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This Book Is Gay Kindle Edition
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The bestselling young adult non-fiction book on sexuality and gender!
Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual. Transgender. Queer. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who's ever dared to wonder. This book is for YOU.
There's a long-running joke that, after "coming out," a lesbian, gay guy, bisexual, or trans person should receive a membership card and instruction manual. THIS IS THAT INSTRUCTION MANUAL. You're welcome.
Inside you'll find the answers to all the questions you ever wanted to ask, with topics like:
- Stereotypes — the facts and fiction
- Coming out as LGBT
- Where to meet people like you
- The ins and outs of gay sex
- Stereotypes — the facts and fiction
- How to flirt
- And so much more!
This candid, funny, and uncensored exploration of sexuality and what it's like to grow up LGBTQ also includes real stories from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, not to mention hilarious illustrations.
You will be entertained. You will be informed. But most importantly, you will know that however you identify (or don't) and whomever you love, you are exceptional. You matter. And so does this book.
This book is for:
- Anyone with questions
- Parents of gay kids and other LGBT youth
- Educators looking for advice about the LGBTQIA+ community
Praise for This Book is Gay:
A Guardian Best Book of the Year
2018 Garden State Teen Book Award Winner
"The book every LGBT person would have killed for as a teenager, told in the voice of a wise best friend. Frank, warm, funny, USEFUL." —Patrick Ness, New York Times bestselling author
"This egregious gap has now been filled to a fare-thee-well by Dawson's book."—Booklist *STARRED REVIEW*
From School Library Journal
About the Author
Some of David Levithan's many acclaimed novels and story collections include 19 Love Songs, Every Day, Two Boys Kissing, and Boy Meets Boy. His bestselling collaborations include Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Dash and Lily's Book of Dares, and The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily (written with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (written with John Green). David was named the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for his contribution to YA literature. You can learn more about him at davidlevithan.com and follow him on Twitter at @loversdiction.
Christopher Solimene approaches voice art with a lifetime of experience and passion as a director, producer, performer, and educator. Studying story during a recently earned master's degree from Yale University, Chris appreciates the enriching qualities that story brings to enlightening each individual.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B00YHXVW08
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Fire; 1st edition (June 2, 2015)
- Publication date : June 2, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 5875 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 273 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #340,524 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Top reviews from the United States
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- very informative
- quick read (i finished it in a couple days)
- quite funny and witty
- lots of resources cited in the back of the book
- mostly talks about gay men. briefly talks about other people in the LGBT community.
- limited infomation for lesbians, transexuals, asexuals, etc.
- doesn't give a lot of help if you're still questioning. I mean things that'll help you decide on whether or not you might be gay, pansexual, bisexual, asexual, etc. Like I said, it mostly speaks on behalf of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people.
The topics covered:
💖Meeting Others in the community
🧡Moving in Together & Having Children
💛Gay Saints Index
💚Guidance for Loved one
This book was very educational and informative and I am very happy I read it!
When he talks about sexuality/gender, there's a lot that he does right, but so much that he gets wrong. He mentions trans individuals, but the book is still littered in casual cissexism (gendered sex ed, "gay women only like vaginas", etc) and there is virtually no discussion of nonbinary individuals outside of "the binary is troublesome" and mentions of gender expression that could be connected to nb people. He mentions asexuality in the early couple of chapters but appears to ignore it through the last half of the book. No mention of sex adverse vs sex neutral and so on. Also, there is no discussion of romantic orientation. There are quite a lot of assumptions that everyone wants a mate.
More on specific pros and cons
First, pros: most of the language is accessible for people who are unfamiliar with the LGBT community. I loved the bits from the people that he interviewed. They tackled HIV fairly well. They mention the idea of polyamory relitively positively (though it isn't named and isn't talked about in the best way. Some of the details, I took issue with). The chapter on LGBT sex ed was pretty okay (if you overlook the gendering of genitals and lack of ace talk [which you shouldn't be overooking])
Cons: while the language may be accessible for young people, a lot of the sass and cheesy popular culture/slang make it less accessible for those who don't get sarcasm easily via text (such as autistic people) and older people - parents and teachers who may not even take LGBT identities seriously. He tackles stereotypes, but uses them relentlessly still (see, my first comment about sass and pop culture). While aces and aros are excluded, he puts in things that do not make sense to mention (scat and poppers, as well as nearly a whole chapter on Grindr and casual sex).
There is a lot more that I could go into, but I'll save the energy. It is a great idea for a book and I love the personal anecdotes, but the way he handles (or doesn't) handle a lot of the issues is problematic.
Top reviews from other countries
She discusses the often unavailable information about living in this community to an audience who have very limited experience. Those who are either taking tentative steps to understand their part in the LGBTQ+ community or friends and family who also have limited knowledge and want to be supportive.
Juno Dawson addresses the inadequacies in the school system – why is heteronormative sex the only thing taught in schools; she looks at dating and how difficult it can be. She also talks to people who are LGBTQ+ so we don’t feel that her writing is preachy. She is and has lived it and she knows what she is talking about but you don’t feel talked AT.
I firmly believe that This Book is Gay should be issued to schools. Young students who are struggling to find their place would find this book so comforting and feel that there is somewhere that they can feel included. That someone out there, beyond the microcosm of their small world knows what it feels like.
I was genuinely in awe of this book.
If we give books to kids to learn about periods, puberty and heterosexual sex and procreation then why not include this? I’d like to see this in a bundle ready for those 11th birthdays!
My only criticism is that I wish it was co-written with a women who identified as lesbian. Everything was extremely well researched and I liked that there were quotes from LGBT people but here and there it was a bit too male gay for me. But still 5 stars over all
It will have you measuring your fingers to see if the research is correct!!