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"This egregious gap has now been filled to a fare-thee-well by Dawson's book..." – Booklist (Starred)Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone,...
"This egregious gap has now been filled to a fare-thee-well by Dawson's book..." – Booklist (Starred)Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone,...
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  • "This egregious gap has now been filled to a fare-thee-well by Dawson's book..." – Booklist (Starred)

    Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who's ever dared to wonder. This book is for YOU.

    There's a long-running joke that, after "coming out," a lesbian, gay guy, bisexual, or trans person should receive a membership card and instruction manual. THIS IS THAT INSTRUCTION MANUAL. You're welcome.

    Inside you'll find the answers to all the questions you ever wanted to ask: from sex to politics, hooking up to stereotypes, coming out and more. This candid, funny, and uncensored exploration of sexuality and what it's like to grow up LGBT also includes real stories from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, not to mention hilarious illustrations.

    You will be entertained. You will be informed. But most importantly, you will know that however you identify (or don't) and whomever you love, you are exceptional. You matter. And so does this book.

    One of The Guardian's Best Books of the Year

    "The book every LGBT person would have killed for as a teenager, told in the voice of a wise best friend. Frank, warm, funny, USEFUL." –Patrick Ness, bestselling author

About the Author-

  • Juno Dawson is the international bestselling author of fiction and nonfiction for young adults. She is a columnist at Glamour UK, Attitude Magazine, and a key LGBTQ activist with Stonewall. A former teacher specializing in behavior studies, Juno now writes full time and lives in South London.

Table of Contents-

  • CONTENTS

  • Introduction
  • Welcome to the members club
  • The name game
  • You can't mistake our biology
  • Stereotypes are poo
  • The fear
  • Haterz gon' hate
  • Coming out
  • Where to meet people like you
  • The ins and outs of gay sex
  • Nesting
  • Hats
  • A guide to recognizing your gay saints
  • Build a bridge
  • The cheat sheet
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the author

Reviews-

  • Publisher's Weekly

    June 22, 2015
    First published in the U.K., this irreverent, informative handbook offers a wide-ranging overview of gender identity, sexual orientation, coming out, dating, and more. Adopting a humorous tone that should help set anxious readers at ease, Dawson dismantles stereotypes, such as “Gay women hate men” (“I imagine they’d hate men who said that to them, yes”); defines a range of terms from “camp” to “cubs”; and offers (very) frank information about sex (“A bit of spit, Brokeback Mountain–style, is NOT a substitute for a proper water-based lubricant”). Gerrell’s playful b&w cartoons help maintain an encouraging atmosphere, even when Dawson turns to homophobia/transphobia, anti-gay legislation, and STDs. Readers will find guidance to navigating their sexual identities and more general advice about self-esteem, forming respectful relationships, and seeking personal fulfillment. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jo Williamson, Antony Harwood Ltd. Literary Agents.

  • Kirkus

    April 15, 2015
    An exuberant guide to LGBT life takes the stance that "being L or G or B or T or * is SUPER FUN." Speaking with candor, humor, and enthusiasm, Dawson addresses topics from coming out to sexually transmitted infections to sex apps. With irreverent chapter titles like "Stereotypes Are Poo" and a chatty narrative voice, the tone is largely upbeat, though the author also touches on "some MEGA-SAD FACE topics" like discrimination. Easily readable tables and humorous cartoons further liven up the presentation. To add more perspectives, segments from interviewees who represent areas of the LGBT spectrum not represented by the author himself are also included. Chapters on sex and apps like Grindr are helpfully matter-of-fact, and readers hear from people who choose casual sex as well as those who prefer emotionally intimate relationships. The book is a U.K. import, and while U.S.-based readers shouldn't have much trouble understanding Briticisms like "fancy" or "shag," some of the anti-discrimination laws referenced won't apply. More troubling, the book's efforts to support transgender readers are undermined by persistent, thoughtless affirmations that biology really is destiny-for instance, when the author debunks the myth that "gay men are 'girls' " with a jokey "Penis? Check! Yup, gay men are, in fact, male." Important for its frank sex talk but far less inclusive than it aims to be. (glossary, resources) (Nonfiction. 12-18)

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  • School Library Journal

    June 1, 2015

    Gr 10 Up-This witty, no-holds-barred look at the LGBTQ experience provides information that parents or school friends often can't or won't give. The book covers dating, religious perceptions of LGBTQ people, bullying, coming out, and more. Employing occasionally snarky, informal language, Dawson provides very direct, frank guidance (among the subheadings are "Doing the Sex" and "Why Are Gay Men So Slutty?"), including sexual advice (complete with labeled anatomical cartoons). However, these are all topics about which teens are curious. Though the book has an intended audience, a variety of readers will appreciate it. VERDICT An insightful option for those with questions about what it's like to be LGBTQ.-April Sanders, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL

    Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • DOGO Books jasmint - I love the title name that's how it inspire me to read it; the author wasn't sure about his homosexually at the principle he was afraid of his dad because his dad was very strict with him, but when he fell brave to say it, he stands up straightly and tells his father "I like boys" instantly his mom didn't react to it, but his dad was aiming to slap him in the face his mom stand up and hit the table she said "you touch him, and you will regret the rest of your life" he was happy at the same time but until that day he knew his mom is going to be always with him, I wish a lot of people think that way and be brave.

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