Growing Up Gay: The Sorrows and Joys of Gay and Lesbian Adolescence
Growing Up Gay: The Sorrows and Joys of Gay and Lesbian Adolescence
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Growing Up Gay: The Sorrows and Joys of Gay and Lesbian Adolescence

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Call NumberHQ 75.2.R44 1997
Sub-CollectionReference Collection
Dates1997
Statement of ResponsibilityBob Mizer Foundation, Inc.
Creators & ContributorsRita Reed (has as author)
Rita Reed (has as author)
SummaryThrough photographs and their own words, a young man and a young woman relate their experiences growing up homosexual in America's heartland. Adolescence, painful enough for everyone, is all the more so for these young people who feel their differences acutely at a time when fitting in and belonging are so important. Being part of a minority that is sometimes despised makes their lives excruciating. Rita Reed, out of a concern over the high rate of suicide among gay and lesbian teens, and convinced that the stories of Amy and Jamie would help others feel less isolated, gained the trust of these two young people and was allowed into their developing lives. Reed's photographs captured moments from the pain of rejection to the joys of first love; from the collapse of self-confidence to the understanding that they were not alone and that in spite of societal prejudices, they were loved and respected. These photographs, intimate, moving, and generous, establish a level of understanding difficult to achieve with words alone.
Physical Description 143 pages
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
PublisherW. W. Norton & Company
RecognitionGifted by Trent Dunphy and Robert Mainardi of The Magazine