Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian

Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian

by Bennett L. Singer
     
 

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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

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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, Jeanette Winterson, Audre Lorde, and others.

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565841031
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
06/28/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
317
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.17(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

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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