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Young people need role models, perhaps none more so than gay and lesbian youths. In this insightful collection of interviews, a doctor, a TV personality, a religious leader, a police officer, a writer, a teacher, and others talk about their lives, their professions, and their place within and beyond the gay community. Their inspiring stories will help gay teens realize that they, too, can be anything they want.
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Michael Thomas Ford is the author of the teen novel Suicide Notes as well as several essay collections and adult novels, including Jane Bites Back. He lives in San Francisco with his partner and their five dogs.From Booklist:
Gr. 7^-12. Ford, who sharpened his technique for interview-type books in Voices of Aids (1995), here talks to 11 adults who are part of the gay community, which he broadly defines as gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered people "and anyone else who feels that they are part of this diverse community." Like Roger Sutton's Hearing Us Out (1994), this shows individuals who have left the angst and turmoil of the teenage years behind. The six men and five women introduced have accepted their sexual identity and are concentrating on the larger issues of life--like careers and families. Ford has chosen both his questions and his models carefully and wisely, including several individuals who are involved in high-profile professions in which gays have not always been welcomed--among them, the clergy and the police. Adding depth are a scattering of "Fact" sections (the heading is somewhat misleading) that offer support and insight as well as some history and a sense of some of the important contemporary issues facing the gay community. Ford also includes a wealth of further resources, linking them closely to his personal profiles: for example, a bibliography of books featuring gays in the sports world follows an interview with Marc Leduc, Olympic silver medalist in boxing. Accessible, informative, and sensitive, this stands solidly on its own. It will also be a wonderful companion to Adam Mastoon's profiles of gay teenagers in The Shared Heart , a Booklist Editors' Choice. Stephanie Zvirin
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