cover image The Journey Out: A Guide for and about Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens

The Journey Out: A Guide for and about Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens

Rachel Pollack, Author, Cheryl Schwartz, With Puffin Books $6.99 (160p) ISBN 978-0-14-037254-0

""You are not alone"" is the intrinsic message of this frank, reassuring book aimed at teenagers who either are questioning their sexual orientations or have acknowledged that they are gay. The authors repeatedly emphasize the importance of self-acceptance as they offer advice on such topics as coming out to family and friends, coping with prejudice and rejection, reconciling one's sexuality with the sometimes conflicting tenets of organized religion and combatting myths and stereotypes. In addition to their own authoritative counsel, they include copious quotes from gay or bisexual teens and supply an extensive list of sources of additional information and help, including community centers, crisis hotlines and supportive religious organizations. An explicit discussion of sexually transmitted diseases concludes with basic facts about AIDS and a characteristically sound admonition: ""Become a responsible adult-not a statistic."" A candid, accessible resource. Ages 12-up. (Nov.)