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Speaking Out: LGBTQ Youth Stand Up

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Speaking Out features stories for and about LGBT and Q teens by fresh voices and noted authors in the field of young adult literature. These are inspiring stories of overcoming adversity (against intolerance and homophobia) and experiencing life after "coming out." Queer teens need tales of what might happen next in their lives, and editor Steve Berman showcases a diversit

Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Bold Strokes Books (first published September 1st 2011)
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This excellent collection of thirteen stories gathered and edited by Steve Berman for and about LGBT and Q young adults not only features stories that address the difficulties of coming out to friends and family, but most importantly Speaking Out: LGBTQ Youth Stand Up highlights experiences, changes and difficulties that affect and are experienced by young adults after that important step is taken.

The stories are as varied in style and content as are the writers themselves. L, G, B, T, and Q sto
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Speaking Out: LGBTQ Youth Stand Up by editor Steve Berman is an excellent collection of thirteen short stories for and about LGBTQ teens and young adults. The anthology offers a diversity of life experiences and covers a spectrum of issues that LGBTQ youth face in living as out, from first crushes, falling in love and relationships, to forming supportive networks, standing up to homophobia and other discrimination, and planning for their future.

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Dec 22, 2011 Lydia Sharp rated it really liked it
"Lucky P" by Rigoberto Gonzalez - 5 stars
"Day Student" by Sam Cameron - 4 stars
"Gutter Ball" by Danielle Pignataro - 4 stars
"Captain of the World" by Alex Jeffers - 5 stars
"The Proximity of Seniors" by L.A. Fields - 3 stars
"Subtle Poison" by Lucas J.W. Johnson - 5 stars
"Forever Is Composed of Nows" by Will Ludwigsen - 4 stars
"The Spark of Change" by Dia Pannes - 5 stars
"The Trouble With Billy" by Jeffrey Ricker - 3 stars
"Only Lost Boys Are Found" by Steve Berman - 4 stars
"Waiting to Show Her" by
This was a wonderful collection of stories from a wide range of viewpoints and places in the GBLT spectrum. In collections, some stories are always better than others, and it's a pity that the first story in this didn't really grab my attention, and I almost didn't read the whole book because I was having trouble getting through it. However, once I did, I couldn't stop reading the rest of it. Lots of hard times for these characters, but lots of support as well, sometimes from unexpected places.
Feb 17, 2012 bjneary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, lgbtqia, psla-2012
Speaking Out. Valley Falls, NY: Bold Strokes Books, 2011. 978-1-60282-566-6. 276p. $13.95. Gr. 9-12.
A wonderful collection of short stories designed to captivate and urge LGBT kids to speak out and let their voices, stories, and thoughts be heard. The author of each story has an introduction detailing their life as a YA author and a personal story or anecdote.
Mar 21, 2012 Bob rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, lgbt
I love short story collections and buy them often. This was was really good. I especially enjoyed The Trouble with Billy by Jeffrey Ricker where we discover a twist on bullies and Subtle Poison by Lucas J.W. Johnson where the fringe kids befriend Alex, trangender kid. All of them are fine stories about kids coming out in high school.
Jan 09, 2012 Zorayda rated it it was amazing
This is a very wondeful set of stories by LGBTQ youth speaking out about their coming out fears and experiences that are very heart-warming and lets youth everywhere know that it's ok, alot of people are going through this and it's going to be ok. Speaking out is the best thing LGBTQ youth can do.
“All Gender U” by Sandra McDonald is about Lin and the inclusive college she dreams of attending, since she was born a boy. “Only Lost Boys Are Found” by Steve Berman is about an unnamed second-person narrator rescuing/ locating Neil, the boy he likes, from a literal or is it figurative closet, with the help of Neil’s brother, a bully, and the narrator’s mean sister. “The Spark of Change” by Dia Pannes is about Miriam and her Dad, when she helps put out at a fire, at her teacher’s house, when he ...more
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Feb 04, 2016 Morninglight Mama rated it really liked it
Teenaged relationships are universally tricky, but for young people who have uncertainty about their sexual orientation or are gay, either openly or undisclosed, there's an additional level of challenge. Parental disapproval is a common experience, as well as difficulty dealing with harassment from peers. Though these negative experiences are featured in many short stories in this collection, even greater emphasis is placed on the characters' abilities to overcome these challenges, rise above ha ...more
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