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This Book is Gay

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,570 ratings  ·  622 reviews
Alternate cover edition for 9781492617839

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
Paperback, 271 pages
Published September 4th 2014 by Hot Key Books
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Junkmonkey Mothers or fathers - we're parents first. As the parent of a gay daughter I found it very useful, helpful, well-written and unpatronising. Blunt and…more Mothers or fathers - we're parents first. As the parent of a gay daughter I found it very useful, helpful, well-written and unpatronising. Blunt and honest, funny and a good reference point for building bridges of understanding between generations. (less)

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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,
Juliana Zapata
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Cuando empecé este libro, no sabía con que me iba a encontrar, la verdad pensé que era un novela, una historia con personajes LGBT, pero resulta que no es así.
Este libro es un manual, una guía para conocer y entender a la comunidad LGBT, creo que sería de mucha ayuda para alguien que esté buscando su identidad sexual o que necesite ayuda para "salir del armario".
También sería de gran ayuda para amigos, familiares y especialmente padres que quieran entender mejor y ayudar a una persona cerca que
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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.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Cis gay men
Shelves: lgbtq, 2018, 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 and
This Book Is Gay is exactly what I needed: the book to pull me out of my reading slump. It was fresh, innovative, informative, and hilarious, and I’m glad that our society is finally making place for books like this to exist. I don’t think it would’ve been as well received as, say, twenty years ago. Things are changing for the better now, and that’s awesome.

This book is great for anyone who wishes to learn more about homosexuality, whether you’re gay, bisexual, trans, or (in my case) an open-min
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
✩ Ashley ✩
2.5 Stars

I was stoked to have a self-proclaimed LGBT+ “instruction manual” in my hands!! ...and then I read it. It had so much potential for greatness, yet somehow it blatantly failed to be truly inclusive of the entire community that it claimed to represent:
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.

Actually, it’s not. It’s shockingly
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
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: estantería

Este libro es Gay es uno de los libros más difíciles que he reseñado en toda mi vida. Estamos ante una especie de manual sobre la comunidad LGTB (que no LGTBIQ) dirigida a jóvenes que quieran saber algo más sobre orientación sexual y género o piensen que quizás pertenezcan a dicha comunidad. Un manual un tanto frívolo y a la vez bueno en determinados aspectos.
Sí, es complicado de explicar. A esto hay que sumarle que personalmente no considero
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
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Intelligently written, educational and humorous. This is like the guide-to-being-gay bible, only more better!

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
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 is white, gay and cisgender and that shows but he also states that just about first thing. He does include transgender and menti
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
Andrea Belfiori
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Premetto che questo libro non è un romanzo, ma una vera e propria guida per le persone appartenenti alla comunità LGBT* ma anche per chi vuole conoscere questo mondo dall'esterno. E nel suo essere una guida secondo me fa tutto bene: è esaustiva perché riporta tanti fatti, tante testimonianze e tante informazioni utili; è educativa perché affronta argomenti quali il genere, la sessualità e il rispetto; ed è pure molto divertente e ironica in vari momenti. Secondo me è un libro che qualsiasi adole ...more
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
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
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Tuve la oportunidad de leer Este libro es gay hace algún tiempo, aunque entonces no sabía qué título tenía y no me había dado cuenta hasta hace unos días de que se trataba de este libro. Y no, no me gustó. Con el jugo que podía habérsele sacado al tema, el resultado podría haber sido mucho mejor, pero no ha sido así. Tengo dos problemas principales con este libro: el primero, que me parece bastante inútil, y el segundo, que lo veo muy oportunista. Pero será mejor que vayamos por partes.

Reseña co
Esteban Parra
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Llevaba mucho, pero mucho rato sin reírme tanto gracias a un libro. James Dawson nos regala los resultados de muchos años de estudio y trabajo, de una manera amena, cercana, divertida, didáctica y en muchos sentidos, acertada. El penúltimo capítulo es bello, en todo el sentido de la palabra.

Las ilustraciones son una pasada. De lo más lindo que he visto. Te amo Spike Gerrell.
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
Giovanni Storiale
Sep 19, 2015 rated it liked it
This Book is Gay non è un romanzo: è un vero e proprio manuale sul mondo LGBT che di diritto entra in questa piccola rassegna.
James Dawson – con l’aiuto dei bellissimi disegni di Spike Gerrel – dividendo in capitoli la sua guida, passa in rassegna diversi argomenti per definire e chiarire il mondo LGBT in modo (quasi) sempre divertente ed ironico, sia a chi non ne fa parte sia a coloro che sono in procinto di prendere quella che lui chiama la “membership card” del mondo arcobaleno.
In questo libr
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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!
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
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
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
George Lester
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Without a shadow of doubt, TBIG is one of the most important books ever written. It's bold, it's honest and, above all else, it's got heart. Read it and let it blow your mind wide open, let it teach you things you didn't know. Listen to these stories and grow. An absolutely stunning book!

It's the kind of book I really could've done with while I was growing up. It has the potential to do so much good! I urge you, whoever you are, to pick it up.
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This type of book is perfect for libraries, where hopefully, it would be able to be read by teenagers (its target market) without fear or judgement.

But are schools likely to add it to their collection? It won't hide quietly on a shelf, not with that bright cover and bold title.

It's funny, informative and flippant. It doesn't talk down to its audience, however, a lot of its language and slang is British, which can be confusing (is 'bumming' really a term?).

I learnt a lot.
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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.

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