Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay
Edited by Paul Vitagliano
Based on the hugely popular blog of the same name, Born This Way shares 100 different memories of growing up LGBTQ. Childhood photographs are accompanied by sweet, funny, and at times heartbreaking personal stories. Collected from around the world and dating from the 1940s to today, these memories speak to the hardships of an unaccepting world and the triumph of pride, self-love, and self-acceptance. This intimate little book is a wonderful gift for all members of the LGBTQ community as well as their friends and families. Like Dan Savage’s It Gets Better Project, Born This Way gives young people everywhere the courage to say, “Yes, I’m gay. And I was born this way. I’ve known it since I was very young, and this is my story.”
Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America
Edited by Tracy Baim
An overview of the history of LGBT community newspapers and magazines in America with specific focus on weekly and biweekly newspapers, but also assesses the LGBT state of print media overall. The journey from the early days of gay media and journalists working in the gay press from the 1950s to the 1980s. The book includes chapters on some of the longer-lasting LGBT newspapers, such as the Washington Blade, Bay Windows, Bay Area Reporter and Philadelphia Gay News.
My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer
by Jennifer Gennari
An LGBT-inclusive book for middle-grade readers, and a delightful one. Jennifer Gennari’s My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer is about coming-of-age, coming out about one’s family, and baking pies.
This Thing Called Courage: South Boston Stories
Gripping Stories Of City Boys And Men Living - And Dying - For Their Outsider Sexuality; Doing their best to come to grips with being gay in a heavily Irish-Catholic working-class community - known for its fierce loyalty and strong, traditional religious ethic, the boys and men in these stories are caught in the crossfire of traditional values, Irish tragedy, and the inevitable intrusion of diversity. The result of this lethal mix is occasionally comic, often tragic, sometimes redemptive and sometimes disastrous, but always compelling.