Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences

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Hailed as "a cri de coeur woven into a utopian vision" by Susan Brownmiller (author of Against Our Will), Ties That Bind is the highly praised work of prizewinning writer and professor Sarah Schulman on "familial homophobia," a phenomenon that, until now, has not had a name but is nevertheless an integral part of most people's experience. Ties That Bind invites us to understand familial homophobia as a cultural crisis, rather than a personal or an individual problem.

Ambitious, original, and deeply important, Schulman's book draws on her own lived experience, her research, and her engagement with active social change to articulate a practical, attainable vision of transformation that can begin today. This highly acclaimed and groundbreaking exploration is now available in paperback for countless more to experience a fundamental text that alters our understanding of homophobia and adds a critical dimension to the political landscape of all Americans.

About the Author

Sarah Schulman is the author of seventeen books and a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright award. She is Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island, and a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University. She lives in New York City.

"Ties that Bind should be required reading for every family."
--Ellen Bass, author of The Courage to Heal

"Daring, radical, and compelling."
--Rigoberto Gonzales, National Book Critics Circle

"Visionary, deeply humane."
--Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home

"[Schulman] starkly lays out the fundamental immorality of such shunning behavior and its destructive consequences for everyone involved. This is an important and original book."
--Martin Duberman, award-winning historian and gay rights activist

Publisher: New Press
Pub date:
192 pages
Format: Paperback