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America's Boy: A Memoir

Growing up in southwestern Missouri in the 1970s and hopelessly out of step with the redneck masculinity surrounding him, Wade tries to hide the fact that he is gay by overeating.

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Awkward and Definition: The High School Comic Chronicles of Ariel Schrag

Pen and ink comic drawings about Schrag's early high school years illuminate her funny and touching journey toward a sexual identify amidst concerns about school, sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Six trans*, gender-neutral, and intersex teens are interviewed in this essential resource for teens and adults alike. While the trans* experience varies from teen to teen, the common thread is the candor and unflinching honesty of the teens profiled in Beyond Magenta.

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Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir

When a psychic reveals that her father, long believed dead, is still alive, Nicole struggles with her identity and personal relationships with family, friends and lovers.

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Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America

Stories of coming out and finding acceptance from 40 Americans--many of them activists and politicians--show that attitude, not homosexuality--is the problem in our society.

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Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir

Infused with heartache and humor, Cyndi Lauper's candid memoir details her musical career, traumatic youth, and LGBTQ advocacy.

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Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division

As a founding member of the Pansy Divison, the first out punk band to make it on the national scene, the author describes his coming-out experience and adventures in the homophobic music industry.

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Dumbfounded: Big Money. Big Hair. Big Problems. Or Why Having It All Isn't for Sissies

Left by his mother to grow up with his Jewish grandparents on the Manhattan's Upper East Side, Rothschild describes his childhood and teen years as he remained continually in trouble both at home and at school because of his extravagant behavior.

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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Bechdel reveals her childhood experiences with a closeted gay father and her coming out as a lesbian in this powerful graphic-style memoir.

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Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood

Hart's memoir shares her freedom ride as a young White girl who shifts between living with an angry well-to-do father, who has custody of her, and a lesbian mother, who seeks to belong to the Latino culture in 1970s Southern California.

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Happy Accidents

Jane Lynch shares her life story, letting readers in on her path to stardom as well as her struggles with alcoholism and being true to herself.

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Hear Me Out: True Stories of Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia

Twenty teens from a variety of social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds give personal accounts of gay, lesbian, queer, transgender, transsexual, and questioning young adult experiences.

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It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living

A companion to the "It Gets Better" internet campaign, this collection of essays and new material brings hope to LGBTQ youth facing prejudice, bullying, and other forms of harassment. It includes a list of resources for teens and adults.

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Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer

Award-winning country music singer and songwriter Chely Wright comes out in this memoir which focuses on her struggles reconciling her lesbianism with her religious beliefs and career.

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Me

Not the usual celebrity biography with glamour shots, Martin instead keeps it real and shares his experience of coming out as gay Latino and the importance of self-acceptance and community service.

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My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family

Author Zach Wahls is the teen whose eloquent speech to the Iowa House Judiciary Committee on behalf of same-sex marriage went viral on YouTube in early 2011. Now, in chapters titled for the Boy Scouts' virtues, Zach tells the story of his life as the son of two lesbian women.

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One in Every Crowd: Stories

Stories for everyone who has ever felt alone in their struggle to be true to themselves. These are honest, wry, plain-spoken tales about gender, identity and family.

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Passages Of Pride

Journalist Kurt Chandler profiles six Minneapolis/St. Paul teenagers -- Derek, Amy, Dan, Troy, Michele, and Tara -- who speak eloquently of the challenges of realizing they were different at an early age, of having to hide, of depression and suicide attempts, and, ultimately, of coming out and making their separate peaces at home, at school, and on their own. [From the jacket flap]

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Queen of the Oddballs: And Other True Stories from a Life Unaccording to Plan

This hilarious offbeat memoir chronicles the escapades of an unconventional girl surrounded by artists and rockstars in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Rapture Practice: My One-Way Ticket to Salvation: A True Story

In this memoir, Aaron Hartzler recounts his Christian evangelical upbringing -- no TV, no movies, no drinking, and no dating. As Aaron begins to discover who he is, he must also navigate the expectations of his very conservative family, and the larger community.

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Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition

In an honest and unique voice, Katie Rain Hill opens up about growing up, struggling with depression, family, love, and undergoing gender reassignment.

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Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology

Extremely diverse -- in format as well as content -- this collection contains art, performance pieces, interviews, and journal entries as well the the more usual poetry and prose. The contributors come from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds and span the queer spectrum. Includes glossary.

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She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders

Novelist and English professor Jennifer Finney Boylan's lively and candid memoir details her transition from James to Jenny.

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Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen

Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews describes the struggles he faced being perceived as a girl growing up, and how things changed for him once he began his transition in this humorous and sometimes heartbreaking memoir.

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Sweet Tooth

What’s a sweets-loving boy growing up gay in North Carolina in the eighties supposed to think when he’s diagnosed with type 1 diabetes? That God is punishing him, naturally. Sweet Tooth is Tim Anderson’s uproarious memoir of life after his hormones and blood sugar both went berserk at the age of fifteen.

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The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities

This collection of 40 essays and poetry from a wide variety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning teens and young adults ranging in age from 13 to 23 shows the complexity of contemporary LGBTQ life.

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The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy

Hilarious stories of a comically dysfunctional family describe growing up gay in Texas.

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The Shared Heart: Portraits and Stories Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young People

In this celebrated collection of photographs and text, meet 40 young people from all walks of life ranging in age from their teens until their twenties and read their first-person accounts about the challenges of growing up bisexual, lesbian, and gay.

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The Whole World Was Watching: Living in the Light of Matthew Shepard

An autobiographical book by Romaine Patterson, best friend of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who was the victim of a hate crime near Laramie, Wyoming. Homophobic Baptist minister Fred Phelps and his followers planned to picket Matthew's funeral with signs reading, "Matt burns in hell." Romaine countered by creating seven-foot angel wings that she and her friends wore, effectively blocking the protesters from view. Romaine went on to become an activist, and this book discusses her journey.

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Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

For as long as she can remember, Liz has been happiest in jeans and sneakers, never in dresses and heels. Is there a place for a tomboy in girl culture?

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Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children

Thirty-two mothers--diverse in age, ethnic background, class, sexual orientation, and national origin--describe their experiences and feelings when they discovered that their children, varying in age from six to sixty, are transgender.

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Two Teenagers in Twenty: Writings by Gay and Lesbian Youth

Originally published in 1983 as *One Teenager in Ten* about a third of this revised edition consists of new contributions. Each of the autobiographical narratives, penned by young people ranging in age from 12 to 24, relates their experiences in coming to terms with their sexual orientation.

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Two Truths and a Lie: A Memoir

The fluidity of gender shines in these three performance scripts by a transgender man from the Deep South who describes growing up in a world of debutante balls and homecoming proms.

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Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

Coming to terms with coming out and the damaging perceptions of commercial beauty, actor, former child model, and Ellen DeGeneres' spouse, Portia de Rossi shares her story of recovery from her eating disorder and her self-acceptance.

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When I Knew

More than 80 contributors briefly describe their self-discovery "eureka moment" regarding their sexual orientation in a fun book with a magazine style.

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When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love & Revolution

Offering a unique, first-person account of life on the front lines in the early years of the lesbian and gay civil rights movements, Jeanne Córdova's "novelized memoir" documents her political and personal journey as an activist, organizer, and journalist during the turbulent 1970s.

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Where's My Wand? One Boy's Magical Triumph Over Alienation and Shag Carpeting

Poole's witty memoir of growing up as a gay, Bewitched-obsessed boy in 1970s St. Louis recalls David Sedaris' unfailingly funny takes on family wackiness.

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