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Alternate cover edition for 9781492617839Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who's ever dared to wonder. This book is for YOU.There's a long-running joke that, after "coming out," a lesbian, gay guy, bisexual, or trans person should receive a membership cardAlternate cover edition for 9781492617839Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who's ever dared to wonder. This book is for YOU.There's a long-running joke that, after "coming out," a lesbian, gay guy, bisexual, or trans person should receive a membership card and instruction manual. THIS IS THAT INSTRUCTION MANUAL. You're welcome.Inside you'll find the answers to all the questions you ever wanted to ask: from sex to politics, hooking up to stereotypes, coming out and more. This candid, funny, and uncensored exploration of sexuality and what it's like to grow up LGBT also includes real stories from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, not to mention hilarious illustrations.You will be entertained. You will be informed. But most importantly, you will know that however you identify (or don't) and whomever you love, you are exceptional. You matter. And so does this book....

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This Book is Gay Reviews

  • Shiku
    2019-01-17 14:25

    Just to make that clear for people liking (and commenting on) this review:I did NOT give this book two stars because I think there is anything wrong with being part of the LGBTQIA+/MOGAI community.I gave it two stars because it claims to be inclusive but for the most part only covers issues that people who are gay/lesbian (and stick to binary genders and all the expectations society brings with them) have to deal with. I gave it two stars because I don't consider this book to be very inclusive, especially when it comes to non-binary people and/or those who are not gay or lesbian (i.e. bi or pan or ace or ...).So please refrain from commenting when all you intend to do is to suggest I read homophobic books. Don't like this review. I'm not on your side, I don't agree with you and I honestly don't need your prejudices in my life.What I liked.It's an uplifting book. One message repeated over and over again is: "Whoever you are, that's fine!" Plus, there are lots of sections especially young people might find very useful - coming out, who to tell, how to tell, sex, STIs ... So, thumbs up for that.The BUT. It's a very big one.You're fine with that book if you're a gay boy/man. You got Grindr explained and are directly addressed throughout the whole book.If you're a lesbian girl/woman, it's ... okay. You won't get to know what the lesbian equivalent of Grindr is and mind you, dental dams are more important than Juno Dawson makes them seem to be, but otherwise it's okay. I guess.Any other identities ... well, you get the definitions for "bisexual", "queer", "curious", "asexual" and "transgender", but the one for bisexuality is extremely narrow and excludes most bisexual people, and if you're hoping for the acknowledgement of non-binary genders, you got the wrong book. Generally, the author often refers to differences as "gay or straight" (though not always) and lists any issues any sexual orientations other than homosexuality face as homophobia.Maybe Dawson wanted to simplify things. Maybe, but it doesn't make it right. And it doesn't explain this constant use of "men and women".What is particularly confusing is that there seem to be moments of light. E.g. after repeatedly implying that gender = genitals, it is mentioned that there is more to men than just penises or that not having any surgeries is fine ... only to continue as before. What irks me the most about it is that stuff like this is toxic. It's telling people: You're either a boy or a girl and if you want to "become" the "opposite" gender, then you need a penis or a vagina. Mentioning that this isn't actually true once or twice doesn't erase what has been spread before.Another passage is also rather telling. On page 214 it says:However, all people - gay or otherwise - must recognize that there is one universal truth of the universe:WE ALL WANT TO HAVE SEX WITH LOADS OF PEOPLE.Apparently, mentioning and defining asexuality at the beginning is enough and you don't have to acknowledge them again.So what now?The title is actually quite telling. This book is gay - and binary. And parts of it are great! But seeing that it even spreads misinformation when it comes to genders and some sexualities ... well, I can't recommend that.

  • Juliana Zapata
    2019-01-23 12:32

    Cuando empecé este libro, no sabía con que me iba a encontrar, la verdad pensé que era un novela, una historia con personajes LGBT, pero resulta que no es así.Este libro es un manual, una guía para conocer y entender a la comunidad LGBT, creo que sería de mucha ayuda para alguien que esté buscando su identidad sexual o que necesite ayuda para "salir del armario". También sería de gran ayuda para amigos, familiares y especialmente padres que quieran entender mejor y ayudar a una persona cerca que esté pasando malos momentos por ser LGBT

  • Reading Corner
    2019-02-11 19:11

    I really enjoyed reading this one especially because I finished it so quick.I thought the narrative was great as parts were funny and it felt like I was just being personally addressed.The book deals with many important topics in an informative,insightful and entertaining way.Also, it helped me view things differently like the need to always give ourselves labels and fulfil stereotypes isn't necessary.This was a nice,quick,enjoyable but informative read and I'd recommend it.

  • Inge
    2019-01-18 13:35

    This Book Is Gay is exactly what I needed: the book to pull me out of my reading slump. It was fresh, innovative, informative, and hilarious, and I’m glad that our society is finally making place for books like this to exist. I don’t think it would’ve been as well received as, say, twenty years ago. Things are changing for the better now, and that’s awesome.This book is great for anyone who wishes to learn more about homosexuality, whether you’re gay, bisexual, trans, or (in my case) an open-minded straight person. It handles topics such as biology, how to deal with bigotry and prejudice, where to meet like-minded people, gay sex education (even providing its own sex ed!), gay porn, and even gay icons. It was serious and funny at the same time, with the information fairly wide and comprehensive, told in such a way that makes you pay attention and keep reading.As for it being helpful, I think young gay males would benefit most from this book. If you’re in that category, then congratulations, this book would be perfect for you. Lesbians are also pretty well featured, but less so. There’s a bit of information about trans, but I wouldn’t count on this book solely. As for other identities such as asexuals and pansexuals -- no such luck. They’re mentioned once or twice without any real description or information, and further in the book, the author even says, “WE ALL WANT TO HAVE SEX WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE”, leaving asexuals out of the equation altogether.I love that this book is not textbook-dry, chockfull with information, bent on making your eyelids droop. It’s bubbly and lively, written in a modern style that’ll appeal to young kids these days (because he RANDOMLY BURSTS OUT IN CAPS LOCK and that’s a thing nowadays). It’s serious when it needs to be, like when discussing countries who still insist on having a death penalty for homosexuality, but in other parts is playful and downright hysterical. Although I could’ve gone without the visual of SWEATY PARENT SEX, thank you very much.At the end of the book, there was a list of gay icons, as well as movies featuring homosexuality. However, even though there were some trans people in there, I noticed no mentions of trans movies (or if there was, I missed it). I would like to recommend Different for Girls, which is a ‘90s romantic comedy about a guy falling in love with a transsexual woman. Now, I don’t know how accurate it is, but it’s a really cute and funny movie, and definitely one of my favourites.It also has this:Which I personally feel is very important. You can watch it on the YouTube here. (Seriously, go watch it. It’s amazing.)In any case, it’s definitely a book I would recommend – whether you need help on figuring out what your identity is, or you just want to know more about homosexuality and trans. There’s also a list of helpful websites and telephone numbers at the back of the book, in case you need more support, or you want to help out but don’t know where to go, or you want answers to all your questions. Whatever the case, This Book Is Gay should be a book on your reading list.Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy

  • Dahlia
    2019-01-19 12:16

    This book is gay, and had it not claimed to be anything else, I think it would be a really, really excellent read. I'd still recommend it for cis gay boys, because I think there's a lot of great information there, and therefore, I'll give it two stars rather than one. But make no mistake - this book is for them. I don't know why the entirety of the spectrum is claimed to be covered in this book, because it isn't with anywhere near the type of depth, accuracy, or effort made for the others. It's ragingly binary, the information on different definitions under the trans umbrella includes things that are offensive and/or wrong; asexuality is barely touched upon and pretty patently ignored after its first mention (and also doesn't address anything on the spectrum, nor discuss (a)romanticism by name, though it is indeed stated that one can be in a romantic relationship while asexual, at least); and there is literally one cited expert on girl-on-girl sex, whose discussion can be boiled down to "There's only fingering and oral, and I don't like oral." There's also an incredibly shallow discussion on how to fight with people of different religions that literally put Judaism as a subset under the header of Islam, and then blamed Orthodox Jews for starting homophobia because Leviticus. (If you know me, you might have an idea why that'd rankle a bit on eleventy levels. If not, hi, I'm a really, really pro-LGBTQ Orthodox Jew who does indeed keep the laws of Leviticus mocked in this book.) So, yeah, I'd recommend this for cis gay boys with a massive grain of salt, hoping they seek info on the rest of the queer spectrum elsewhere.

  • Eliana
    2019-02-10 11:09

    I was so prepared to love this book and recommend it to all my friends and buy a million copies of it to donate to my library.Unfortunately, while there were a few good parts (like the tips about coming out), this book was mostly a disappointment. It mostly focuses on cisgender gay men and their problems, and often throws trans people under the bus to make a sassy statement. Like, there are several times when the author says "lesbians love vaginas!," which completely ignores the fact that not all women have vaginas, and not everyone with a vagina is a woman. And later, in the advice for trans people, the author says that "people don't fall in love with genitalia," but she seems to not understand why it would be transphobic for her to equate body parts to gender identity.I also didn't like how in the safe sex section, she literally just says "lesbians have a low risk of getting STIs" and that's her whole section on safe sex between two people with vaginas.I also didn't like how in the religion section, it pretty much blames Jews for there being religious homophobia in the first place, and for some reason puts Judaism as a subcategory in the Muslim section (???????????????) and doesn't mention at all how many Jews are supportive of LGBTQ people (hint: it's a lot).Overall, I think I would MAYBE give this book to a cisgender gay boy to read, but only after heavily enforcing the idea that body parts=/=gender identity.Update: edited to reflect the fact that the author of this book now uses she/her pronouns.

  • Kayla Rayne
    2019-01-19 14:32

    Let me start off by saying that a three star rating is still a good rating from my standpoint. Okay, now that that is out there, let's review. I felt like this was a great book to pick up if you are a little on the clueless end of knowing about LGBT community and other basic information that is typically withheld when discussing sexuality in the massively straight and often times homophobic world. Thankfully, my college program had a great focus on many of the topics discussed in this book so I felt a little more confident in rating the usefulness of the information that it contains. Again, this is a book that will start you off if you already know a fair amount.One of the things that I really enjoyed about this book was its focus on being true to yourself and not prescribing to labels if that is not what appropriately defines you. For example, there was some information dedicated to those who do not wish to be labeled as gay, lesbian, bi, or transgendered. This book had so much time dedicated to being comfortable with who you are and making sure that you were okay with you doing you. It is always nice to read information that confirms that it is okay to be yourself granted that being yourself doesn't involve hurting others and bringing them down.Another great focus was on sex education, though I felt this had more focus on sex between two men. There was some information on sex between lesbians and transsexual relationships, but there was a larger focus on two men. However, the bottom line for all of these little lessons is to practice safe sex so, the important message was conveyed. No matter who you are sleeping with, make sure that you are protecting yourself and others from contracting any STDs. There was also some information about HIV that I found very interesting and important to discuss. This was something even my straight and abstinence minded sex-ed teacher did not discuss. This chapter could be a handy guide for those who already have some information on sexual education, but it is not a tell all guide.The chapter on religions was great as it is something that many people who are religious but also believe in equality might struggle with. I know growing up in the bible belt this has been a constant topic of discussion when it comes to legislation concerning LGBT rights (because some people don't get the separation of church and state thing, I suppose). This was a chapter that I felt could spark some great questions and debate about spirituality and acceptance within religious cultures. I really enjoyed this section.There were two things that did bother me about the book, despite its attempt to cover all the info, and that was that it skimmed over pan-sexuality and asexuality. There was brief mention of the two but I felt like it was more of a courtesy mention than an actual attempt at giving enough information. I realize that if this book went into greater detail it might be more difficult for someone who is not informed to digest everything, but I strongly wished there was a little more time dedicated to these two topics. I know that those are the two I know least about and I feel like that is a common issue. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and felt like it gave an informative overview of many LGBT related topics. I think this is an easily digestible piece of literature for those starting out, but if you already feel decently informed about the topics, I would skip this one.

  • May
    2019-02-08 15:24

    UN MANUAL REPLETO DE CONTRADICCIONES Y FRIVOLIDADES. Este libro es Gay es uno de los libros más difíciles que he reseñado en toda mi vida. Estamos ante una especie de manual sobre la comunidad LGTB (que no LGTBIQ) dirigida a jóvenes que quieran saber algo más sobre orientación sexual y género o piensen que quizás pertenezcan a dicha comunidad. Un manual un tanto frívolo y a la vez bueno en determinados aspectos.Sí, es complicado de explicar. A esto hay que sumarle que personalmente no considero que una persona heterosexual (como yo) sea capaz de transmitir al 100% las cosas negativas que tiene este libro. Pero comparto muchísimas opiniones que he leído de personas que pertenecen a esta comunidad y voy a intentar hacéroslas llegar.Empiezo por lo que me parece bueno de este manual. Me parece muy bueno que por fin se haya publicado un manual dirigido a un público joven. ¿Cuánta desinformación hay sobre esta comunidad? ¿Cómo te informaste tú de este tema? Yo me informé sola y poco a poco. Es terrible que hoy en día no se hable de la comunidad LGTBIQ en los institutos, colegios... es terrible la desinformación que hay. Pues bien, este manual es un paso adelante en el proceso de informar que tenemos que llevar a cabo con la sociedad.Otra cosa positiva es que te habla de sexo y otras cosas sin tapujos. Hay dibujos, explicaciones, orientaciones... es un manual muy directo, cercano y que llegará fácilmente a cualquier lector.Es un manual que probablemente resolverá muchas de las dudas que tienen los jóvenes de hoy en día y que abre un poco los ojos hacia un tema que no está para nada normalizado en nuestra sociedad.Ahora vayamos con las cosas negativas que tiene Este libro es gay. Empecemos por su título y portada. Un libro que se vende como gay para vender más porque hay muy pocas novelas que traten sobre el tema. Un libro frívolo que pretende normalizar y que "desnormaliza" totalmente con su exterior y su forma de llegar al mercado. Un libro cuyo contenido reza que quiere normalizar pero que no normaliza en ningún momento con lo que nos transmite.Otra cosa negativa es que Este libro es gay dice que es un libro para toda la comunidad LGTB y realmente se centra en la comunidad gay. Deja a un lado a las lesbianas, transgéneros, transexuales y bisexuales. Sí, tiene 5 páginas explicando qué son y de dónde vienen las lesbianas y la palabra lesbiana en sí, perfecto. Pero todo el resto de la novela está centrada en la comunidad gay. Ojo, me parece maravilloso; pero el autor nos vende la obra como dirigida a todo el colectivo.No me gusta que esté dirigida a la comunidad LGTB y olvidemos a la I y la Q, Intersexuales y Queers. Prácticamente no se les nombra y además no se incluye sus siglas cuando se nombra a la comunidad.Creo que Este libro es gay tiene también una parte muy positiva que es el hecho de que nos hace plantearnos qué tipo de educación estamos recibiendo lxs jóvenes cuando desconocemos a una comunidad que es tan normal como cualquier otra y de la que no sabemos casi nada. Nos hace reflexionar sobre el tema, nos hace plantearnos muchísimas cosas y, sobre todo, no normaliza para nada la comunidad LGTBIQ, sino que juega en un mar de contradicciones del que sacará una buena porción de dinero y ventas.

  • thebookbitch
    2019-02-05 18:07

    Intelligently written, educational and humorous. This is like the guide-to-being-gay bible, only more better!

  • Garrison
    2019-02-05 13:30

    Even though I always had the internet, I think that to have had this book in 7th grade when I started to admit to myself that I was gay would've felt similar to how Alec and Geena's characters in Beetlejuice feel upon finding the "Handbook for the Recently Deceased." I blazed through it, probably because it felt like the pretty, packaged LGBTQ* education I never got in school. As James Dawson points out, there is a horrifying degree of institutional homophobia present even in the most progressive education systems - in my very liberal Los Angeles middle school & high school, any sex ed I ever experienced was completely heterosexual (babymaking). "This Book Is Gay" is a straightforward and funny breakdown of all things LGBTQ* (understanding sexuality/gender, LGBT "sexyfuntime," fighting bigotry/religion, finding support/community, dating apps, LGBT icons, etc). Some of it was old news for me personally, but I still learned quite a bit and had a great time. Recommend to anyone.

  • Romie
    2019-01-21 13:11

    I really liked this book, even though I think gay men will identify way more than women - well the author is a man so that's kinda why ^^ but overall it's a really funny read, I laughed quite a lot and it was precious to see all the faces that people made around me in the Metro, because it's not like you can't tell what this book is about when you see the cover 🙈As a bisexual young woman, I thought this book was interesting, but it didn't teach me a lot that I didn't know already. But if you're new to this, if you've just discovered your sexuality, or just wondering, then I think this book can be really helpful. Around the Year in 52 books 2016.36. An identity book - a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation.

  • Kathrine Pachniuk
    2019-02-17 16:15

    I think this is a really important book - or rather I hope this sets an important trend in non-fiction books introducing kids (and adults) to other sexual orientations that straight with humor and wit. I hope to see more like it in the near future about more non-normal (normal being the social norm) orientations and lifestyles. That would be wicked. Be aware that James is white, gay and cisgender and that shows but he also states that just about first thing. He does include transgender and mentions a few other sexual orientations but for those who think that this book is not inclusive enough: It is called This book is GAY. Not This book is every sexual orientation ever thought of and also kinda into snails. I definitely think there should be more books like this but frankly it just makes more sense to have indeed more books. You can't cram everyone into 300 pages. I think it's a quite brilliant introduction, not just to gay kids but for everybody. I think educating ourselves is step one to a better society.

  • Mike
    2019-02-17 15:08

    Tuve la oportunidad de leer Este libro es gay hace algún tiempo, aunque entonces no sabía qué título tenía y no me había dado cuenta hasta hace unos días de que se trataba de este libro. Y no, no me gustó. Con el jugo que podía habérsele sacado al tema, el resultado podría haber sido mucho mejor, pero no ha sido así. Tengo dos problemas principales con este libro: el primero, que me parece bastante inútil, y el segundo, que lo veo muy oportunista. Pero será mejor que vayamos por partes.Reseña completa:

  • Morgan
    2019-02-07 14:08

    Actual rating: 3.5* Content: 3/5The opening of the book explains that it's tried to be as inclusive and intersectional as possible, but there is a disclaimer that it, like anything, isn't perfect and to bear that in mind while reading. That said, this book is pretty gay-cis-male heavy (which Dawson points out sometimes can't helped since all scientific research etc has been geared towards the cis male experience because patriarchy, dammit.) Dawson did bring in a queer female writer to co-write a few parts, which I appreciated. However, as much as it tries to be inclusive, the definitions of bi, trans*, ace are a bit ...simplistic? Or outdated. Something. The parts trying to explain trans I found were too basic, non-binary genders weren't mentioned at all, for example, and some parts were worded like anatomy = gender (nope). The best parts are the stories of 300 LGBTQ* people Dawson interviewed for the project -some have a paragraph, others get 4 or 5 pages to themselves- that by highlighting diverse individuals keep the stereotypes away. And some are just adorable. Writing/'Reading Experience': 5/5I read this in a day (which never happens), I think because the writing is so easy and YA-y. It was a lot funnier than I thought it'd be, including the illustrations. The information's well presented and easy to follow and overall 5/5 for the reading experience itself.Meeting expectations: 4.5/5I had a few problems with the content of the book, what was missing, how some things were phrased, etc, so I thought about what this book was trying to be. As an intro to the topic, it's pretty good, and I'm very glad it exists. I hope it finds a place in many school libraries (or, God forbid, is used by teachers.) It covers the basics of LGBT* definitions, stereotypes, history, and all the stuff we were taught as if we're straight like safer sex, STIs, etc, plus coming out tips and advice for parents/carers of LGBTQ* children. I think that's what this book was meant to be and it does it well.If you're expecting a perfectly inclusive, intersectional, nuanced book about the entirety of the gender and sexuality spectrums, this isn't it (and good luck finding one), but I think it's a pretty solid place to start for younger LGBTQ* people, straight/cis people, parents and carers with no or little previous knowledge.

  • Alex
    2019-02-03 15:23

    Look. I really wanted to like this book. But I couldn’t get through a single page of it without wrinkling my nose at all the blatant transphobia from a book that claimed to speak for me. I started being wary on page two, with the whole “some men want to be women" thing. Trans people don’t want to be another gender, they are, plain and simple. Imagine if I wrote gay men want to love boys. That looks absolutely ridiculous and homophobic; gay men do love boys. And trans people are they say they are. It gets way worse from there. I recall in the stereotypes section he said something akin to “of course gay men aren’t girls, they have penises!”. The basis of transphobic rhetoric, men are men because they have penises and women are women because of their vaginas: right in plain sight. Additionally, sexuality is only discussed in an attracted to men/attracted to women binary. The undertones of non binary people being unlovable is certainly there. I cannot explain how upset it makes me that other young trans people will this and think that they can never truly be their gender because this author, someone supposedly teaching them, is just spewing the same transphobic garbage they’ve heard all their life under the guise of fighting homophobia. And all the cisgender people who are giving this book full stars, thinking that he is representing the trans community perfectly. Sorry if this seems a little rude, I’m just tired of seeing such blatant transphobia perpetrated by people in the LGBT community. This book is the guide to being a cisgender gay man who sweeps everyone else under the rug. It is dangerous to have this information out there with mostly positive reviews when it is perpetrating systematic transphobia.

  • Esteban Parra
    2019-02-03 13:37

    Llevaba mucho, pero mucho rato sin reírme tanto gracias a un libro. James Dawson nos regala los resultados de muchos años de estudio y trabajo, de una manera amena, cercana, divertida, didáctica y en muchos sentidos, acertada. El penúltimo capítulo es bello, en todo el sentido de la palabra.Las ilustraciones son una pasada. De lo más lindo que he visto. Te amo Spike Gerrell.

  • ida
    2019-02-14 16:24

    3/5.I wish I could have found a book like this when I was 12 and crushing hardcore on a girl for the first time ever. I was so deep in denial, I'd pretty much dug a hole all the way to the center of the earth and it took me another 10 years before I could accept the fact that I like boys and girls, and that that is okay. The things mentioned in this book are stuff we never talked about at school or in sex ed or whatever. I think I was 14 when I realized girls could like girls too (this being after a year of me rattling off crush after crush on various girls, my music teacher included ¯\_(ツ)_/¯) and I think the coming 8 years of my life would have been easier, had I been given this book at 14.It truly is an amazing resource for LGBTQ+ youth!! Being 24 and way too old for this book, I still found it a great read even though I knew everything it said. It was very pedagogic and funny but a few things rubbed me the wrong way.You could tell this book was written by a white cis gay dude ("Women can be sexist towards men!!" "Let's all just talk at length about gay men and maaaaaaaaybe mention lesbians too!! And oh, don't forget to squeeze trans people in there too!" "Trans women are men that want to be women!!!").Some of the things that irked me were how focused on (cis) gay men this book was while poopooing misogyny (dude, if you haven't noticed it, gay men ARE often more misogynistic than their straight maybe mention that too? And also while focusing on gay men you ARE being misogynistic). I'm cis so it's maybe not my place to speak about this but from what I've heard actual trans people say, this book is swimming in misconceptions about everything trans. Oh and don't forget, this book doesn't mention nonbinary trans folks AT ALL. Because they don't exist...clearly. Also I sort of remember this book saying it was going to be inclusive of asexuals? Well, it straight up isn't. It explicitly said "EVERYONE LIKES SEX!!!" dude, no. I wish the author would have focused on the asexual spectrum AND the split attraction model a bit too. For a white gay cis dude this author did a good job but you could sometimes literally feel that he was a white gay cis dude while reading this.

  • Giovanni Storiale
    2019-02-01 14:31

    This Book is Gay non è un romanzo: è un vero e proprio manuale sul mondo LGBT che di diritto entra in questa piccola rassegna.James Dawson – con l’aiuto dei bellissimi disegni di Spike Gerrel – dividendo in capitoli la sua guida, passa in rassegna diversi argomenti per definire e chiarire il mondo LGBT in modo (quasi) sempre divertente ed ironico, sia a chi non ne fa parte sia a coloro che sono in procinto di prendere quella che lui chiama la “membership card” del mondo arcobaleno.In questo libro troverete consigli su come fare coming out o incontrare altre persone gay, come poter affrontare il passaggio da un sesso all’altro; troverete anche un divertentissimo elenco di stereotipi che la società associa alle persone omosessuali, metodi su come comportarsi se si è vittime di omofobia o transfobia, e addirittura un elenco di icone gay da ampliare con altri artisti a vostro piacimento.

  • Nicole Craswell
    2019-02-12 17:22

    3.75 starsThis book was really great in a lot of really important ways but was rather problematic in a number of ways. It provides a lot of great information for young people questioning or discovering their sexuality. However when the book says it talks about LGBT+ identities, the + is an outright lie. In fact not only does it not talk about identities that are not gay/lesbian/bi/trans, it actually uses a lot of language that is really shaming towards asexual, aromanitic, polyamorous, and genderqueer people. The book several times uses the common, but transphobic language of strongly associating genitals with gender. And it just plainly gets several facts wrong. Granted, this book was writer by a cis gay man and the things I particularly noticed as being wrong were about bisexuality and female sex so I can understand why he gets things wrong, but I mean come on, do some research. First of all, bisexuality is defined in the book as attraction to men and women, a definition the bisexual community rejected YEARS ago for being transphobic. The community tends to define themselves as being attracted to their own and other genders. Also he tries to sound cool and mysterious by talking about the "myth" of the g-spot. Of course a simple google search or a sexplanations video would very clearly explain that this "mysterious g-spot" is really the place where the internal clitoris rests against the vaginal walls. Also, believe it or not, sex toys aren't all meant to replace penises. They have a variety of uses, only one of which is penetrative vaginal sex.Okay I know I'm kind of tearing this apart but these are important pieces of information that kids could be using this book as a source for (speaking of sources, where were the authors?????). If you're going to write a book like this it NEEDS to be inclusive and accurate. Like I said, this book has a great deal of really important information and I am so great full that it was written, I just wish James Dawson had been a little more conscious of those who don't share his own experience and opinions of sex and relationships while writing it.

  • sofia (sam willows)
    2019-02-03 13:26

    This Book Is Gay is a really fun and informative book. It gives insight on multiple lgbtq+ people's experiences, while simultaneously making you laugh out loud.There isn't really much to say, other than that this book suits better young gay men than it does any other group. The author, a gay man, started this book with a great and funny introduction on sexuality, and all the ways it can be experienced. But, it the second half of the book, where he started exploring it a bit more, made it feel as if it was only written for gay men. He was giving Grindr tips, and any time he needed to make an example, gay men were his go-to.It's reasonable, since it's how the writer identifies and it's what he knows best. But, I would've liked him to explore a bit more about what discrimination bisexual people face, for example. He could've also talked about the erasure not only bisexual, but pansexual and asexual people face within the lgbtq+ community. I would have talked about all of that and I'm only 14, so my experiences are really limited. See, it's not that hard to be more inclusive and discuss different experiences. One thing I liked though, was that when he talked about gay people's experiences with dating, he also talked about trans' people experience with dating. Idk, it might be just because I'm used to trans people being put aside in these dating tips for lgbT people, but I really liked it.Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was fun, insightful and a bit of what I'd like to say but don't have the guts to. I recommend it to young gay people, especially gay men and women who are just looking for a light but informative read.

  • Lucy
    2019-02-11 19:21

    4.5stars I think this book is a great way to spread lgbt+ acceptance and tolerance.Whether you're out, thinking of coming out, questioning your gender identity/sexuality or just want to get more clued up about what it's like not to be straight and cisgender this book is for you.Obviously it cannot tell all sides of the story and everyones perspective and individual stories however it doesn't claim to and does a great job breaking down lots of stereotypes and facts into easy to read and understand sections.Although I knew 95% of the information already it didn't deter my love of this book and I wish I had found this book when I was a younger teenager and was first starting to come out. Reading in each section real people's own experiences really helped show that no-one will have the same experience and live your life, love who you love and be who you want to be

  • Robin Stevens
    2019-01-25 13:16

    Brilliant, important, timely and incredibly funny non-fiction guide to every aspect of the LGBT* experience. This should be a curriculum book!

  • Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
    2019-01-25 16:18

    Hugely important, informative and fun!

  • Joshua
    2019-01-24 11:25

    I couldn't help but read the title of this book out loud whenever I picked it up to read, and I almost always used the snarky voice from the intro of the YouTube series "That's Gay." This action was performed entirely out of love, but, at the same time out of a need for a laugh.This Book is Gay is a sweet little book that I wish had existed when I was a teenager. The Closeted young man that I was probably wouldn't have read this book for fear of social rejection, but I wish it had existed for those DL moments in between crushing on characters in The Lord of the Rings. This book is obviously a wonderful resource for queer people like me, and obviously for queer teenagers and young adults who are just recognizing their sexuality for what it is, and the images that accompany the text only make it sweeter. The "bumming" passage had me on the floor.I agree with many of the reviewers however in that this book is a little one sided. It's obvious that Dawson is a cisgender gay man and can write honestly about that experience, but he's a little weak when it comes to lesbian sex and identity issues, and his facts about Trans people needs some improvement.That does NOT damn this book to mediocrity. Like many books about Queer people, queer lifestyles and queer history this book can lead the reader to other books and resources that can continue to lead people toward self-recognition and self-discovery. And I stand by what I wrote before, this book is most certainly wonderful for you queer kids who are just starting out and are looking for some kind of context or help about their identity. This book is fun, and being queer is fun. It should be fun and not a nightmare, and so Dawson's book is an excellent reminder that being queer is just one facet of one's identity, but it can certainly be one of the most fabulous parts.

  • Alesandra
    2019-01-29 19:36

    DNF at 50%While this book does have a great premise and tons of fantastic real-world testimonies from the LGBTQ+ community, the lack of skilled execution and the poor sense of humor kind of ruined this book for me. It got to the point where I was just enjoying the testimonies and none of the actual writing being done. In my opinion, the jokes made in this book were more often in poor taste, somewhat juvenile, and sometimes downright sexist and excluding of people not exclusively of the 'traditional' gender or sexual orientations. This book does have a pretty good grasp of downplaying and assuaging the stresses and anxieties that most if not all LGBTQ+ people have, but I recommend that this not be anyone's exclusive guide to their LGBTQ+ horizons.

  • juan carlos
    2019-01-19 11:31

    Gracias a este libro conocí que es un sexdeseo y creo que este libro se ha convertido en mi sexdeseo numero 1. Este libro es gay, es una mezcla perfecta entre risas y seriedad, entre teoría queer y religión, ciencia, diagramas, amigos y ocurrencias varias. El autor toca TODOS los temas referentes al universo LGBT con humor y buen tacto con gran sustento teórico."Este libro es gay", es un gran material de consulta.Los diagramas, cuadros y dibujos que presenta son una magnifica forma de acentuar sus explicaciones, simplemente me encanta!

  • Teresa
    2019-02-17 15:14

    Este libro es Gay es una novela llena de historias reales, superación, verdades que en el siglo XXI aún se niegan a contarnos en escuelas e institutos. Un autor que le da a este tema un toque de humor increíble y hará que te lo pases pipa leyendo. Un libro que es perfecto tanto para homosexuales y heteros, que puede ayudar a más de uno. Me ha parecido precioso y lo recomiendo mucho, sobre todo si conocéis a gente homofóbica. Reseña completa:

  • Emily Bradley-dorman
    2019-01-24 18:35

    AMAZING! I'm in complete awe of James Dawson right now. He's an amazing author and writes an interesting, witty and perceptive narrative that I couldn't get enough of. I have a gay aunt (of the butch variety) and growing up a rather camp best friend who went from straight, to bi, to straight to gay and though I had a pretty good grasp on all things LGBT, but I felt like I learnt something new with each and every chapter of this book.Full review to come

  • George Lester
    2019-02-01 18:27

    Without a shadow of doubt, TBIG is one of the most important books ever written. It's bold, it's honest and, above all else, it's got heart. Read it and let it blow your mind wide open, let it teach you things you didn't know. Listen to these stories and grow. An absolutely stunning book!It's the kind of book I really could've done with while I was growing up. It has the potential to do so much good! I urge you, whoever you are, to pick it up.

  • Pjm12
    2019-01-19 17:32

    This type of book is perfect for libraries, where hopefully, it would be able to be read by teenagers (its target market) without fear or judgement.But are schools likely to add it to their collection? It won't hide quietly on a shelf, not with that bright cover and bold title.It's funny, informative and flippant. It doesn't talk down to its audience, however, a lot of its language and slang is British, which can be confusing (is 'bumming' really a term?).I learnt a lot.