The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities

The Full Spectrum A New Generation of Writing about Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Questioning and Other Identities Teens are aware of sexuality and identity than ever and they re looking for answers and insights as well as a community of others In order to help create that community YA authors David Levithan an

  • Title: The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities
  • Author: David Levithan Billy Merrell
  • ISBN: 9781417731916
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Teens are aware of sexuality and identity than ever, and they re looking for answers and insights, as well as a community of others In order to help create that community, YA authors David Levithan and Billy Merrell have collected original poems, essays, and stories by young adults in their teens and early 20s The Full Spectrum includes a variety of writers gay,Teens are aware of sexuality and identity than ever, and they re looking for answers and insights, as well as a community of others In order to help create that community, YA authors David Levithan and Billy Merrell have collected original poems, essays, and stories by young adults in their teens and early 20s The Full Spectrum includes a variety of writers gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight, transitioning, and questioning on a variety of subjects coming out, family, friendship, religion faith, first kisses, break ups, and many others This one of a kind collection will, perhaps, help all readers see themselves and the world around them in ways they might never have imagined We have partnered with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network GLSEN and a portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to them.

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    1. I am in the expanded edition of this book, friends! The time has come: my first five-star rating based only on my bias for my own writing.I kid. This book deserves five stars for many reasons. It captures a wide range of young identities and intersections, in particular with the addition of seven new narratives in the expanded edition. Part of its proceeds go to support GLSEN, a fabulous organization doing life-saving work. And it uplifts the voices of often marginalized sexual minorities by al [...]

    2. This is an amazing collection of short essays from the youth who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning about their experiences being who they are. The writing style is not always perfect, but each story flows and has a powerful message. The essays range from a girl embracing her transgender sibling, a bisexual woman trying to persuade her church to allow her to minister despite her church being against homosexuality, people who have been incredibly lucky to have amazing [...]

    3. I read this book because it was banned in New Jersey - not far from where I grew up. A high school library was asked to remove this from the shelves. I just wanted to see what caused all the fuss. I believe that the book should not have been banned.Yes, some of these issues have to be hard to deal with in high school. I am sorry for any one of any age who has to deal with the reality of glbqt in their life. This country is so fearful of the whole issue of sex.However, we can't bury our heads in [...]

    4. 3 ⭐️I can’t finish a book that calls itself The FULL Spectrum, yet mostly centers on the L, G and T sides of LGBT+.I stopped at 62%, because every story in there is a lesbian, gay or transgender one. Where are the queer (I read only 1), bisexual (2, one if which made bisexual sound like undecided), pansexual, asexual, genderfluid stories? I can’t believe that a book that had 2 editions could not include the entire spectrum (or at least more than the usual orientations and identities we s [...]

    5. This book is extraordinary. I have never been one for short stories, but the way that these were put together, it had a wonderful flow. The Full Spectrum made my heart race, and sink, it made me want to cry, laugh, ache and yell. I don't know who couldn't learn something from this book, not just to do with LGBT issues, but also about life. The problems some of these individuals faced was heartbreaking but also inspirational. This is definitely a book every body should read.

    6. Lovely collection. Some voices are represented more (and better) than others and the writing is not consistently of high quality, but I appreciate hearing the true stories of young people in their own words.

    7. The Full Spectrum was an interesting read for me for a variety of reasons. One, I'm not actually a huge fan of non-fiction unless it's stuff about writing or social psychology, like Malcolm Gladwell (who, ironically, wrote the book I started after this one), but this is an anthology of non-fiction works from GLBTQ persons and dealing with issues and learning about sexual and gender identities. You can see why it would interest me. I suppose to some, my interest in gender and sexuality might seem [...]

    8. I wasn't sure how to rate a book with a lot of short stories, so I rated each story individually and then averaged it, coming out to like 3.04. So here are my ratings:O.K. ***Gay Grammar *****It's Not Confidential, I've got Potential ***Snow and Hot Asphalt **When you're a Gay Boy in America ****I Smelt the Gas of my Father's Fishing Boat ***Fourth of July ****My Diary: Documented. Done. *Crying Wolfe ****Trans-ventures of an F2M ****Queer: Five Letters *****Falling Off my Bike and Riding into t [...]

    9. This beautiful collection really lives up to its title. The editors' dedication to showcasing more than one narrative of the queer experience is undeniable throughout this collection as is their dedication to sharing emotive, authentically written works. While there were so many aspects of this anthology which I loved, I was most impressed with the the willingness to include pieces that dealt with religion and queerness in more than just negative ways. As an affirming Christian, it was beautiful [...]

    10. This book actually feels relevant to the current state of the queer community, at least as I have experienced it. I really liked the range of voices and I cried over the story of one person who felt called to be ordained in the methodist church even though that was impossible at the time. Above all I think this book can inspire a lot of peace and courage in people who are struggling. It really helps to know we are not alone, and we can make it.

    11. It wasn't my favorite LGBTQ+ book that I've read, but nonetheless the subject matter and how it was executed overall made it a really good book. I still think a lot of the stories in the book are still relevant even eleven years after its initial release. The writing was good, although there were some stories that were hard to get through. I found myself relating to quite a few of the stories as a young queer and trans person, and if I couldn't relate to them I knew someone who could. For instan [...]

    12. This is an interesting collection of essays from early in the millennium, written by Americans who were then in their early twenties about their various experiences of being LGBTQIA+ (or GLBT as some of the contributors were still saying then).Because it's an American collection, there is more emphasis on religion than there would be in a British equivalent, both the intolerance and homophobia/transphobia one might expect, but also the solace of the faiths of some of the writers.If written today [...]

    13. I first found this book because I had been reading a lot of David Levithan books, and the idea of a non-fiction telling of experiences, good, bad, and all shades in between, in the LGBTQ+ community seemed very interesting. The stories ranged from joyous depictions of love and acceptance to heart breaking tales of how harsh and ignorant others can be when it comes to perception of others and their sexuality. It opened my eyes to many realities out in the world, and I felt, in a way, connected to [...]

    14. This was quite interesting! There were LGBTQ people (mostly young people) of all kinds telling their stories. Some stories were really interesting and very well written, others a bit less so. Many of them were very hard to read (featuring homophobia, transphobia, self harm, suicidal thoughts, abuse,), that's why it took me a while to get through this book. I found some of the stories a bit problematic? I don't really want to go into details but hmpf. I really wish there would have been more poet [...]

    15. Don't fully know how to review this because it's a collection of nonfiction stories, poems, etc. I will say I think the pieces selected for this were really great. Emotional roller coaster for sure because some of the stories don't have the happiest leaving off points. Some were hopeful and uplifting. Some were way too relatable. It's a good collection to let yourself get engrossed in.

    16. It took me forever to read this but!!! It was very interesting and educational and tbh I read it in like five sittings but bc they were all separate stories I could not read it for six months and keep going. Definitely recommend!

    17. Such a beautiful collection of stories about the experience of LGBTQ+ youths and adults. I am from London and shocked to read so much about religion in the stories. I guess I shouldn't be but, in my little opinion, religion really is a bitch!

    18. Reviewed by Me for TeensReadTooIt was only a few weeks ago that I read AM I BLUE?: COMING OUT OF THE SILENCE edited by Marion Dane Bauer. That book is filled with fictional stories dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues, and is a book I highly recommend. I was very happy to see THE FULL SPECTRUM, edited by the talented authors David Levithan and Billy Merrell, hit the shelves. THE FULL SPECTRUM is not fiction. It's filled with many, many stories--some long, some very short-- [...]

    19. With The Full Spectrum, editors David Levithan and Billy Merrill provide an open forum for GLBTQ teenagers and early twenty-somethings with an assortment of personal stories, essays, and poems. The works range in theme from self-acceptance and first-time experiences to the coming-out process and future obstacles, both personally and politically. The collection is refreshing, harrowing, glib and thought-provoking, a catalogue of first-person accounts told in a variety of formats including email e [...]

    20. I don't really feel like I can rate it as a whole so here are my ratings on each of the essays. There was quite a lot of under-representation as far as some of the identities go. There was also a lot of outdated language and general bad language used in reference to identities. The average score was 3.95. So I'll round up to a 4. O.K. by Courtney Gillette - 5A Gay Grammar by Gabe Bloomfield - 4It's Not Confidential, I've Got Potential by Eugenides Fico - 2.5Snow and Hot Asphalt by Benjamin Zumst [...]

    21. The pieces in this anthology tackle a myriad of topics: coming out, religion, first love, unaccepting parents/peers, religion, supportive parents/peers, the Boy Scouts, the military, religion(!); in a variety of settings: high school, New Your City, college, junior high, Egypt. They are written by young people who fall under the umbrella term "queer," but identify as gay, bi, trans, lesbian, gender-variant, and more. Some of the pieces are positive and affirming, some speak of overcoming unbeara [...]

    22. checked out from Washington Co. Cooperative Library Services, 11/13 listom the libraryterrific --just wonderful in a very simple 'each person is beautiful' waythis book is worthy of being donated in honor of IASHS O.K. p. 1A Gay Grammar p. 9It's Not Confidential, I've Got Potential p. 12Snow and Hot Asphalt p. 21When You're a Gay Boy in America p. 31I Smell the Gas of My Father's Fishing Boat p. 37Fourth of July p. 39My Diary: Documented. Done p. 41Crying Wolfe p. 55Trans-ventures of an F2M p. 7 [...]

    23. I should probably preface this by saying - I'm not a fan of poetry, at all. I just don't get it. The only reasons I read this book were to fill the 'A book of poetry' slot on the PopSugar Reading Challenge 2016, and because it had David Levithan's name on the front.I like the idea for this book, and I liked some of the stories and poems within it, but for the most part, it was a drag to read.I think maybe if I wasn't so comfortable already identifying as queer, I'd appreciate this book more. If [...]

    24. This non-fiction book is a collection of essays, poems, IM chats and true stories submitted by young people, ages about 16 to 23, detailing their experiences of growing up and coming out queer. There's plenty of what you'd expect in terms of parental anger, rejection by friends, and harassment by peers, but I was struck by the overwhelming optimism of many of the pieces. It is wonderful to know that there are numerous young people who have had a positive experience of growing up queer in America [...]

    25. Some of these stories were a simple recitation of the author's coming out or realizing their identity. These ones were kind of "eh" and I mostly skimmed them. Others were absolutely beautiful, like the story of the trans woman in NYC who was living in her car and didn't want her homelessness to be mixed in with how others viewed her identity, so she didn't ask for help from her friends. So well told. I laughed out loud reading the story from the guy who equated proper grammar with being gay, and [...]

    26. A collection of 40 essays about the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered teens and young adults. Each of these essays is heartbreaking in its own special way. The topics covered include family acceptance to abuse along with the typical dramatics of the teenage years magnified by a knowledge of being different. The editors clearly made a point of selecting a variety of perspectives and a variety of ages. One of the essays is written by a woman I knew in high school, and it was eye o [...]

    27. I hope it's not too terrible to say, but I didn't expect this level of talent in a work with young writers, but these are incredibly thoughtful and well-written. My favorite - or perhaps the one I related to most - was Jack Lienke's "Crying Wolfe."And this quote:“I loved the idea of him. I loved the idea of a male best friend I'd never had that sort of powerful bond with another boy, never felt that kind of asexual affection. I was a stranger to true male comradery, to uncomplicated loyalty. [...]

    28. So I thought these were stories by LGBT writers, but they're actually mostly of the memoir type, and often coming-out stories. It's so weird to see the acronym GLBT :D I guess that's a relic of the past by now. I mean this book is 10 years old, and most of the stories are older. So there were some real gems in there, my favourite being "body isn't this" by Zara Iris, but most were just 'meh' -due to writing style and ability, I suppose. I also felt like the diversity could've been better: grante [...]

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