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What If Someone I Know Is Gay?: Answers to Questions about Gay and Lesbian People
     

What If Someone I Know Is Gay?: Answers to Questions about Gay and Lesbian People

by Eric Marcus, Jane O'Connor (Editor)
 

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Kids have questions about gay and lesbian people, whether those questions concern a friend, a beloved aunt or uncle, or themselves. But there are few places children and teenagers can go to find the age-appropriate information they need, and few people they can turn to for the honest, straightforward answers they won't find in the schoolyard.

Eric Marcus,

Overview

Kids have questions about gay and lesbian people, whether those questions concern a friend, a beloved aunt or uncle, or themselves. But there are few places children and teenagers can go to find the age-appropriate information they need, and few people they can turn to for the honest, straightforward answers they won't find in the schoolyard.

Eric Marcus, author of the bestselling adult book Is It a Choice?: Answers to 300 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gay and Lesbian People, offers the no-nonsense answers kids are looking for and also provides suggestions for adults who are faced with questions that leave them struggling for the right thing to say.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Gay issues writer Marcus has taken his adult question-and-answer book about homosexuality, Is It a Choice? (HarperSanFrancisco, 1993), and revamped it for teens. In his introduction, Marcus lets readers know that these are real questions that have come from kids and teens, and that there are no stupid questions—except "the one you don't ask." True to his word, Marcus prints and answers some questions that might make adults squirm but that kids and teens really want to know. Questions include "If you hear someone say 'faggot' or 'dyke,' should you say something?" or "How do gay and lesbian people have sex? What do they do?" Each answer is short and to the point. Marcus does not go into detail because he set out to write only "a brief introduction to a huge and complicated subject." The author's suggestions on how to tell friends you are gay (test them by bringing up a gay relative or a television show about gay issues, and gauge their reaction), or if you should tell parents ("If there is any reason for you to think that your parents will react badly, then the best thing to do is find other people to talk to now and wait") are concise and practical. Marcus also packs the back of the book with further resources that include books, Web sites, and national organizations. This slim paperback is a great introductory book about homosexuality that should be purchased widely by both public and middle through high school libraries, Trade pb. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2000, Price Stern Sloan, 128p. PLB . Ages 12 to 15.Reviewer: Jennifer Hubert SOURCE: VOYA, April 2001 (Vol. 24, No.1)
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Marcus's question-and-answer book "about gay stuff for young people" is similar to his popular book for adults, Is It a Choice? Answers to 300 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions about Gay and Lesbian People (HarperCollins, 1999). The author provides useful information and anecdotes on many issues concerning friends and family, dating, sex, religion, school, activism, and discrimination. However, while the book is generally informative and positive in its approach, its title makes the audience somewhat ambiguous. It suggests that the book is intended for heterosexuals who have a gay/lesbian friend or family member, but many of the questions seem to come from gay teens themselves, e.g., "I have a crush on my friend. Can I tell him/her?" or "I'm gay and I'd like to tell my friends, but I'm afraid to. What should I do?" There is also a problem with the reading level versus the content level. While the information seems most appropriate for high school students, the tone is often condescending to teens. Nonetheless, the book is to be commended for its positive approach and for its currency.-Betty S. Evans, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780843176124
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Series:
Plugged in Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Eric Marcus is the author of several books and coauthor of Breaking the Surface, the number one New York Times bestselling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis.

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