Queer teen? You may need this book

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GLBTQ Survival Guide For Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender youthreview of GLBTQ – Survival Guide For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Teens.

This book by Kelly Huegel is one of queer life’s essentials – a must have for any LGBTQ young person, parent or person working with youth. It is also a book straight youths and adults can learn a great deal from. The book relies heavily on conversations with and testimony from contemporary queer youths – relating their personal experiences – challenges, successes and traumas. 

All of this sends the message “you are not alone. Many others have had the same troubles and found a way to survive them. So can you. Here are tactics, ideas, methods  and facts you need for your survival.”

The topics covered are an encyclopedia of the questions and issues queer teens face – how do I know I’m gay?  How can I deal with bullying and homophobia? What about all the stereotypes – are they true? Am I ready to have sex? What do I need to know about STDs?  What about dating? How to gauge the time and method of coming out to family, friends and school. I could go on listing the topics in this valuable book for the rest of the page but suffice it to say there isn’t much in the way of questions or concerns, hopes and fears that a queer kid might have that isn’t covered in this book. Even such difficult issues as the relationship of homosexuality to organized religion is explored in depth, with many options presented to the young person struggling with that area of life. Multiple copies of this book should be in every middle and high school library. Every adult who knows a queer kid should be sure a copy gets into his or her hands. Community based LGBT organizations looking for worthwhile local projects would do well to consider raising funds to place copies of this book in schools. It is a book that can save and transform young lives and we need it to be everywhere.

ISBN 978-1-57542-363-0 Free Spirit Publishing Inc., www.freespirit.com  $15.99 paper

GLBTQ Survival Guide For Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender youthreview of GLBTQ – Survival Guide For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Teens.

This book by Kelly Huegel is one of queer life’s essentials – a must have for any LGBTQ young person, parent or person working with youth. It is also a book straight youths and adults can learn a great deal from. The book relies heavily on conversations with and testimony from contemporary queer youths – relating their personal experiences – challenges, successes and traumas.