GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer and Questioning Teens

GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer and Questioning Teens

by Kelly Huegel


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The teen years are full of challenges.

For gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning teens, these challenges can include prejudice, discrimination, rejection, reprisals, insensitive remarks (even among friends and families) and, sometimes, violence.

But being a GLBTQ teen can also be fun and enlightening—when you are comfortable with who you are.

Author Kelly Huegel understands what GLBT teens want and need to know. As a teen, she struggled to realize and accept her own identity. Her frank, sensitive book is written for teens who are beginning to question their sexual or gender identity, those who interested in GLBT issues and rights, and those who need guidance, reassurance, or reminders that they aren’t alone.

Kelly offers practical advice, knowing encouragement, accessible resources, and real-life testimonials from teens who’ve "been there." Topics include coming out (the pluses and minuses), facing prejudice and pressure, getting support, navigating relationships, staying safe, making healthy choices, surviving and thriving in high school, and more.

The message throughout is strong and clear: By accepting yourself, you take charge of your own future.

Created with feedback and suggestions from individuals at PFLAG (Parents, families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), and other organizations, this book is for any GLBTQ teen—and any straight friend, parent, teacher, counselor, youth leader, or other adult who cares and wants to understand.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780613674119
Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Publication date: 12/01/2003
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kelly Huegel is a writer, editor, and author. Her first book, Young People and Chronic Illness, was hailed as “impressive” by VOYA, and “solid” by Booklist. Kelly lives in Maryland.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1GLBTQ 1015
GLBTQ Basics6
A Biology Lesson? The Science of GLBTQ9
Your Personal Geography: Exploring Who You Are14
What's Your (Stereo)type? Myths, Generalizations, and Just Plain Silly Ideas About GLBTQ People...and the Truth17
Chapter 2Homophobia25
The 411 on Hate: The Roots of Homophobia26
The Big Bad World? Homophobia in Society and at School29
Take That! Responding to Homophobia31
When Homophobia Becomes Harassment38
Chapter 3Coming Out41
What Is Coming Out All About?42
How's the Weather Out There? Deciding If You're Ready (and If It's Safe) to Come Out45
Mom? Dad? I Have Something to Tell You: Coming Out to Your Parents51
Buddies, Amigos, and Pals: Coming Out to Your Friends57
A Lesson on Coming Out at School58
Chapter 4Life at School60
School Life for GLBTQ Teens: The Big Picture61
Feeling Invisible...or Too Visible62
Exercising Your Rights as a GLBTQ Student65
The Voice of Authority: Talking to Teachers and Administrators67
Club Life: Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) and Other Queer-Friendly Activities69
Moving On: Deciding If You Need to Change Schools73
Chapter 5GLBTQ Friends75
Part of the Family: The Utterly Diverse, Somewhat Cohesive, Always Interesting GLBTQ Community76
IMRU2? Meeting Other GLBTQ Teens78
Dial In or Log Off? GLBTQ Online Communities81
Queer Compadres: GLBTQ Friendships84
Straight But Not Narrow: Other Friends85
Chapter 6Dating and Relationships86
Soul Searching: Figuring Out If You're Ready to Date87
Who Gets the Check? GLBTQ Dating Basics89
Being "Out" on a Date92
Singing the Breakup Blues93
Abusive Relationships: Recognizing Them and Getting Help95
Chapter 7Sex and Sexuality102
Making Sound Decisions About S-E-X104
Five Myths (and Truths) About GLBTQ Sex111
The Big Picture: STIs & Pregnancy114
Chapter 8Staying Healthy124
Chilling Out: Dealing with Stress as a GLBTQ Teen125
When Stress Turns into Depression129
Thinking About Drinking: Making Decisions About Alcohol135
The Truth About Tobacco140
Dealing with Drugs141
Chapter 9Religion and Culture146
States of Being: Religious Life and GLBTQ Life147
Making Room in Religion: Reconciling Your Personal Beliefs150
Cultural Differences, Being GLBTQ, and You158
Chapter 10Transgender Teens164
What Does It Mean to Be Transgender?165
How Do You Know? Figuring Out If You're Transgender171
Now What? Options for Trans Teens174
Trans Pride: Responding to Transphobia184
Chapter 11Work, College, and Beyond187
Finding a GLBTQ-Friendly Company187
Being GLBTQ in the Workplace: Your Decisions and Your Rights189
A Perfect Match: Finding the Right School194
Going with the Flow: Some Thoughts on Growing Up199
Selected Bibliography213
About the Author224

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