Am I Blue? Coming Out From the Silence PDF Ð I Blue?

Each of these stories is original each is by a noted author for young adults and each honestly portrays its subject and theme growing up gay or lesbian or with gay or lesbian parents or friends IncludesMichael's Little Sister C S AdlerDancing Backwards Marion Dane BauerWinnie and Tommy Francesca Lia BlockAm I Blue Bruce CovilleParents Night Nancy GardenThree Mondays in July James Cross GiblinRunning Ellen HowardWe Might as Well Be Strangers M E KerrHands Jonathan LondonHolding Lois LowryThe Honorary Shepherds Gregory MaguireSupper Lesléa Newman50% Chance of Lightning Cristina SalatIn the Tunnels William SleatorSlipping Away Jacqueline WoodsonBlood Sister Jane Yolen


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    This past week while a lot of people carried on the social media debate about that Duck Dynasty patriarch's newest homophobic remarks I found myself finishing Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence Yes the two events are relatedPrinted in the mid 1990s but unfortunately unknown to me until just recently the book is a collection of stories for and about gay lesbian and questioning teenagers The editor Marion Dane Bauer points out in her introduction that One out of ten teenagers attempts suicide and One out of three of those does so because of concern about being homosexual Her hope indeed the hope of every author included in the anthology is that through the power of stories these potential suicide risks will realize that they are not flawed that they are not aloneRepresented in the book are many of the 1990s' most prominent YA writers including Lois Lowry Number the Stars The Giver Bruce Coville My Teacher Is an Alien and Nancy Garden Annie on My Mind Like every anthology this one includes some pieces that are stronger than others my favorite strangely enough was the one by Gregory Maguire Wicked whose Oz books I dislike but its stories also face another challenge that is how to preach tolerance without coming across as well preachy Of course some contributors do better here than others but really the worst I can say about any of the stories is that they try rather too hard to drill into their young readers admirable lessons about valuing one's self and the differences of others It is also worth noting that several authors Maguire Jacqueline Woodson and William Sleater for example deliberately write about queer young people who are not white or who are not even from the United States In a lot of ways these particular stories are well ahead of a lot of lily white US centric queer research being conducted in universities at the same point in timeUltimately the question is is a book like Am I Blue? still needed twenty years later even after several states in the union have legalized gay marriages and queer characters proliferate YA fiction than ever before? The answer I guess emerged in this week's Duck Dynasty hullabaloo As long as white wealthy heterosexual people with privileged access to the media continue to make statements that lead kids to believe their differences make them defective and as long as similarly privileged people like Sarah Palin and an unfortunate number of people I am friends with on Facebook continue to defend their right to do so then yes there is still an emphatic need for this book and many many like it