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Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son

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In this poignant and urgent love letter to his son, award-winning Broadway, TV and film producer Richie Jackson reflects on his experiences as a gay man in America and the progress and setbacks of the LGBTQ community over the last 50 years.

“My son is kind, responsible, and hardworking. He is ready for college. He is not ready to be a gay man living in America.”

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Hardcover, 160 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Harper
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Kat E.
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five Stars*****
A complex and beautiful love note to his young son who also happens to be gay. This book was filled with tender and provoking thoughts on why remembering you are a gay man is so important. The author now is in his fifties and does not want his son to take for granted how much was fought to advance the gay community and get some of the basic rights always taken for granted by the heterosexual community. Marriage was a landmark decision offering an institution Mr. Jackson never
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John Wimmer
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
We recieved the book, "Gay Like Me", from a Goodreads giveaway, and it was a pleasure to read. With all of the sensitive issues in the Gay lifestyles of today, this book tells it like it is. The author was proud to be a man about revealing his right to be a Gay, and explores many of the fascinating aspects of his unique lifestyle. He also explains how the changing culture in America affected his many tough decisions as a Gay man. Great biographical account of a complex human being, very moving. ...more
Brianna Carrasco
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I have pretty mixed opinions about this book. I didn't know who Richie Jackson was before getting this arc, so I didn't realize he's actually in the entertainment industry. From reading this book, I understand that Richie is a very intellectual, loving, and caring man and father. He'd lived through the AIDS crisis and now has a gay son who is going away to college and wants to share all the vital information he's
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Danagolub
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I found it thought provoking, insightful, tremendously relatable and beautifully written.

This book had all of the elements of a truly wonderful work -- I could not put it down; I felt emotional while I was reading it; I wanted to immediately share parts of it with my husband and friends; I didn't want it to end; and I still remember it 30 minutes after I finished it -- notable with my goldfish memory!

I really appreciated the approach of the author "speaking" to his son and
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Kathy
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found Gay Like Me both an interesting and informative read. In it, a gay father passes along his lessons learned to his gay son heading off to college. He tells of his life as a gay boy, growing to adulthood in times when being homosexual was dangerous, and far less accepted than it is today.

The author rejoices in who he is, and despite the difficulties, embraces being gay as the best thing about himself. He hopes that his son learns to be proud and open about who he is as well, so that LGBT
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Andreína
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
I requested this book because when I read it was "a poignant and urgent love letter" I really thought it would make me feel something. It didn't.

Sadly, you have to be a person from the US in order to understand a lot of the things the author was talking about, and when he actually gave some context about the situations, I was already bored and didn't feel like reading tons of dates and names mixed up in two paragraphs that I was going to forget the next minute.

The thing that bothered me the
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John Amory
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This was occasionally very thoughtful and eloquent, but it was also slight and sometimes awkward due to the very personal framing device of this being a long letter from father to son.
Csimplot Simplot
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!!!
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