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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Library Media Connection Reviews 2013 November/December
In this newly updated volume, the author uses a candid and easy style to address a myriad of questions teens have posed about being gay and lesbian. The straightforward question and answer format lends itself to making this topic very accessible, and sets out to answer every question in a mature and supportive manner. Chapters organize the questions by topic and questions run the gamut from "What does gay mean?" to "Can gay people have children?" A chapter for parents provides reassuring and useful information. Personal anecdotes combined with facts and updated legal information make this volume invaluable to students. The caring and supportive tone of the writer makes the reader think they are having a conversation with a trusted confidant. Resource lists provide fiction, nonfiction, books on sexuality, videos, and contact information for gay/lesbian organizations. Annotated websites are also provided. Allison Bernstein, Educational Materials Reviewer, Cortlandt Manor, New York [Edi or's Note: Available in e-book format and paperback.] RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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