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What If Someone I Know Is Gay? Answers to Questions About What It Means to be Gay or Lesbian

by Eric Marcus

Published by Simon Pulse, 2007
183 pages
ISBN: 9781416949701

Ages 12 and older

This new edition follows the same style as the one that was originally published in 2000, with a series of common questions (Do you have to have sex to know if you’re gay or not? How can you tell if someone is gay? Can gay people become straight through prayer?), answered in a light, conversational tone. The question-and-answer format makes this information especially accessible to teen readers. They will be able to browse through this volume quickly and easily, taking from it the information they need. The author is up front about the fact that he is a gay man himself, and his responses to questions often make reference to his own experiences and to those of other gays and lesbians, most of whom are teens. This anecdotal approach makes the answers sound more personal and keeps the narrative from becoming too dry. Although most of the questions and answers are the same as those in the first edition, there are some obvious updates, such as those about gay marriage. The last chapter, aimed at parents, is completely new to this edition. All in all, this is a useful resource for teens, both gay and straight, and for the adults in their lives.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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