Growing Up Gay: A Literary Anthology

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Integrating selections by gay and lesbian teenagers with older writers' reflections on growing up lesbian or gay, this anthology features works by James Baldwin, Rita Mae Brown, Questin Crisp, Audre Lorde, Martina Navratilova, and David Leavitt.

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Diversity is the central theme of this eclectic anthology, which takes a giant step forward in addressing lesbian and gay teens, a group often overlooked in YA literature. Presented in sections on self-discovery, friends, family and "facing the world," this empowering collection of stories, poems, interviews, essays and excerpts from novels takes a healthy overview of gay writing. Equally balanced between male and female voices, its 56 entries represent a well-rounded and refreshing mix of viewpoints, ages and races. Coming out is, naturally, a frequent topic, but some of the most affecting pieces are those that recall the pains of adolescence and the struggles to understand a world that offers little affirmation. Not only does this anthology allow teens to see gay people's lives reflected in a rich variety of literature (from the novels of James Baldwin, Rita Mae Brown and Jeanette Winterson, to the resounding voices of poets Essex Hemphill, Dennis Cooper and Pat Parker), but it also reminds readers that the desires, fears and dreams of gay teens are not so different from those of their straight counterparts. A bibliography and an extensive resource directory are appended. Ages 13-up.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

The past decade has seen a dramatic increase in gay and lesbian fiction and non-fiction. Since much of this is oriented toward an older audience, young people have largely been ignored. This work helps to remedy that situation. Culled from the writings of 56 authors, this book offers a message to gay and lesbian youth that they are not alone. The material here ranges from fiction by James Baldwin, Rita Mae Brown, and David Leavitt to autobiographical essays by Audre Lord, Quentin Crisp, and Martina Navratilova. The book is arranged into categories that encompass self-discovery, relationships, family, and "facing the world." One of the younger authors succinctly states in a letter to a relative that "by trusting young people with honest information... we empower them." This important anthology aims to do just that. Essential for all high school/college libraries and highly recommended for all public libraries.
- Richard Drezen, Merrill Lynch Lib., New York
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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