Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay

Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay

Paul Vitagliano

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 1594745994

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Based on the hugely popular blog of the same name, Born This Way shares 100 different memories of growing up LGBTQ. Childhood photographs are accompanied by sweet, funny, and at times heartbreaking personal stories. Collected from around the world and dating from the 1940s to today, these memories speak to the hardships of an unaccepting world and the triumph of pride, self-love, and self-acceptance. This intimate little book is a wonderful gift for all members of the LGBTQ community as well as their friends and families. Like Dan Savage’s It Gets Better Project, Born This Way gives young people everywhere the courage to say, “Yes, I’m gay. And I was born this way. I’ve known it since I was very young, and this is my story.”

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awkward silence … polite laughter. Sweet Aunt Anna did her best to cover for him: “Oh, Uncle Adam, he’s as blind as a bat.” Yeah, well, was the old man so blind he couldn’t see my tube socks?!? Looking at this photo, taken just after that awful moment, I can see how much I wanted to disappear! But it’s hard to believe I once wanted to hide from the very thing that put me in the spotlight. You see, I am a Girlboy! A Fruit Loop! And I’ve made a career out of it! What I wouldn’t give nowadays to

Thanksgiving and simply said, “I am gay.” The reply from the crowd was, “So? We love you for you.” melissa, age 6 I remember thinking I was a boy, seeing no difference between me and other boys. It wasn’t until puberty that I realized I was indeed a girl, and that sent my world into upheaval. But once I met other gay people in high school, I finally understood that I wasn’t different or weird. I was just queer. And that was awesome! ken, age 8 My parents and I spent the summer of

waited to humiliate me in the hallways. As for the man I am today? I was born this way, and I am proud! liz, age 6 My mother had to bribe me to wear a dress, and I insisted on no puffed sleeves or ruffles of any kind. I was obsessed with all things NASA and wanted to be an astronaut. I would lie upside down in our living room chairs and pretend I was orbiting Planet Earth in my own rocket. When I developed a huge crush on my butch gym teacher (didn’t we all?), my mother told me that

friends in school. Does this sound familiar? Then I met a boy named John, another skinny teacher’s pet. With his Coke-bottle glasses, he fit the geek stereotype I could relate to—and my lifelong pattern for romantic interests was firmly set. But our intimate conversations weren’t allowed in class, and teachers kept us apart. I attended six different schools in nine years’ time, yet the bullies always immediately pegged me as gay. I was shoved and locked inside a gym locker for an hour and got

it’s okay to celebrate, feel free, and love unconditionally! clinton, age 13 Other children often asked me, “Are you a girl or a boy?” Granted, it was the 1970s and clothes were a bit more flamboyant, but I had a boy’s haircut, a boy’s name, and I wore white tube socks, for God’s sake! “Girlboy” and “Fruit Loop” were just two of the nicknames I accrued in my early years. One summer day we went to a family reunion. I wore a sleeveless blue terry-cloth T-shirt with matching shorts. I

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