GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens

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When it was first published in 2003, GLBTQ quickly became the indispensable resource for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning teens. This fully revised and updated edition retains all of the straightforward information and practical advice of the original edition while providing a contemporary look at society and its growing acceptance of people who are GLBTQ. Included are updates on efforts to promote equality, including the current status of legislative initiatives concerning safe schools, gay ...

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Overview

When it was first published in 2003, GLBTQ quickly became the indispensable resource for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning teens. This fully revised and updated edition retains all of the straightforward information and practical advice of the original edition while providing a contemporary look at society and its growing acceptance of people who are GLBTQ. Included are updates on efforts to promote equality, including the current status of legislative initiatives concerning safe schools, gay marriage, workplace equality, transgender expression, and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Issues-based information and advice address coming out, prejudice, getting support, staying safe, making healthy choices, and thriving in school. This frank, sensitive book is written for young people who are beginning to question their sexual or gender identity, those who are ready to work for GLBTQ rights, and those who may need advice, guidance, or reassurance that they are not alone.

 

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Editorial Reviews

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“Readers will find all sorts of useful information in the revised, updated second edition of GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens.”—Gregg Shapiro, Bay Area Reporter

“One of the best guides available for queer teens and their allies . . . Huegel unflinchingly and clearly explains what young adults, parents, and educators want and need to know . . . An excellent choice for libraries of all types.”—School Library Journal

“Uplifting wisdom . . . GLBTQ is sage advice, and a strong gift to any teenager.”—Midwest Book Review

GLBTQ’s subtitle promises that this text is a survival guide, and in many ways, it delivers on that promise. For youth needing basic resources . . . GLBTQ will provide both help, and hope, for our most vulnerable community members.”—Curve magazine

“Addresses the most critical issues faced by contemporary GLBTQ teens . . . the information it provides for teens makes it a valuable addition to any high school or public library collection.”—VOYA

“This book is one of queer life’s essentials—a must have for any LGBTQ young person, parent, or person working with youth. It is a book that can save and transform young lives and we need it to be everywhere.”—Out in Jersey Magazine

“This is a book I would have stolen from my library. GLBTQ is a book that needs to be in every junior high and high school library. The book is thorough and could help empower so many young people who are going through their adolescence full of fear.”

—Jamie McGonnigal, Talk About Equality blog

“For school counselors looking for a book that will provide professional development by deepening empathy for LGBTQ students, this book is a must-have. But even more importantly, by loaning the book out to students, school counselors can provide assurance to LGBTQ students that they are not alone and that there is an adult ready to help them process through any questions without judgment.”—ASCA School Counselor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575423630
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Revised, Revised and Updated 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 299,786
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Huegel is the director of public-private partnerships for a military medical foundation. Previously, she worked for the Metropolitan Washington DC chapter of PFLAG, where she helped provide support and educational services for GLBTQ people and their families. The author of two books and more than fifty published articles, Kelly has a special passion for working with teens and holds a degree in secondary education. She welcomes readers to follow her updates on GLBTQ politics and people or message her direct via Twitter @GLBTQguide. Kelly lives with her girlfriend in suburban Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Foreword viii

Introduction 1

A Changing World 2

About This Book 3

Chapter 1 GLBTQ 101 6

GLBTQ Terminology 7

A Biology Lesson? The Science of GLBTQ 10

Your Personal Geography: Exploring Who You Are 15

Myths, Generalizations, and Just Plain Absurd Ideas About GLBTQ People … and the Truth 18

Chapter 2 Homophobia 27

The 411 on Hate: The Roots of Homophobia 28

The Big Bad World? Homophobia in Society and at School 31

Responding to Homophobia 35

When Homophobia = Ongoing Harassment 43

The Good News 46

Chapter 3 Coming Out 48

What Is Coming Out All About? 49

How's the Weather Out There? Deciding If You're Ready (and If It's Safe) to Come Out 51

I Have Something to Tell You: Coming Out to Your Family 58

Chicas, Peeps, and Brahs: Coming Out to Your Friends 64

Coming Out at School 65

Chapter 4 Life at School 67

School Life for GLBTQ Teens: The Big Picture 67

Feeling Invisible…or Too Visible 69

Exercising Your Rights as a GLBTQ Student 72

The Voice of Authority: Talking to Teachers and Administrators 77

Club Life: Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) and Other Queer-Friendly Activities 79

Moving On: Deciding If You Need to Change Schools 82

Chapter 5 GLBTQ Friends 85

Part of the Family: The Utterly Diverse, Somewhat Cohesive, Always Interesting GLBTQ Community 86

IMRU2? Meeting Other GLBTQ Teens 87

Making Connections: GLBTQ Online Communities 90

Queer Compadres: GLBTQ Friendships 92

Straight But Not Narrow: Other Friends 93

Chapter 6 Dating and Relationships 94

Soul Searching: Figuring Out If You're Ready to Date 94

Who Gets the Check? GLBTQ Dating Basics 96

Being "Out" on a Date 100

Singing the Breakup Blues 101

Abusive Relationships: Recognizing Them and Getting Help 103

Chapter 7 Sex and Sexuality 110

Making Sound Decisions About Sex 112

Five Myths (and Truths) About GLBTQ Sex 118

The Big Picture: STIs and Pregnancy 121

Chapter 8 Staying Healthy 129

Chilling Out: Dealing with Stress as a GLBTQ Teen 130

When Stress Turns Into Depression 134

Thinking About Drinking: Making Decisions About Alcohol 140

The Truth About Tobacco 143

Avoiding Drugs 145

Chapter 9 Religion and Culture 150

States of Being: Religious Life and GLBTQ Life 151

Making Room in Religion: Reconciling Your Personal Beliefs 155

Cultural Differences, Being GLBTQ, and You 162

Chapter 10 Transgender Teens 167

What Does It Mean to Be Transgender? 169

How Do You Know? Figuring Out If You're Transgender 175

Now What? Options for Trans Teens 178

Trans Pride: Responding to Transphobia 187

Chapter 11 Work, College, and Beyond 189

Finding a GLBTQ-Friendly Company 189

Being GLBTQ in the Workplace: Your Decisions and Your Rights 190

A Perfect Match: Finding the Right School 195

Going with the Flow: Some Thoughts on Getting Older 199

Glossary 200

Resources 207

Selected Bibliography 215

Index 219

About the Author 229

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

    Uplifting and Helpful

    This book is aimed primarily at teenagers (perhaps 11-18) who are LGBTQ. Many topics are covered, and the language of the book is very supportive and uplifting -- like talking with a fantastic queer mentor. Some aspects of the book are simple, but these are the things that LGBTQ young people (like myself) need to hear and often don't. With LGBT topics left out of health classes and typical "Talks" with parents, even simple ideas need to be expressed, and this book gets those too. This isn't necessarily a comprehensive resource, but it truly does hit many topics -- some I didn't even consider! It's amazing how many questions come up when you find out your LGBTQ, and even years later there are some still unanswered or unaddressed. Overall, this book is a fantastic resource for anyone reading this review wondering if they are LGBTQ or for a parent or anyone else to give to any young person (even straight!).

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