Reviews for What If? : Answers to Questions About What It Means to Be Gay and Lesbian


Booklist Reviews 2013 March #1
In this revised volume, Marcus' intelligent guide to what it means to be gay and lesbian remains an indispensable introduction to an occasionally thorny subject. Though much of the material here will be familiar to readers of the 2007 edition, there is enough new content to warrant purchase of this updated version. As before, the material is divided topically; for example, Friends and Family, Sex, School, and so on. And the thoughtful answers to many of the questions (e.g., How do people react when they find out a friend is gay?; My two moms had a commitment ceremony. Is that the same thing as getting married?) are enriched by the inclusion of anecdotal material derived from his own experience or from interviews with teens and caring adults. In addition to new material about transgender people, gay marriage, religion, and education, the chapter on resources has been substantially updated and expanded. Whether old or new, the content of Marcus' Q&A guide remains lucid, fair, and laudably commonsensical. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
Following a question-and-answer format, Marcus capably debunks pervasive myths about homosexuality, interweaving the testimonies of teens (gay and straight) grappling with the issue and anecdotes from his own experience as a gay man. Individual chapters discuss topics including sex and religion; updated lists of relevant books, videos, national organizations, websites, and hotlines are appended. This retitled edition features "slightly different text." Ind.

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