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GLBTQ : the survival guide for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning teens
Rev. & updated 2nd ed.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minn. : Free Spirit Pub., c2011.
Physical Description:
ix, 229 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
GLBTQ 101 -- Homophobia -- Coming out -- Life at school -- GLBTQ friends -- Dating and relationships -- Sex and sexuality -- Staying healthy -- Religion and culture -- Transgender teens -- Work, college, and beyond.
Reading Level:
1090 L Lexile
Describes the challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered teens, offers practical advice, real-life experiences, and accessible resources and support groups.


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First published in 2003, GLBTQ quickly became the indispensable resource for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning teens (often referred to as LGBT or GLBTQ). This fully revised and updated edition retains all of the straightforward information and practical advice of the original edition while providing a contemporary look at society and its growing acceptance of homosexuality and transgender people.
Included are updates on efforts to promote equality regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, the current status of legislative initiatives concerning safe schools, gay marriage, workplace equality, and transgender expression, and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Resources point the way to books and websites with more information, and quotes from GLBTQ teens (and allies) who have - been there - share stories of personal experiences.

Author Notes

Kelly Huegel is a freelance writer and educator. She has worked for the Metropolitan Washington DC chapter of PFLAG, where she helped provide support and educational services for GLBTQ people and their families. The author of two books and more than fifty published articles, Kelly has a special passion for working with teens and holds a degree in secondary education. She lives in Maryland with her wife, Margaret, and daughter. Kelly welcomes readers to follow her updates on GLBTQ politics and people or message her direct via Twitter at @GLBTQguide

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Although this new edition uses the same basic format and employs most of the text of the 2003 title (Free Spirit), it is still one of the best guides available for queer teens and their allies. In the same 11 chapters, Huegel unflinchingly and clearly explains what young adults, parents, and educators want and need to know. There is also a good, expanded chapter on transgender issues and another about life after high school. The book is enhanced by interesting sidebar facts and "been there" quotes from young people, with one quibble about the latter: many of the quotes remain the same but the names have been changed, apparently to modernize the text. The book also includes an updated glossary and list of resources, comprised of both books and organizations. An excellent choice for libraries of all types.-Betty S. Evans, Missouri State University, Springfield (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. viii
Introductionp. 1
A Changing Worldp. 2
About This Bookp. 3
Chapter 1 GLBTQ 101p. 6
GLBTQ Terminologyp. 7
A Biology Lesson? The Science of GLBTQp. 10
Your Personal Geography: Exploring Who You Arep. 15
Myths, Generalizations, and Just Plain Absurd Ideas About GLBTQ People ... and the Truthp. 18
Chapter 2 Homophobiap. 27
The 411 on Hate: The Roots of Homophobiap. 28
The Big Bad World? Homophobia in Society and at Schoolp. 31
Responding to Homophobiap. 35
When Homophobia = Ongoing Harassmentp. 43
The Good Newsp. 46
Chapter 3 Coming Outp. 48
What Is Coming Out All About?p. 49
How's the Weather Out There? Deciding If You're Ready (and If It's Safe) to Come Outp. 51
I Have Something to Tell You: Coming Out to Your Familyp. 58
Chicas, Peeps, and Brahs: Coming Out to Your Friendsp. 64
Coming Out at Schoolp. 65
Chapter 4 Life at Schoolp. 67
School Life for GLBTQ Teens: The Big Picturep. 67
Feeling Invisible...or Too Visiblep. 69
Exercising Your Rights as a GLBTQ Studentp. 72
The Voice of Authority: Talking to Teachers and Administratorsp. 77
Club Life: Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) and Other Queer-Friendly Activitiesp. 79
Moving On: Deciding If You Need to Change Schoolsp. 82
Chapter 5 GLBTQ Friendsp. 85
Part of the Family: The Utterly Diverse, Somewhat Cohesive, Always Interesting GLBTQ Communityp. 86
IMRU2? Meeting Other GLBTQ Teensp. 87
Making Connections: GLBTQ Online Communitiesp. 90
Queer Compadres: GLBTQ Friendshipsp. 92
Straight But Not Narrow: Other Friendsp. 93
Chapter 6 Dating and Relationshipsp. 94
Soul Searching: Figuring Out If You're Ready to Datep. 94
Who Gets the Check? GLBTQ Dating Basicsp. 96
Being ôOutö on a Datep. 100
Singing the Breakup Bluesp. 101
Abusive Relationships: Recognizing Them and Getting Helpp. 103
Chapter 7 Sex and Sexualityp. 110
Making Sound Decisions About Sexp. 112
Five Myths (and Truths) About GLBTQ Sexp. 118
The Big Picture: STIs and Pregnancyp. 121
Chapter 8 Staying Healthyp. 129
Chilling Out: Dealing with Stress as a GLBTQ Teenp. 130
When Stress Turns Into Depressionp. 134
Thinking About Drinking: Making Decisions About Alcoholp. 140
The Truth About Tobaccop. 143
Avoiding Drugsp. 145
Chapter 9 Religion and Culturep. 150
States of Being: Religious Life and GLBTQ Lifep. 151
Making Room in Religion: Reconciling Your Personal Beliefsp. 155
Cultural Differences, Being GLBTQ, and Youp. 162
Chapter 10 Transgender Teensp. 167
What Does It Mean to Be Transgender?p. 169
How Do You Know? Figuring Out If You're Transgenderp. 175
Now What? Options for Trans Teensp. 178
Trans Pride: Responding to Transphobiap. 187
Chapter 11 Work, College, and Beyondp. 189
Finding a GLBTQ-Friendly Companyp. 189
Being GLBTQ in the Workplace: Your Decisions and Your Rightsp. 190
A Perfect Match: Finding the Right Schoolp. 195
Going with the Flow: Some Thoughts on Getting Olderp. 199
Glossaryp. 200
Resourcesp. 207
Selected Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 219
About the Authorp. 229