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- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (March 22, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 22, 2011
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004LRPGPM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,021 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Particularly noteworthy are essays from President Obama and David Sedaris, and a bilingual entry from a Mexican student now living in Canada...A resource every library should have on hand."-- "Booklist"
Narrators Paul Garcia and Marguerite Gavin emotionally connect with listeners as they deliver this impassioned rallying cry for understanding LGBT children and teens. Both narrators handle horrific stories of bullying so relentless it led to suicides with quiet dignity and heartfelt sorrow that never cross into the maudlin...Garcia employs a wry humor that helps lighten the mood, and Gavin's vocal sweetness invites empathy. Both narrators make this an outstanding listening experience.-- "AudioFile" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
DAN SAVAGE is an author, journalist, and activist widely known and appreciated for his mordant wit, political commentary, and commonsensical approach to all manner of sexual issues. He is the author of the internationally syndicated column ''Savage Love'' and the editorial director of The Stranger, a weekly newspaper in Seattle. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the op-ed pages of the New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Salon.com, Nest, Rolling Stone, The Onion, and many other publications. He lives in Seattle, Washington, with his husband Terry Miller.
TERRY MILLER is a DJ, event promoter, musician, and music critic/blogger. He is Dan Savage's partner of sixteen years. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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Great read with critically important life lessons on supporting the LGBTQ community as they seek to find acceptance and peace in a world of misunderstanding.
This book is the next step for the project. It is a collection of transcriptions from some of the most watched videos from some very influential people, both in the community and outside of it. The book is moving, not only for LGBTQ people but for straight people with friends that fit into LGBTQ. It offers personal experiences from the other side of the fence that rarely get heard. This other perspective is what makes the IGB book essential. After reading it, people can no longer allow it to not get better. The IGB book adds depth to a movement that is often only seen at face value, from both sides.
Buy it, read it, then go to the IGBP website and order one for the high school you attend(ed).
I quickly donated the book to my local high school, for others to use.
I gave it a 3 star because, I ended up getting really bored throughout (ended up skimming) as the stories started to become the same theme.
Top international reviews
His initiative in launching YouTube messages to try to stem the flow of gay and lesbian teen suicides - and suicides of those fingered as gay but not - mushroomed well beyond his own and anyone else's imagination so that now there have been thousands of such messages.
This is a compilation of barely a hundred of those messages, and in a way the warmth of the human straight to camera messages on YouTube is slightly lost in the cold print on page. That's a great shame. Personally I would have omitted the messages from Nancy Pelosi and David Cameron, which read to me like going through motions messages, though keeping that from President Obama. It is the messages from folk who are actually lesbian or gay and who now live happy lives despite all they went through that are the most inspirational.
With that caveat I thoroughly commend this book. Every school library and youth club should have it, casually left where a teen can pick it up. And if you're the parent of a kid you suspect might be gay, get it and leave it around likewise - this may help him/her come out to you, the first step in the rest of their life.