Fully revised and updated guide with frank, sensitive information for LGBTQ teens, their families, and their allies.
Product Code: 6783
ISBN: 9781631983023
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Free Spirit Publising
Pages: 272
Published Date: 09/15/2018
Availability:In stock
Price: $16.99

LGBTQ is the indispensable resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning teens—and their allies. This fully revised and updated third edition includes current information on LGBTQ terminology, evolving understandings of gender identity and sexual identity, LGBTQ rights, and much more. Other advice covers topics such as coming out, confronting prejudice, getting support, making healthy choices, and thriving in school and beyond.

Resources point the way to books and websites with more information, and quotes from LGBTQ teens (and allies) share stories of personal experiences. Created with input from PFLAG, GLSEN, GLAAD, and others, this book is for young people who are beginning to question their sexual orientation or gender identity, those who are ready to work for LGBTQ rights, and those who may need advice, guidance, or reassurance that they are not alone.

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Foreword by Jillian Weiss
About This Book

Chapter 1: LGBTQ 101
LGBTQ Terminology
A biology Lesson: The Science of LGBTQ
Your Personal Geography: Exploring Who You Are
Myths, Generalizations, and Just Plain Absurd Ideas About LGBTQ People. . . and the Truth

Chapter 2: Transgender and Nonbinary Teens
What Does It Mean to Be Transgender or Nonbinary?
How Do You Know? Figuring Out If You’re Trans or Nonbinary
Now What? Options for Trans and Nonbinary Teens
Facing Discrimination

Chapter 3: Homophobia and Transphobia
The 411 on Hate: The Roots of Homophobia and Transphobia
The Big Bad World: Homophobia and Transphobia in Society and at School
Responding to Homophobia and Transphobia
When Homophobia and Transphobia = Ongoing Harassment
The Good News

Chapter 4: Coming Out
What Is Coming Out All About?
How’s the Weather Out There? Deciding If You’re Ready (and Id It’s Safe) to Come Out
I have Something to Tell You: Coming Out to Your Family
Coming Out to Your Friends
Coming Out at School

Chapter 5: Life at School
School Life for LGBTQ Teens: The Big Picture
Feeling Invisible. . . or Too Visible
Exercising Your Rights as an LGBTQ Student
The Voice of Authority: Talking to Teachers and Administrators
Club Life: Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) and Other Queer Friendly Activities

Chapter 6: LGBTQ Friends
Part of the Family: The Utterly Diverse, Somewhat Cohesive, Always Interesting LGBTQ Community
IMRU2? Meeting Other LGBTQ Teens
Making Connections: LQBTQ Online Communities
Queer Compadres: LQBTQ Friendships
Straight But Not Narrow: Other Friends

Chapter 7: Dating and Relationships
Soul Searching: Figuring Out If You’re Ready to Date
Who Gets the Check? LGBTQ Dating Basics
Being “Out” on a Date
Singing the Breakup Blues
Abusive Relationships: Recognizing Them and Getting Help

Chapter 8: Sex and Sexuality
Making Sound Decisions About Sex
Five Myths (and Truths) About Queer Sex
The Big Picture: STIs and Pregnancy

Chapter 9: Staying Health
Chilling Out: Dealing with Stress as an LGBTQ Teen
When Stress Turns Into Depression
Thinking About Drinking: Making Decisions About Alcohol
The Truth About Tobacco
Avoiding Drugs

Chapter 10: Religion and Culture
States of Being: Religious Life and Queer Life
Making Room in Religion: Reconciling Your Personal Beliefs
Cultural Differences, Being LGBTQ, and You

Chapter 11: Work, College, and Beyond
Getting Past High School
Finding an LGBTQ-Friendly Company
Being LGBTQ in the Workplace: Your Decisions and Your Rights
A Perfect Match: Finding the Right School
Going with the Flow: Some Thoughts on Getting Older

Selected Bibliography
About the Author

LGBTQ is a book for EVERYONE, whether queer or hetero, to learn how to be a true advocate for yourself and the rainbow community under the umbrella of the social justice movement. This is the book I wish my pansexual self had as a teenager to refer back to regularly and know I was not (and am not) alone. Consider this your queer encyclopedia, a conduit to navigating a sometimes still hateful and judgy world, with a soft pillow of loving advice to cushion the blow. There is a newer, preferable language in the gay community that includes everyone—this book will help you be sensitive toward others as you find yourself. Love is indeed love, but this book will take you far beyond love with a strong education of your legal rights and cultural history.”—Chloé Jo Davis, founder and editor of GirlieGirlArmy.com, conscious living expert, and activist

“Astoundingly comprehensive and wise, LGBTQ by Kelly Huegel Madrone is filled with clear information and practical suggestions to help young people safely explore their gender and sexual identity. I wish my library had this book when I was a teen!”—Irwin Krieger, author of Helping Your Transgender Teen and Counseling Transgender and Non-Binary Youth

“At a time when so many people claim we live in a ‘post-homophobia’ era, this book is ever more important as a working resource to navigate the very real persistence of anti-queer sentiment. Enormously accessible and chock-full of substantive information, Madrone provides a healthy and helpful guide for young people navigating the churning waters of their own sexuality in a world still insistently heteronormative.”—Suzanna Danuta Walters, professor of sociology and director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Northeastern University and author of The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions Are Sabotaging Gay Rights

LGBTQ is an essential resource for teens, parents, school administrators, and anyone else who wants to provide an affirming environment for young people eager to learn more about themselves and about how to be a good ally to others. The book manages to be both readable and accessible to teens, while providing some of the latest information about the state of legal protections for LGBTQ young people across the country, and surveying medical, mental health, and social science research on sexuality, gender, and identity. Navigating young adulthood is hard. For young people armed with LGBTQ, it will be easier.”—Camilla Taylor, director of constitutional litigation at Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.

“Kelly’s guide is exactly what it says it is: a survival guide for teens about LGBTQ life. It presents the facts about what it means to be LGBTQ as well as provides teens practical advice on how to come out, how to fight transphobia and homophobia, and how to be their most awesome authentic selves. She takes a no-frills approach to giving teens as much information about LGBTQ life as possible. The book offers personal anecdotes from other young people, which helps give the book a more personal feel, while at the same time empowering the reader to do something we could all use a little help in: hold a brave space for themselves.”—Julie Seaver, executive director, Compass LGBT Community Center, Lake Worth, FL

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