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This Book is Gay

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  5,963 ratings  ·  950 reviews
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 INST
Paperback, 271 pages
Published September 4th 2014 by Hot Key Books
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Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtqia
Just to make that clear for people liking (and commenting on) this review:
I did NOT give this book two stars because I think there is anything wrong with being part of the LGBTQIA+/MOGAI community.
I gave it two stars because it claims to be inclusive but for the most part only covers issues that people who are gay/lesbian (and stick to binary genders and all the expectations society brings with them) have to deal with. I gave it two stars because I don't consider this book to be very inclusive,
JV (semi-hiatus)
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Cis gay men
Shelves: 2018, lgbtq, nonfiction
Give me something gay, and I would definitely read it. Give me a book cover that is gay with a gay title, I'm all for it!

As someone who supports the gay agenda and world domination (in my queerest dreams!), I thought that this would be an exhilarating read. Unfortunately, it wasn't. As much as I would like to love this book, it was not entirely inclusive of the whole community leaving out non-binary peeps and left me feeling quite disappointed. For an instructional manual, it's still useful an
May 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book is gay, and had it not claimed to be anything else, I think it would be a really, really excellent read. I'd still recommend it for cis gay boys, because I think there's a lot of great information there, and therefore, I'll give it two stars rather than one. But make no mistake - this book is for them. I don't know why the entirety of the spectrum is claimed to be covered in this book, because it isn't with anywhere near the type of depth, accuracy, or effort made for the others. It's ...more
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Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this one especially because I finished it so quick.I thought the narrative was great as parts were funny and it felt like I was just being personally addressed.The book deals with many important topics in an informative,insightful and entertaining way.Also, it helped me view things differently like the need to always give ourselves labels and fulfil stereotypes isn't necessary.This was a nice,quick,enjoyable but informative read and I'd recommend it. ...more
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book isn't really gay, it's just wonderful. It's essentially a whirlwind myth busting tour of the world of sexual orientation and gender identity. A must-read for anyone with concerns or just general interest around this continually evolving area.

It's been so long since I sat down and read anything around these issues, seeing this splendidly titled rainbow book got me thinking it was time I read-up on where we are today and where we're heading. Dawson's smart-casual approach littered with h
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq
I was so prepared to love this book and recommend it to all my friends and buy a million copies of it to donate to my library.

Unfortunately, while there were a few good parts (like the tips about coming out), this book was mostly a disappointment. It mostly focuses on cisgender gay men and their problems, and often throws trans people under the bus to make a sassy statement. Like, there are several times when the author says "lesbians love vaginas!," which completely ignores the fact that not al
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This was a super quick and also very interesting read. It is written in a very informal and very positive style, and I would recommend it especially for teenagers as it covers the very basics of LGBTQ+ topics and can help young people who are trying to understand themselves and to find their way (to either label or not label themselves, to come out or not etc.). I would also say it’s a good book for parents and teachers to read because it gives them a tool they can use to help their cha
Kayla Rayne
Mar 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Let me start off by saying that a three star rating is still a good rating from my standpoint. Okay, now that that is out there, let's review.

I felt like this was a great book to pick up if you are a little on the clueless end of knowing about LGBT community and other basic information that is typically withheld when discussing sexuality in the massively straight and often times homophobic world. Thankfully, my college program had a great focus on many of the topics discussed in this book so I
Dec 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Look. I really wanted to like this book. But I couldn’t get through a single page of it without wrinkling my nose at all the blatant transphobia from a book that claimed to speak for me.
I started being wary on page two, with the whole “some men want to be women" thing. Trans people don’t want to be another gender, they are, plain and simple. Imagine if I wrote gay men want to love boys. That looks absolutely ridiculous and homophobic; gay men do love boys. And trans people are they say they are
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, even though I think gay men will identify way more than women - well the author is a man so that's kinda why ^^ but overall it's a really funny read, I laughed quite a lot and it was precious to see all the faces that people made around me in the Metro, because it's not like you can't tell what this book is about when you see the cover 🙈
As a bisexual young woman, I thought this book was interesting, but it didn't teach me a lot that I didn't know already. But if you're
Kathrine Pachniuk
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I think this is a really important book - or rather I hope this sets an important trend in non-fiction books introducing kids (and adults) to other sexual orientations that straight with humor and wit. I hope to see more like it in the near future about more non-normal (normal being the social norm) orientations and lifestyles. That would be wicked.
Be aware that James was white, gay and cisgender [at the time this was written] and that shows but she also states that just about first thing. She
Actual rating: 3.5*

Content: 3/5
The opening of the book explains that it's tried to be as inclusive and intersectional as possible, but there is a disclaimer that it, like anything, isn't perfect and to bear that in mind while reading. That said, this book is pretty gay-cis-male heavy (which Dawson points out sometimes can't helped since all scientific research etc has been geared towards the cis male experience because patriarchy, dammit.) Dawson did bring in a queer female writer to co-write a
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Even though I always had the internet, I think that to have had this book in 7th grade when I started to admit to myself that I was gay would've felt similar to how Alec and Geena's characters in Beetlejuice feel upon finding the "Handbook for the Recently Deceased."
I blazed through it, probably because it felt like the pretty, packaged LGBTQ* education I never got in school. As James Dawson points out, there is a horrifying degree of institutional homophobia present even in the most progressiv
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
A fun, factual and frank discussion about what it means to be LGBT...but mostly G.

I'm on the fence about this one.

On the one hand, it was one of the first books that was widely published providing teens something of a how-to manual—what certain things mean, what it means to be gay, lesbian, bi or trans, what is the difference between gender, sex and sexuality, politics and law, navigating sex as part of the LGBT community, STI/Ds and HIV, and how to combat religious bigots. It does try to be in
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: glbt
Too much "I believe that...", "I can argue that...", "I think...". I was expecting less opinion, and more substantive facts. In a section about bullying, the author recommends keeping a journal, with witnesses, dates, etc. Then showing this to an authority-person, because they WILL listen to you. But the next sentence says: If the first person doesn't listen to you... What?? Didn't you JUST say that they WILL listen to you?

I am only 40% done and I rarely DNF a book. But I need to stop. There are
Mar 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
So, pretty much, don't read this? I started out reading it and thought, wow, this has not aged well, and then I read the verso, which said the date of publication was... four years ago. Which was pretty much when my internal voice went, 'Oh... no. This is going to get worse, isn't it?'. Spolier: it did.

Did not finish. Really exclusionary of pretty much anyone but cis gay males, pretty much every quote on bisexuality is about not liking labels or actually identifying as something OTHER than bi, e
Sarah Theis
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Witty, interesting and informative especially for any teens (not just LGBTQ) who have any or many questions. Saw this displayed back in Pride month at my local bookstore and my friend was nice enough to lend me a copy.
Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it

I wish I could have found a book like this when I was 12 and crushing hardcore on a girl for the first time ever. I was so deep in denial, I'd pretty much dug a hole all the way to the center of the earth and it took me another 10 years before I could accept the fact that I like boys and girls, and that that is okay. The things mentioned in this book are stuff we never talked about at school or in sex ed or whatever. I think I was 14 when I realized girls could like girls too (this being aft
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
DNF at 50%
While this book does have a great premise and tons of fantastic real-world testimonies from the LGBTQ+ community, the lack of skilled execution and the poor sense of humor kind of ruined this book for me. It got to the point where I was just enjoying the testimonies and none of the actual writing being done. In my opinion, the jokes made in this book were more often in poor taste, somewhat juvenile, and sometimes downright sexist and excluding of people not exclusively of the 'traditio
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Although I enjoyed some of this book, it had many faults. It was NOT very inclusive for asexual, pansexual, or even bisexual people. Oh and non binary genders? Pfffft forget about them. This book had a great tone , and was entertaining , but it was filled with casual cissexism and incorrect definitions. I think it was worth the read, but I wouldn't exactly recommend it. ...more
Robin Stevens
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, important, timely and incredibly funny non-fiction guide to every aspect of the LGBT* experience. This should be a curriculum book!
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a bisexual female with a girlfriend, this book was what I needed in my life
Nicole Craswell
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

This book was really great in a lot of really important ways but was rather problematic in a number of ways. It provides a lot of great information for young people questioning or discovering their sexuality.

However when the book says it talks about LGBT+ identities, the + is an outright lie. In fact not only does it not talk about identities that are not gay/lesbian/bi/trans, it actually uses a lot of language that is really shaming towards asexual, aromanitic, polyamorous, and gende
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I couldn't help but read the title of this book out loud whenever I picked it up to read, and I almost always used the snarky voice from the intro of the YouTube series "That's Gay." This action was performed entirely out of love, but, at the same time out of a need for a laugh.

This Book is Gay is a sweet little book that I wish had existed when I was a teenager. The Closeted young man that I was probably wouldn't have read this book for fear of social rejection, but I wish it had existed for th
Carol Flores
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Story: 2.5/5.
Audio: 4/5.
Narrated by Christopher Solimene.

This is a manual on LGBT people, and man, this didn’t age well. A lot has changed in 4, almost 5 years since it was published.

There were several things wrong with this book, but the main thing that got me is that is more focused on the Gay side of the LGBTQ+ community. It barely talks about being Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, Queer or even Asexual (as myself). To me, it felt like perhaps it was a good book back then, because it t
sofia (sam willows)
This Book Is Gay is a really fun and informative book. It gives insight on multiple lgbtq+ people's experiences, while simultaneously making you laugh out loud.

There isn't really much to say, other than that this book suits better young gay men than it does any other group. The author, a gay man, started this book with a great and funny introduction on sexuality, and all the ways it can be experienced. But, it the second half of the book, where he started exploring it a bit more, made it feel as
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2015
I think this book is a great way to spread lgbt+ acceptance and tolerance.
Whether you're out, thinking of coming out, questioning your gender identity/sexuality or just want to get more clued up about what it's like not to be straight and cisgender this book is for you.
Obviously it cannot tell all sides of the story and everyones perspective and individual stories however it doesn't claim to and does a great job breaking down lots of stereotypes and facts into easy to read and understan
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I understand of course that this book isn’t really aimed at me as a straight cis person - but it was still an interesting read although the writing style was a little childish which doesn’t make sense due to the content of some of the chapters 🤷‍♀️
Kira Thebookbella
In no way is this a complete list of everything you need to know about the LGBTQIA+ community. But if you are someone who is looking to for a summary to learn about this community, this book is perfect for you or a loved one who know someone in this community.

❤🧡💛💚The topics covered💙💜💖❤
💚Homophobic Language
💜Coming Out
💖Meeting Others in the community
❤Gay Sex
🧡Moving in Together & Having Children
💛Gay Saints Index
💚Guidance for Loved one

This book was
Oct 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020, nonfiction
First and foremost for anyone who comes across this review and doesn’t know: I am gay
It hurts me to give this 1 stars but I had so many issues with this book. I appreciate what the author was trying to do, giving a kind of Sex Ed for queer/questioning teens is a very good idea, I personally definitely didn’t receive any queer Sex Ed in school and I believe it should be mandatory just like heterosexual Sex Eductation
but here are some of my issues listed in no particular order
- there were spelli
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Raised in West Yorkshire, James eventually moved to Brighton where he wrote for local papers and magazines whilst working as a primary school teacher.

In 2011, James left teaching to write full-time and now lives in London.

Hollow Pike is his first novel for young adults.

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