In brief

16th January 2004 at 00:00
YOUNG GAY MEN TALKING: Key Issues and Ideas for Action. Edited by Simon Blake. Working With Men pound;7.50 (320 Commercial Way, London SE15 1QN)

You think we're comfortable with the idea of gay male sexuality now - that it has gradually migrated to the mainstream?

Alas, not so. People who, in later life, have seen most of their prejudices drain away, and assume that the rest of the world has moved on with them, are often brought up short by the virulent attitudes and language of younger men who are keen to assert their heterosexuality. This short book reminds us that: "One in three gay men have experienced violent attacks (and) 30 per cent of gay men report having been sexually assaultedI the British culture of homophobia is grim and horrible."

The author has collected the thoughts and experiences of 27 young gay men between 15 and 24, from across the UK. Their stories - often of fear, denial, and shame ("The level of anxiety and guilt towards parents was huge") - ought to be eye-opening to the teachers, governors, youth workers and lecturers who are targeted in the chapters of advice that follow the personal accounts.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now