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Publisher's Summary

Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. 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. In it you'll find the answers to all the questions you ever wanted to ask: from sex to politics and hooking up to stereotypes, coming out, and more. This candid, funny, and uncensored exploration of sexuality and what it's like to grow up LGBT also includes real stories from people across the gender and sexual spectrums. 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.
©2015 James Dawson (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"[A] witty, no-holds-barred look at the LGBTQ experience.... An insightful option for those with questions about what it's like to be LGBTQ." ( School Library Journal)
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4 out of 5 stars
By angela on 03-07-18

Parents of younger teens should read it first

I’m thrilled that there is a book that my LGBT kids can read that they can relate to, but I had to have a long talk with my 14 year old about how inappropriate sites like grinder are for him at this age. It seems like this book is aimed at gay teens, and there is some very good information for them, but honestly, I think it was overly sex centered for that age group. As a parent, I don’t want my heterosexual or my homosexual kids engaging in sex of any kind until they are older and I definitely don’t want them engaging in promiscuous sex, which this book seems to almost promote, at any time. Not because I’m being judgy, but because it’s dangerous for them, especially if they are meeting people online. That said, the book did give good information about safety and it discussed issues that kids won’t receive in sex Ed in school. I think this is a good book for late teens, early twenties, and as a reference for parents, but I would encourage parents of younger teens to read it alongside their kids and discuss it with them. Overall, I think it would be extremely helpful to young people, just coming out, who may not know anyone in the LGBT community who can act as a role model for them. Again, though, I caution parents of young teens to read it and discuss it with your kids.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Khristi Pippin on 09-01-17

Very Informative

Where does This Book Is Gay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Probably the number 2.

What was one of the most memorable moments of This Book Is Gay?

The explanation and congruent understanding that it has with general ideas about being gay. Also, the reassurance of what homophobia is and helping one to understand that even little things that we think are homophobic are and should be taken seriously, rather than brushed off.

What about Christopher Solimene’s performance did you like?

I have been out for almost 14 years, however, I struggle with needing acceptance from family members who never will accept me. It's overall very helpful in educating gay people on just about everything in gay life. However, it gave me a better perspective on opening my mind more too.

If you could give This Book Is Gay a new subtitle, what would it be?

The various colors of the LGBTQ.

Any additional comments?

I like that it's in an audio format, I really love audiobooks, I have learned.

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