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Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian: A Literary Anthology

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The first literary anthology geared specifically to lesbian and gay youth, Growing Up Gay is a much-needed resource for young people who are often isolated, shunned by their peers, and treated by schools and the media as though they do not exist. This ambitious collection of more than fifty coming of age stories pairs selections by teenagers with older writers' reflections ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 1st 1994 by The New Press
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Jill
Oct 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed a lot of this book. It contains essays, fictional short stories, and poems by many different authors including Audre Lord, Martina Navratilova, David Kopay, Walt Whitman, James Baldwin, Malcolm Boyd, and Dorothy Allison. The accounts take place anytime from the 1910s through the 1990s, in urban and rural locations and among individuals of many different races. The common theme is the courage of these individuals as they grapple with their sexuality in an incredibly homophobic so ...more
David Bunegar
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this book AFTER I decided to dive right into the unknown. Hindsight is.....d'oh! I wish I had read it first. Many teachers that I have been friends with have appreciated this book.
Matt Sautman
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic anthology, this volume combines selections of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that pertain to gay/lesbian identity in America. Noteworthy prominent authors in this collection include Baldwin, Whitman, Anzaldúa, and Lorde. While this collection certainly has a YA slant, making it ideal for high school teachers who are wanting to include a more diverse selection of readings in their classroom, some of the pieces, like Kevin Jennings's "American Dreams," could be useful in a first year ...more
lithomancy
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbt-books
This kind of anthology is always hit or miss from one story to another. You will find in that book wonderful and powerful writing, but you'll also find some pretty shitty stuff. Some of the authors also defend vehemently the necessity of coming out, which is fair but also they disregard the fact that not everyone can actually come out. Some of those authors really lack empathy in my opinion, which disturbed me a lot when i was reading this.
On the other hand, I've read this when i just started to
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