This Book is Gay (Revised and Updated)

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A funny and pertinent book about being lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer, transgender or just curious - for everybody, no matter their gender or sexuality. Teacher and Young Adult author Juno Dawson gives an uncensored look at what it's like to grow up as LGBT. Written with candour, humour, and enthusiasm, this fully inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know - from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more.

With irreverent chapter titles and a chatty narrative voice, the tone is largely upbeat, though the author also touches on ‘some mega-sad face topics’ like discrimination. Tables and humorous cartoons further liven up the presentation. Chapters on sex and apps like Grindr are helpfully matter-of-fact, and readers hear testimonials from people across the gender and sexual spectrums. Spike Gerrell's hilarious illustrations combined with funny and factual text make this a must-read.

This revised edition is updated to reflect changing attitudes towards sexuality and gender (the author has in fact transitioned gender since the first edition!), and taken into account reader feedback from the first edition.

Paperback, 277 Pages, Orig. Publ. 2014, This Edition Published 2018

Author: Juno Dawson


The book every LGBT person would have killed for as a teenager, told in the voice of a wise best friend. - YA author Patrick Ness

A brave, funny, indignant look at what it means to grow up as LGTBQ. - Metro

Funny, wise and utterly pragmatic this is a brilliant readable and informative book... which could not only help teens become more at ease in their own skin as they work out the details of who they are, but could change your entire school culture, for the better. - Teach Secondary

Filling an important gap in non-fiction publishing is this frank, funny and very welcome exploration of gender and sexuality. - The Bookseller

A fantastic book for classrooms and school libraries, This Book is Gay is a must-read for teachers and parents, as well as teens themselves. - Liverpool Echo


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