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If It's A Choice, My Zygote Chose Balls: Making Sense of Senseless Controversy

4.39 of 5 stars 4.39  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Jeremy Hooper's Good As You website ( is known for blending passion and wit, making the case for LGBT equality worldwide. In If It's a Choice, My Zygote Chose Balls: Making Sense of Senseless Controversy, Jeremy continues that style, blending a unique mix of memoir and social commentary that argues for equal rights based on relatable human principles.

Paperback, 1, 238 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Good As You
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Susan Shulman
Dec 13, 2012 Susan Shulman rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone and anyone
Recommended to Susan by: Jeremy Hooper and Andrew Shulman
Of course I was going to read this book (I have read it twice so far). Jeremy is my son-in-law and I have a gay son. My first read left me in awe of Jeremy's amazing use of language while presenting a poignant and clear portrait of the gay rights movement. I was a little nervous reading it for the first time, not only for fear of finding typos (that I knew would annoy the heck out of my perfectionist son-in-law), but worried if I would follow it all or maybe find out something that Jeremy felt t ...more
I cannot recommend this book enough. As an educator, and as an aware adult and citizen, I believe that this book should be read by every high-school student. And then let the recommendations and dialogue ensue. Yes, dialogue. Not enough information is available from persons who have the experience, the intelligence, the real-world insight, and the wit and relatability of Mr. Hooper. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll smile, you'll see light bulbs flashing above your head, but more than anything, y ...more
Jul 24, 2012 Thomas rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: gay
Recommended to Thomas by: LGBT
The LGBT community has been under attack by conservatives and religious fundamentalists since before Adam and Steve had their first chance to shake their groove thing at the first Eden Happy Hour (at which I'm sure God was handing out the microphone for karaoke and welcome everyone in with wide open arms regardless of taste in music, drink or sex).

Jeremy Hooper (of has written a smart, witty and deeply personal pilgrimage from closeted upbringing to proud advocate for human e
Julie Lumpkin
As a mom of a gay son, I loved this book because it walked me through the experiences of a gay man from his childhood to his marriage. Jeremy Hooper shared his story in a heartfelt, witty, and thoughtful way. His book made me laugh, cry, and, most importantly, encouraged me to be a voice for equality for the LGBT community. This book came to me at just the right time, and I am grateful! It's a must read for any member of the LGBT community and their supporters who want to be a positive force in ...more
Terri Baldwin
I loved this book! Jeremy was able to join humor and common sense in this wonderful book! I think everyone needs to read this book, the world will be a better place! This book can really open the eyes of many people that fear the LGBT community simply because they do not understand it. I've seen that fear and hatred sent my way, but I've also been really glad to see that there are a lot of wonderful people out there that may not embrace the lifestyle, but let us be ourselves and show us as much ...more
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Being a supporter of marriage equality and gay rights, I enjoyed reading "If It's a Choice..." greatly. Jeremy Hooper shows, through prose and example, that the average LGBT person wants nothing more than a fair shake from life. As much a memoir as a call to action, this book provides as much entertainment in the form of humor as it oes insight into the anti-gay movement, it's myriad motivations, and why we should not ale it seriously.

If I do ha
Drew Humberd
A pretty humorous memoir/homily about equality. I really enjoyed the parts that were more sincere and heartfelt; I felt like the book could use a few less George Takei-esque puns. (Jeremy may have been doing them longer than George, granted.)
Jim Kelly
What a lovely book. I have enjoyed reading Jeremy Hooper's column Goodasyou for awhile and was glad I got to read his book. He is intelligent, witty and charming. I hope he writes more books.
Jun 05, 2012 Edward marked it as to-read
I've been reading the website for years, and I look forward to reading Jeremy's new book.
Kythera Anevern
Having followed Mr. Hooper's blog for about a year, I was excited to hear he had a book forthcoming. When I at last had it in hand, I was not disappointed. Mr. Hooper's humor shines through as expected. While his story is at times heartbreaking (and all too familiar), the grace, levity, and humanity with which he recounts his tale is refreshing, and makes this book an easy read. It is a volume I have eagerly recommended to family members who are struggling to reconcile their modern mainstream Ch ...more
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Since founding Good As You ( in 2005, Jeremy Hooper has garnered a reputation as a fresh voice in the worlds of Internet publishing and activism. With a background geared both towards entertainment and advocacy, he approaches LGBT issues with a showman’s spirit, pointing out perceived wrongdoings and follies with the clever exuberance of a seasoned jester. Both Hooper and his web ...more
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