By Ambition 15
This book is one of the best I've read in a while. It Gets Better by Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller is a book all about "coming out, overcoming bullying, and creating a life worth living."
Based off of the recent It Gets Better YouTube phenomenon, where celebrities, LGBT people and authorities made videos stating that it gets better. The book is a collection of essays by the people who did the videos, including the author and his husband.
This is a must read for any LGBTQ teen, whether your being bullied or not. It made me feel great every time I read it, knowing that there are others who went through exactly what I go through now.
I have a confession: I should've written this review at least a month ago. Unfortunately, I haven't finished watching “Anotherworld” by Fabiomassimo Lozzi. And every time I had a long afternoon with nothing to do, I told myself to watch it. I put in the DVD, watched another five minutes. But I couldn't finish it. Perhaps acknowledging the unwatchability of the film is effective in and of itself.
The movie starts out as a fantastic idea - it's an experimental piece containing a series of short (one to three minute) monologues on the subject of homosexuality and homophobia. It's an Italian film with English subtitles and the characters cover a broad range of ages, sizes, fetishes, and stories. A skinhead talks about homosexuality, a priest talks about meeting with a male prostitute, a S&M sub talks about his first sexual experience. There are prostitutes, men in married heterosexual relationships -- just about every trick in the gay book.
There are two types of book in the oddly defined genre of “Young Adult Literature” that I've become sick of. The first is, unfortunately, books about queer youth. This is because they almost all have nearly the same plot line- young queer person discovers their sexuality. It gets old. The second type is books by two authors, in which each author narrates from a different character's point of view, simply because I find it grating.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan is a young adult novel about queer youth by two authors, each narrating from a different point of view. Somehow, miraculously, the book is fresh, funny, fascinating, and, without question, good.
Strange, I know.
Green (Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and Paper Towns, also an internet celebrity of vlogbrothers fame, heterosexual), narrates as Will Grayson. Levithan (Boy Meets Boy, The Realm of Possibility, Wide Awake, and many more, very gay) narrates as Will Grayson.
Will Grayson and Will Grayson are two teens from two different suburbs of Chicago and two very different worlds. John Green's Will is a straight boy whose best friend is Tiny Cooper, “not the world's gayest person... not the world's largest person... but I believe he may be the world's largest person who is really, really gay, and also the world's gayest person who is really, really large.”
u know how you've lived ur life straight and lead everyone u know to believe so, then one day u realize how the hell do you explain these to your closest frens whom you've lied to constantly..........and also to those ppl you've dated......sigh.........
if you tell them you're gay, then wat about all the other girls you've dated.......you can't tell them it's part of an act........that would be so mean........sigh......
I love her. And I
Well, heres a little background. I am 15 years old and attend an all boys catholic private high school. A while back I started to develop feelings for a good friend of mine, I think. I have read many of the articles out there for teens and I am not sure if it is just the phase that most teens go through at around this age. I have done a alot of thinking alone for hours on end, but I keep coming back the answer that I do have feelings for him and that I am gay.
Some things are better left unwritten...
Friday after school, hopefully as close to 4:00 p.m. as humanly possible, I'm going to be headed for a camp near the Oregon coast for a retreat with the chorus (the gay men's chorus). Every year we have a retreat that allows us to rehearse A LOT and to get to know each other better.
Work is hard to find these days. Fucking aggrevating. You know what's cooler than being broke on the prairie? Everything. Had to vent that, I feel better now.
I'm thinking very seriously about moving in with an old friend out of state. That's a very heavy proposition for me, and I feel paralyzed by indecision. On the one hand, the idea turns me on to no end. There's something about starting over, the idea of the second chance that very much appeals to the embittered old man in me (a sizable chunk of my person). I feel trapped in my own ennui (I've always really wanted to use that word). I'm just really unhappy with where I'm at right now, both geographically and emotionally, and the idea of someplace new out my window calls to me.