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Hear Us Out!: Lesbian and Gay Stories of Struggle, Progress, and Hope, 1950 to the Present

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What was it like being young and gay during the closeted 1950s, the exuberant beginnings of the modern gay rights movement in the 1970s, or the frightening outbreak of HIV and AIDS in the 1980s? In this unique history, Nancy Garden uses both fact and fiction to explore just what it has meant to be young and gay in America during the last fifty years. For each decade from t ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Westly VonShbubblebubble
Hear Us Out is a good book, but I wouldnt re-read it. Dont get me wrong, I do support the LGBT community, I might be part of it actually, but this book didnt really say dont discriminate against us and really was just regurgitating facts and telling stories.

Also, the stories were almost the same, but with a few changes. If there werent any names, then you might have thought that this was the same story. A few that were different was the one about the two gay boys (the only male couple in the EN
Virgowriter (Brad Windhauser)
Interesting premise but not executed well. The essay that sets up the history of each decade tends to be short and underdeveloped. The only in-depth one is for the 2000's (and other decades had their fair share of content, although you wouldn't know that based on this book). The stories themselves have useful moments; however, they often feel like a rough draft wherein the author did some research and needed to prove it by forcing it into the story--often, these characters feel forced into situa ...more
Nov 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: high school students, adults
This was a great book, and I'd highly recommend it for teen (or older) readers, straight or otherwise. Although many teachers may be skittish about tackling the topic of being gay, this book presents it in matter-of-fact essays combined with stories that bring the personal point of view home. Being heavy on facts should help keep book-burning parents at bay.

With a stroll through the decades from the "you're sick and need treatment" '50s to the civil rights empowerment blitz of the '60s to the
Heather Barton
May 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Unique telling of the history of the GLBTQ movement. Each section is devoted to a different decade, beginning with the 1950s. At the beginning of each new decade explored, Nancy Garden gives historical accounts of events of the time and the effects on the GLBTQ community. Young adults of the decades and their own accounts of becoming aware of themselves and the pressure from society to change then follow the historical accounts. The book, told in many different voices gives the reader a great se ...more
May 22, 2008 rated it liked it
This book was a mixed bag. A collection of essays, separated by decade, each followed by a couple of short stories to highlight the issues raised in said essays.
I quite liked the essays and learned a lot from them. However, the short stories were very hit-and-miss. The first one(s) were very flat, but definitely improved as the book proceeded. But another short story was so touching that I and others in the book club were moved to tears. I do think that the author is an ambitious writer and con
Jun 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young queer people
If you're looking for a quick overview of the history of the LGBTQQI (or any combination of those letters) rights movements in recent American history, this is a great book to begin with. From the 1950's to the present, Nancy Garden follows each decade with two short fiction pieces. I was expecting more adult information, as I did not realize this book was geared towards young adults. Despite the lower reading level, this would be a good book to have on hand for anyone involved in the gay-rights ...more
Melissa Dwyer
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally rated E by Lea Blumenfeld
I think that some middle school students need to read this, but only with the approval of the librarian. It shouldn't be put out for general middle school consumption. Very well written. Not graphic. Since the highest rate of suicide among teens is among gay teens, I feel that this is an essential addition to each high school library. The angst felt by the teens in the stories is so well depicted that it is almost palpable. Important for straights to read also
Brooke Houck
Nov 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a pretty good book and it was FULL of great facts regarding LGBT rights and achievements. It went decade by decade all the way for the 1950's to 2000's with letters in-between. I found it very informative and I especially enjoyed learning about all the progress the LGBT community has made.
May 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
I really liked the essays at the beginning of each time period (yes, shocking that me - the most un-historically interested person in the world is saying this) - They helped set the stage for what the time period was like for GLBTQ teens. My heart cried out for many of the characters. I thought many of the stories would have made excellent novels. :)
Priya Bhakta
Dec 20, 2013 rated it liked it
A mix of stories of varying quality, highlighting the changes in opinions and political landscape towards LGBT matters throughout the years.
This book is so important and inspiring! I really enjoyed. I actually found my forensics piece in this book.
Jill Guccini
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thought this was a really accessible way for youth to learn about queer history, in a neat format. Full review up on the Lesbrary tomorrow.
Aug 13, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-non-fiction
An important book, but kind of plodding to get through.
Feb 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
History good, stories boring.
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A versatile writer, Nancy Garden has published books for children as well as for teens, nonfiction as well as fiction. But her novel Annie on My Mind, the story of two high school girls who fall in love with each other, has brought her more attention than she wanted when it was burned in front of the Kansas City School Board building in 1993 and banned from school library shelves in Olathe, Kansas ...more
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