Equality Alliance

LESBIAN INFORMATION SERVICE -- PUBLICATIONS LIST (16/2/99)

Contents

Resource Lists
Booklets
Packs
Reports
Ordering Information

RESOURCE LISTS

Over 20 years of research has been conducted about homosexuality in the U.S.A., much of which is male dominated: but more recently projects have been lesbian specific. In comparison there is hardly any research in Britain. Most of the U.S. research is available in this country through the Library Service. In order to make this research more widely available, to encourage research in this country, and to encourage the establishment of appropriate support projects, we have published a series of Resource Lists. The Lists are aimed at social workers, teachers, youth workers, doctors, nurses, probation officers, counsellors, etc., as well as students: but lesbians/gays, their parents and friends, will also find them useful.

WORKING WITH LESBIAN AND GAY YOUTH - RESOURCE LIST (1999), VOL 1 £ 4, VOL 2 £ 4.

The List includes over 150 abstracts of mainly U.S. research. The purpose of the List is to make the issues facing Lesbian and Gay Youth visible, to challenge statutory and voluntary services to stop ignoring an incredibly vulnerable group of Young people, to encourage all those who are interested in finding out more about the issues and to give ideas for appropriate support. If you are interested in reducing suicide and parasuicide, alcohol and drug misuse, homelessness and prostitution, HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancies, truancy and school drop out then you should have a copy of this Resource List.

LESBIANS, GAYS AND ALCOHOL RESOURCE LIST (1998), £ 8.

The List begins with an article outlining why Lesbians and Gays are vulnerable to alcohol misuse and includes over 100 references and research abstracts (mainly from the U.S.A.).

ATTITUDES TOWARDS HOMOSEXUALITY - RESOURCE LIST (1996), £ 4.50

Homophobia is the root cause of discrimination against lesbians and gays. In order to challenge it we need to know more about it. The attitudes of people towards lesbians and gays is a well researched area having been studied for over 20 years in the U.S.A. This List includes over 70 references to relevant papers.

LESBIANS, GAYS & RELIGION - RESOURCE LIST (1996), £ 2.50

The origins of homophobia are found in religion. To challenge homophobia we have to challenge religion/religious leaders. This List contains over 40 references to relevant papers and books concerning homosexuality and religion.

LESBIANS, GAYS, DISCRIMINATION & LAW - RESOURCE LIST (1996), £ 8

Discrimination against homosexuals occurs in every aspect of life in Britain today, including education, the family, the media, religion, medicine, employment, law, housing, language, local authority services and H.M. Forces. This List includes references to over 180 relevant papers and books and is divided into 7 sections including: discrimination, employment, forces, housing, law, the media and medicine. Other examples of discrimination are included in other relevant Lists (e.g. Education, Religion, etc).

HOMOPHOBIA AWARENESS TRAINING - RESOURCE LIST (1996), £ 2.50

Includes abstracts of articles and books (99% USA) which discuss homophobia awareness training within the settings of health - especially mental health, education, counselling and social work.

ETIOLOGY OF LESBIANISM - RESOURCE LIST (1995), £ 8

The perennial question of nature (essentialism) verses nurture (constructionism) is again raging, not least because of recent medical research (Bailey & Pillard, 1992; Hamer 1993; LeVay, 1991) which suggests that some people, in particular male homosexuals, are predisposed to homosexuality. This has prompted a response by constructionists (Kitzinger & Wilkinson, 1995). Any research into the origins of homosexuality/lesbianism must acknowledge the role of medicine and research in oppressing homosexuals. This new resource List includes an introduction paper which puts modern research within this historical context and includes 72 abstracts as well as references to books and several unpublished papers in relation to the origins of lesbiansim.

LESBIANS AND HEALTH CARE: RESOURCE LIST (1995), £ 3.50.

This List includes abstracts, mainly from the U.S.A., concerning Lesbians and AIDS/STD'S; Lesbians and health care in general including articles which outline the needs and experiences of Lesbians and health care, as well as homophobia within the system. There are also references to articles about Lesbians who are Disabled and a book list.

LESBIANS, GAYS AND EDUCATION RESOURCE LIST (1995), £ 9.

Education is one of the six main institutions which perpetuates homophobia, the other five being religion, law, medicine, the media and the family. The effects of homophobia on lesbian and gay youth include a higher risk for depression, suicide, HIV infection (gay men), alcohol & drug abuse, truancy and school drop out, homelessness and prostitution, running away from home, relationship problems, misuse and exploitation by lesbian and gay adults, promiscuity and unwanted pregnancies. The government is sending out mixed messages. On the one hand, under Health of the Nation, they say they want to reduce suicides, teenage pregnancies and HIV infection yet the Department for Education, in particular the Minister for Education, Mr. Patton, insists that children be taught that homosexuality is less than heterosexuality. There has been little research in this country compared to over 20 years of research in the U.S.A. The Resource List makes this research known and highlights several school projects . It also includes book lists and useful addresses.

LESBIANS, GAYS AND SOCIAL WORK RESOURCE LIST (1995), £ 3.50.

Social services in the U.S. have been supporting Lesbians and Gays in a variety of settings for years yet this rarely happens in Britain. The List includes an introduction about the need for Social Services to challenge their Homophobia and includes abstracts from research papers dating back to 1977, including: social work intervention models, Lesbian families, Homophobia, Young Lesbians and Gays, Old Lesbians and Gays, Lesbian and Gay couples, 'alcoholism,' health care needs, parents of Lesbians and Gays, Gay Youth and AIDS, training, etc. Invaluable resource for all social work agencies.

LESBIANS, MENTAL HEALTH AND THERAPY - RESOURCE LIST (1995), £ 9.

Mental health has long been used to incarcerate and oppress Lesbians: for centuries we have been told that we are mentally ill. Despite the removal of homosexuality from the World Health Organisation classified list of illnesses, (it was de-medicalised by the American Psychiatric Association in 1973) there are still many people who believe Lesbianism to be a sickness. Lesbians are oppressed as women and as homosexuals. We experience sexism and homophobia and internalise the negative images which abound about both women and homosexuals. This results in low self esteem and consequently depression or other emotional illnesses or alcohol/drug misuse or both. Lesbians are invisible and isolated which usually results in our concerns being ignored. This List makes these issues visible. It contains references and abstracts of over 100 articles about Lesbians and mental health/therapy (most from the USA). The List will be extremely useful for all mental health professionals as well as Lesbians.

OLD LESBIANS: RESOURCE LIST (1995), £ 3.

Includes Pensioner's Link Report on Old Lesbians featured in the Lesbians and Housing Pack which contrasts sharply with the brief report of the U.S. Old Lesbians Conference, which is also included. There are also abstracts from U.S. research which gives some idea of what the needs of Old Lesbians are and what sort of projects exist in the U.S.A. There is also a booklist.

LESBIANS WHO ARE MOTHERS: A RESOURCE LIST (1995), £ 3.50.

About one-fifth of Lesbians are mothers, many of whom come out as Lesbians later in life, often after having been married and having had children. There has been a great deal of research in the U.S.A. about Lesbians who are mothers and the implications of homophobia on them and their children. The List includes abstracts and summaries of U.S. research articles and papers from English publications and a book list.

BUTCH/FEM RESOURCE LIST (1995), £ 4.

Over 60 references or abstracts related to butch/fem lesbians including articles about attitudes towards lesbians, butch lesbians being more visible and more prone to homophobic attacks, gender non-conformity in childhood, questions of sex-role identities and expectations, transexualism, therapy, gender roles and relationships, butch/fem and feminism.

LESBIANS, COMING OUT AND IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT - RESOURCE LIST (1995), £ 5.50.

Coming out and developing a positive Lesbian identity can sometimes take years but is crucial for emotional well-being. There has been much research carried out in the USA which helps us to understand the process and identifies the issues involved. The List contains a brief introduction to the subject and abstracts of 48 articles as well as references to books, and helpful telephone numbers and addresses. The List will be useful for individual Lesbians, counsellors and parents of Lesbians.

LESBIAN RELATIONSHIPS RESOURCE LIST (1995), £ 4

As Lesbians living in a homophobic society we are not taught relationship skills. We do not have the legal back-up of marriage nor - in many cases - the acceptance of families. This puts tremendous strain on our relationships. The Lesbian Relationship Resource List identifies several research articles on this topic as well as a booklist. This List will be useful for Lesbians and for counsellors alike.

PARENTS OF LESBIANS AND GAYS: A RESOURCE LIST (1995), £ 2.50.

There is much ignorance about Homosexuality in Britain. When parents are told about their child's Homosexuality, they usually react with disgust or shock, and this is at a time when their children are most vulnerable and most in need of their help. Parents, like Homosexuals, go through their own process of coming to terms with this knowledge. We have produced the List to help this process along, to counteract the ignorance surrounding Homosexuality, and to help parents/guardians give effective support to their children. The List includes abstracts and summaries of U.S. research papers, a book list and parents organisations.

BLACK & MINORITY ETHNIC LESBIANS RESOURCE LIST (1995), £ 4.

As well as academic papers the List includes references to articles in books and British publications, a short booklist and Black and Minority Ethnic Lesbian (and Gay) organisations. Extracts are included from papers about:

BOOKLETS

LESBIANS AND ALCOHOL MISUSE, A GUIDE FOR ALCOHOL WORKERS (1999) £ 1.

Answers questions like: Are lesbians vulnerable to alcohol misuse? Why are lesbians vulnerable? What are the specific reasons why lesbians are vulnerable? Are there any other issues regarding lesbians and alcohol misuse? What can you do?

i think i might be a lesbian ... now what do i do? (1999), £ 1 each.

This booklet is aimed at young women who think they are, or know they are, Lesbian and want to know what to do about it. There are quotes from Young Lesbians and sections on: What does it mean to be a Lesbian? How do I know if I'm a Lesbian? Am I normal? What is it Like to be Young and Lesbian? Who should I tell? What about sex? Do I have to worry about AIDS? How do we learn to like ourselves? How can I meet other Lesbians? And other useful information like Lesbian Lines, organisations, books to read, bookshops. The pamphlet was written by a Young Lesbian Group in the U.S.A. and has been adapted and reproduced with the permission of the Campaign to End Homophobia.

HOMOPHOBIA (1992), 43p EACH, 5 FOR £ 1.36, 10 FOR £ 2.65.

Reproduction of a leaflet first produced by the Campaign to End Homophobia, U.S.A. Contains description of Homophobia, including How do you recognize Homophobia in yourself and others? How does Homophobia hurt heterosexuals? What are the causes of Homophobia? Can Homophobia be cured?

PACKS

COMING OUT - YOUNG LESBIAN PACK (1996), £ 3 Young Lesbians, £ 5.50.

Coming out to oneself and to other people who are important is a distressing and dangerous time for Young Lesbians: It is one of the most vulnerable times in a Lesbian's life when support is usually not available, especially for those Young Lesbians who do not live in cities or areas where there are Lesbian Lines and other support groups. In response to isolated Young Lesbians contacting us we have produced a Pack of information concerning coming out. The Pack includes various articles about being a Young Lesbian, the pamphlet "i think i might be a lesbian ... now what do i do?" a booklist and individual stories by Young Lesbians from Britain, the U.S.A. and Nicaragua. Whilst reflecting some of the problems Young Lesbians face, the stories also show how resilient Young Lesbians are.

LESBIAN HOUSING PACK (1995), £ 7.50.

The purpose of the Pack is to bring together some of the material and experiences of groups of Lesbians and Lesbians and Gays involved in housing, in order that other groups and individuals can benefit from their experiences, and to use the material to substantiate the need for special housing provision for Lesbians. Contains 13 articles, some of which have been previously published but are now difficult to get hold of, dating from 1984 to 1992.

REPORTS

TREATMENT OF LESBIANS WITH ALCOHOL PROBLEMS IN ALCOHOL SERVICES IN NORTH WEST ENGLAND (1994), £ 6.50.

About one-third of lesbians have serious drink problems; lesbians also have special problems achieving sobriety. This has systematically been ignored and played down by both the Alcohol Field and by the 'Lesbian Community.' Funded by the Alcohol Education and Research Council, "Treatment of Lesbians with Alcohol Problems in Alcohol Services in North West England" gives the results of a ground-breaking survey, and reveals disturbing levels of homophobia and ignorance. Utilising previous research, the author puts forward ideas as to why lesbians are especially vulnerable to alcohol misuse and what can be done to prevent this. It is hoped the document will not only put the issue of Lesbians and Alcohol firmly on the agenda but that it will help Alcohol Treatment Agencies to make their services accessible to lesbians with drink problems. It is also hoped the Report will help lesbians who have drink problems to achieve sobriety.

Judy Davison, a feminist academic researching alcohol, says of the Report: "I think it is an excellent, thorough piece of work with many, many new concepts and thoughts. I think it is a very valuable contribution to alcohol studies - and would be pleased to be quoted on that any time! ... I really enjoy your perspectives on Lesbianism and oppression, socialisation and all that, plus your constant acknowledgement of multi-oppressions which is refreshingly genuine ... I am very impressed by your work, your knowledge and your critical evaluation."

"Treatment of Lesbians with Alcohol Problems in Alcohol Services in North West England" is a must for all those working in the alcohol or drugs field, those who are interested in the effects of oppression and especially those working with young lesbians, as well as lesbians who have a drink problem and want to understand more about it.

L.Y.S.I.S. REPORT (1995), £ 3.

To coincide with the award of funding from the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) we have compiled a special report about LYSIS - Lesbian Youth Support Information Service. The report includes the background to the need for LYSIS; statistics from our various research projects as well as a comprehensive list of research data (mainly from the U.S.A.) concerning the level of suicide attempts among lesbian and gay youth. We discuss why young lesbians are vulnerable to suicide, what LYSIS offers, the relationship between LIS and LYSIS as well as our future plans. The appendices include examples of media attacks and the more recent, supportive, local media coverage concerning the MHF funding. A useful document if you need arguments to set up a Young Lesbian Group.

YOUNG LESBIAN VOX POP REPORT (1993), £ 5.50.

As part of the National Youth Agency's initiative, Vox Pop, a group of Young Lesbians from the North West of England came together to discuss a range of issues. The Young Lesbian Vox Pop Report is a record of these discussions and includes comments on: law, family, education, housing, media, social services, health service, the youth service, as well as extracts from youth service and government documents in support of work with Young Lesbians, examples of good practice and the findings of a survey of provision in the North West.

LESBIANS AND HOUSING IN LEICESTER (1988), £ 5.50.

This Report is relevant to all housing agencies, although it deals specifically with Lesbians in Leicester. The report examines what Lesbians face living in a Heterosexist society, the effects of which make us especially vulnerable and, at times, in need of supported accommodation. The report contains the complete findings of a survey as well as five case studies, recordings of visits to local hostels and a list of recommendations.

ORDERING INFORMATION

LESBIAN INFORMATION SERVICE, P.O. BOX 8, TODMORDEN, LANCASHIRE, OL14 5TZ.
Fax 01706-81.72.35
Please make cheques payable to Lesbian Information Service or LIS.

 

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