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 on growing up gay or lesbian. Fiction by James Baldwin, Rita Mae Brown, and Jeanette Winterson counterpoints autobiographical pieces by ...
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Overview

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 on growing up gay or lesbian. Fiction by James Baldwin, Rita Mae Brown, and Jeanette Winterson counterpoints autobiographical pieces by Quentin Crisp, Audre Lorde, and Paul Monette; diary accounts of growing up gay in the 1980s and 1990s complement poems, stories, and oral histories that tell what it was like to come of age as a gay man or lesbian in the 1940s and 1950s, when the notion of gay liberation was a distant prospect indeed. Topics include discovering one's sexual identity, entering into friendships and relationships, and finding a place within the sometimes hostile, sometimes welcoming worlds of school, family, work, faith, and community. Central to the book are the voices of young people struggling with how it feels to be part of a largely invisible and often misunderstood minority. The anthology also contains a comprehensive resource guide, with suggestions for further reading, listings of gay and lesbian youth organizations, and phone numbers for national and local hot lines.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Diversity is the central theme of this eclectic anthology, which takes a giant step forward in addressing lesbian and gay teens, a group often overlooked in YA literature. Presented in sections on self-discovery, friends, family and ``facing the world,'' this empowering collection of stories, poems, interviews, essays and excerpts from novels takes a healthy overview of gay writing. Equally balanced between male and female voices, its 56 entries represent a well-rounded and refreshing mix of viewpoints, ages and races. Coming out is, naturally, a frequent topic, but some of the most affecting pieces are those that recall the pains of adolescence and the struggles to understand a world that offers little affirmation. Not only does this anthology allow teens to see gay people's lives reflected in a rich variety of literature (from the novels of James Baldwin, Rita Mae Brown and Jeanette Winterson, to the resounding voices of poets Essex Hemphill, Dennis Cooper and Pat Parker), but it also reminds readers that the desires, fears and dreams of gay teens are not so different from those of their straight counterparts. A bibliography and an extensive resource directory are appended. Ages 13-up. (Nov.)
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This excellent anthology includes over 50 essays, poems, and coming-of-age stories by teenagers and established writersfrom James Baldwin to Rita Mae Brown some excerpted from classic full-length works. (LJ 11/15/93)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565841024
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 1.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword
Acknowledgments
American Dreams 2
It Happened on Main Street 8
My Image of Myself 15
from Johnnieruth 18
from Martina 23
from The David Kopay Story 26
The Answers I Needed 30
from The Well of Loneliness 34
from The Naked Civil Servant 36
from Zami 40
A Diet of Green Salads 44
Blueberry Man 50
A World of Possibilities 52
The World Outside 54
Different Is Not Bad 60
from Annie on My Mind 64
We Two Boys Together Clinging 69
My Archenemy 70
from The Best Little Boy in the World 73
My Best Friend Is Gay?! 78
It's Too Hot 80
from Giovanni's Room 85
Life Line 90
from Take Off the Masks 93
My Story 103
from Raven's Road 105
from The Lost Language of Cranes 110
Coming Out to My Mom 118
My Mother's Worst Fears 126
Black, Queer, and Out 133
Cat 138
from Becoming a Man 145
What My Father Told Me 148
from My Brother on the Shoulder of the Road 150
my brother 156
Growing Up Gay in Little Havana 161
from Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit 166
Dawn 175
A Chinese Banquet 179
Commitments 182
from Gun-Shy 184
from Night Kites 190
A Whisper in the Veins 196
Mother and Child 208
A Lesbian in Class! 218
A Letter to Aunt Shelley and Uncle Don 220
from We All Nourish Truth with Our Tongues 224
from Honor Bound 226
Speaking Up 230
In My Own Space 235
from Teamwork 240
Language of Violence 244
from Abominations 249
from Rubyfruit Jungle 253
from Reflections of a Rock Lobster 260
Does It Matter? 268
Appendix 1: For Further Exploration 271
Appendix 2: Resources 280
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