Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian

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Growing up Gay, Growing up Lesbian is the first literary anthology geared specifically to gay and lesbian youth. It includes more than fifty coming-of-age stories by established writers and teenagers and has been hailed by writers, educators, activists, booksellers, and the press as an essential resource for young people—and not-so-young people—seeking to understand the gay and lesbian experience. The anthology includes selections by James Baldwin, Rita Mae Brown, David Leavitt,...

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Overview

Growing up Gay, Growing up Lesbian is the first literary anthology geared specifically to gay and lesbian youth. It includes more than fifty coming-of-age stories by established writers and teenagers and has been hailed by writers, educators, activists, booksellers, and the press as an essential resource for young people—and not-so-young people—seeking to understand the gay and lesbian experience. The anthology includes selections by James Baldwin, Rita Mae Brown, David Leavitt, Jeanette Winterson, Audre Lorde, and others.

A free teaching guide is available.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A remarkable resource filled with poignant, eye-opening, and very funny pieces that will inspire and affirm without ever preaching or becoming heavy-handed." —Dr. Virginia Uribe, founder, Project 10
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.)
Library Journal
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: 9781565841031
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 317
  • Age range: 15 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.17 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bennett L. Singer is the editor of Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian, Gay & Lesbian Stats, and 42 Up all from The New Press. He has served as producer/director or associate producer of a number of acclaimed documentary series, including the Emmy-, Peabody-, and duPont-Columbia-winning Eyes On The Prize II, With God on Our Side, The Question of Equality, Brother Outsider, and Electoral Dysfunction. He served for eight years as executive editor of Time’s education program. He lives in New York City.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2003

    Relatively Diverse Collection

    Late in high school, when I realized I was gay, I wanted to learn more about homosexuality. I wanted to hear other people's stories to see if they correlated with my own. Therefore, I went to Barnes & Noble and walk to the Gay & Lesbian section to explore books in which I could relate. At first, I stood uncomfortably in front of the section as if I was lost. I picked up this book in particular because the editors message which is in the first few pages of the anthology, was grabbing. He talked about how he felt like an outsider during his adolescent stages, he also spoke about the lack of gay/lesbian writings during his time. This book has stories not only about being gay in the general sense, but being African-American, female, Asian, atheletic, etc and being gay. With that, it gives an introduction into a great array of stories and poems in which excerpts have been taken out of in order to construct this anthology. This book not introduced me to other books...it aid me in "coming out" and helped me to become an opened minded individual.

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