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Prospect Publishing is pleased to announce the release of its book, A Face in the Crowd.

Did you know . . .

  • Approximately 28% of gay and lesbian youth drop out of high school because of discomfort (due to verbal and physical abuse) in the school environment?
  • Gay students hear anti-gay slurs as often as 26 times each day, and 27% of gay and lesbian youth have been physically hurt by another student?

  • 50% of all gay and lesbian youth report that their parents reject them due to their sexual orientation?

  • Approximately 40% of homeless youth are identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual?

  • Gays and lesbians are the most frequent victims of hate crimes and are at least 7 times more likely to be crime victims than heterosexual people?

  • Gays and lesbians are at much higher risk than the heterosexual population for alcohol and drug abuse?

  • Gay and lesbian youth account for 30% of all completed suicides?

It doesn?t need to be this way. With proper education and training, teachers, advisors, and mentors can do a great deal to raise the level of tolerance in the classroom and build the self-esteem of their gay and lesbian students.

Why is this important? In a typical class of 30 students, 8 students (27% of the class) will be directly affected by homosexuality of self, one or more siblings, or one or both parents.1

1 Statistics courtesy of GLSEN, the leading national organization advocating for school communities to address these injustices and ensure that all students?no matter their sexual orientations or gender identities?have access to safe and respectful learning environments.

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Expressions of Gay Life in America

Edited by John Peterson and
Martin Bedogne
Foreword by Betty DeGeneres
Introduction by Judy and Dennis Shepard

132 pages (150+ color and black & white images)
12? x 12? Publication Date: January 2003
ISBN: 0-9719618-0-8
Price: $24.95

$29.95 with CD
(CD contains benefit single "What Matters?" by Randi Driscoll and a personal message from Judy Shepard. ISBN 0-9719618-1-6)


A Face in the Crowd celebrates the triumphs and challenges of those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, and presents a diverse group of people living their lives filled with love, hope, and happiness ? as well as fear and oppression. Incorporating stories and profiles of gay men and women, sharing tales of families and challenges, underscoring the soul searching of coming out, and looking ahead to the increasingly hopeful future, A Face in the Crowd poignantly illustrates that gay life in North America does not fit a single stereotype.

Sponsored by the Matthew Shepard Foundation, A Face in the Crowd was created out of a desire to break down barriers rooted in prejudice and hate. Within these pages are real-life stories that can help us all better understand the meaning of tolerance toward those who are perceived as being different, and begin to embrace the rich diversity that exists around us. As individuals, we each have an opportunity, an ability, to touch those around us in significant ways. It is a choice we make each moment of each day of our lives. Each one of us is a face in the crowd.

The Matthew Shepard Foundation was created in December 1998 by Judy and Dennis Shepard to honor the memory of their son, Matthew, in addition to create awareness of the challenges that gay youth face in America today. Specific goals include supporting diversity programs in education, and helping youth organizations establish environments where young people can feel safe and be themselves. Our overall objective is to educate and replace hate and ignorance with understanding and compassion. The Matthew Shepard Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization. For more information, please visit their website at www.matthewshepard.org.

Read the Introduction by Judy and Dennis Shepard

Read the Foreword by Betty DeGeneres

Order the book today...

  • Click here to order directly from the Matthew Shepard Foundation.  Your book will be signed by Judy Shepard and will include the benefit single "What Matters" by Randi Driscoll. 

  • You may also purchase at your favorite local bookstore or order directly from Amazon.com.

  • For discounts available to booksellers or group sales, please contact the publisher for more information.

  • PFLAG Members click here for special offer and book discussion group opportunities.

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