Gays and Lesbians in Asia and the Pacific: Social and Human Services
The knowledge that people in other places share the same experiences physically, emotionally, and socially is liberating and offers the opportunity to share practical information. This holds especially true for gay and lesbian people around the world as they face overt and frequent social and political barriers and alienation. In Gays and Lesbians in Asia and the Pacific, people from Australia, Japan, the Philippines, and Singapore share their unique experiences of the gay and lesbian communities and available social services. Unlike previous writings on homosexuality in the region, written by Westerners, this book offers new perspectives from "insiders" of the cultures who speak from their own lived experiences. The chapters show the changing situations in each country and provide insight into the contemporary issues surrounding gay and lesbian life in these countries.
The authors of Gays and Lesbians in Asia and the Pacific collectively address the issues of self-recognition, legal status, freedom of choice, health, and social and information needs in the context of gay and lesbian people in particular cultures. They are concerned with forms of social services rather than sexual practices or institutionalized or traditional expressions of homosexuality. Topics covered include:
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