Pray the Gay Away

Pray the Gay Away

The Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays

Book - 2012
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2013 Finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards, LGBT Studies category

In the Bible Belt, it's common to see bumper stickers that claim One Man + One Woman = Marriage, church billboards that command one to "Get right with Jesus," letters to the editor comparing gay marriage to marrying one's dog, and nightly news about homophobic attacks from the Family Foundation. While some areas of the Unites States have made tremendous progress in securing rights for gay people, Bible Belt states lag behind. Not only do most Bible Belt gays lack domestic partner benefits, lesbians and gay men can still be fired from some places of employment in many regions of the Bible Belt for being a homosexual.

In Pray the Gay Away, Bernadette Barton argues that conventions of small town life, rules which govern Southern manners, and the power wielded by Christian institutions serve as a foundation for both passive and active homophobia in the Bible Belt. She explores how conservative Christian ideology reproduces homophobic attitudes and shares how Bible Belt gays negotiate these attitudes in their daily lives. Drawing on the remarkable stories of Bible Belt gays, Barton brings to the fore their thoughts, experiences and hard-won insights to explore the front lines of our national culture war over marriage, family, hate crimes, and equal rights. Pray the Gay Away illuminates their lives as both foot soldiers and casualties in the battle for gay rights.

Publisher: New York : New York University, c2012.
ISBN: 9780814786376
0814786375
9780814764725
081476472X
9780814724422
0814724426
Characteristics: xi, 273 p. ; 24 cm.

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DCPL_JohnB Nov 10, 2016

Fascinating examination of the lives of gay people in the southern US, particularly Kentucky. Barton gives painful, enlightening insight into the environment Southern gay people experience each day.

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