Growing up Gay in America by Jason Rich
Are you gay or questioning your sexuality?This informative and entertaining 232-page book provides answers to common questions and offers positive, practical and accurate advice on a wide range of topics and issues currently facing gay, questioning and bisexual teen guys as well as their parents, relatives and friends. Topics Covered Include:
- Determining Your Sexual Orientation
- Coming Out
- Building A Support System
- Dealing with Relatives
- The Gay Social Scene
- Relationships and Dating
- Gay Clubs
- Gay Life In Cyberspace
- Planning For Your Future
- Gay Marriages / Domestic Partnerships
- Homosexuality vs. Religion
- Gay-Oriented TV Shows and Movies
- and Much More!
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Growing up Gay in America based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This book contains a multitude of great tips for gay teenagers, that is specifically for teenaged gay boys. It is not only very reassuring, but very helpful. It contains helpful and practical advice for everyday situations and a lot of things gay teenagers need to know, such as lists of gay-friendly colleges, gay-themed movies, and so on. I highly recommend this book.
This book was a huge disappointment. I am working with a young man experiencing some angst related to his sexual orientation. He was hopeful that this book might be useful as a serious discussion of his experience and feelings. He also hoped to find practical advice and help. Unfortunately, the first thing one notices in flipping through the book is numerous pictures of shirtless, muscular young male models. In at least one of these pictures, the model's pants were unzipped low enough to display a good deal of pubic hair. If the author wishes to publish a book of soft-core gay porn, that is fine, but the book should be advertised as such, rather than as a informative look at the gay experience. The book is `lightened' by comic strips, evidently meant to address gay issues in a humorous way. One of the two I read dealt with two gay men discussing promiscuous sex, and whether one had an underage boyfriend. The man stated that he checked to ensure his new boyfriend was eighteen by bending him over to 'count the rings around his a**.' Another strip discussed whether one can be addicted to 'dick.' It may be that some readers would be better able to address their sexual orientation couched within this adolescent humor. I found it crass and tasteless, and a gross minimization of real concerns. I was also bothered by the lack of accuracy in the information offered. For example, the author describes 'blue balls' as an actual painful condition caused by sexual stimulation without release. (Did the author do his research at high school locker room?) He adds 'The best way to alleviate blue balls is to ejaculate, either by masturbating or engaging in sexual activities.' Another concern of mine is that the author sometimes presents a rather heavily biased point of view, but maintains a pretense of impartial discussion. He frequently states opinions in a way that implies that his is the only rational way to see things, adding, 'But hey, it's for you to decide.' To his credit, the author has a casual writing style that is easy to read and teen friendly. He addresses topics that can be hard to talk about in a way that might be easy to digest for young readers. He also offers reassurance that the readers' experiences are normal. I also thought many of the resources offered may be helpful. Unfortunately, the book has the feel of having been put together to cash in on a market. This feeling is intensified by the cynical addition of sexually provocative photos, crude comics, and advertisements in the back for a gay magazine and a company selling unrated gay videos. If you are looking for a book offering a serious treatment of the experience of `growing up gay in America,' keep looking. For me, this book is not it.
This is a great book. It's loaded with useful advice and information, plus some really hot photos. If you're a gay teen, you'll love it! If you're questioning your sexuality, it'll be very helpful!