Sanlo Ed.D

Ellen D.B. Riggle is professor of gender and women's studies and political science at the University of Kentucky. She is co-founder of PrismResearch.org, a research group and website focused on issues impacting the wellbeing of LGBTQ individuals and same-sex couples. Her articles have appeared in leading professional journals and she is coeditor of Sexual Identity in the Workplace: Issues and Services and Gays and Lesbians in the Democratic Process: Public Policy, Political Representation and Public Opinion.

Sharon S. Rostosky is a licensed psychologist and a professor of counseling psychology at the University of Kentucky. She is co-founder of PrismResearch.org. She has published over 50 academic journal articles and book chapters, including many that focus on the wellbeing of LGBTQ individuals, same-sex couples, and their families. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Society of Counseling Psychology's Social Justice Award.

The authors maintain a website at www.PrismResearch.org

General Fields

  • : 9781442212824
  • : Rowman & Littlefield
  • : Rowman & Littlefield
  • : January 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ellen D.B. Riggle, Sharon S. Rostosky