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Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay [Hardcover]

Paul Vitagliano
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Book Description

Oct. 9 2012

Based on the hugely popular blog of the same name, Born This Way shares 100 different memories of growing up LGBTQ. Childhood photographs are accompanied by sweet, funny, and at times heartbreaking personal stories. Collected from around the world and dating from the 1940s to today, these memories speak to the hardships of an unaccepting world and the triumph of pride, self-love, and self-acceptance. This intimate little book is a wonderful gift for all members of the LGBTQ community as well as their friends and families. Like Dan Savage’s It Gets Better Project, Born This Way gives young people everywhere the courage to say, “Yes, I’m gay. And I was born this way. I’ve known it since I was very young, and this is my story.”

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“The book, a sweet and fun reminder to accept all of our children takes maybe an hour to read, but that includes lingering over the photos, which truly deserve to be lingered over.”—

“ amazing new book....”—Huffington Post “Gay Voices”

“...[a] touching compendium of LGBT people recounting how they came to realize they were gay and sharing their subsequent coming out stories.”—Metro
“From stories of wearing Mom’s dresses to little girls who just wanted to be tough guys, Born This Way serves some sweet—albeit brief—messages of joy and strength.”—Instinct Magazine

About the Author

PAUL VITAGLIANO is DJ Paul V., club and radio DJ, events promoter, music-reviews writer, blogger, and self-titled “promosexual.” His Born This Way project ( shares and celebrates real stories of growing up gay. He lives in Los Angeles.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection Dec 17 2012
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This is an excellent collection of short, easy to read stories. It is appropriate for LGBT people of any age, as well as their friends and family. Candid, charming, sad, and hopeful, the short stories cover the diversity of LGBT experience in America.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humour and an Easy Read Nov. 10 2012
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Short epistles that make you laugh and perhaps remember what it was like growing up gay. Stories start in the 1950s and continue on to the early 90s. An easy read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Free At Last... Oct. 15 2012
By Peter Cabot - Published on
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For every one of us sissies who's had one of "those pictures" which we pushed to the back of the photo album hoping none of our relatives would make it back that far, this book is a Declaration of Independence--a call to arms for gay kids and adults everywhere to be themselves!

It is about time the stories (and pictures) from our formative years are told and seen. Moving in that direction, BORN THIS WAY is a delightful, insightful and moving account of brave souls finding (and oftentimes fighting) their way to self-hood and self-respect.

Kudos to Mr. Vitagliano for this book and his website. BORN THIS WAY has already found a proud and prominent place on my bookshelf.

Peter Andrew Walter Cabot
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!! Oct. 12 2012
By Gift Card Recipient - Published on
I received this book at it's Release party that was hosted by the Author, D.J. Paul V., along with CoCo Peru, Jackie Beat, Frank DeCaro and several other contributors to this wonderful Book.

These are real stories of real people in the world, who even today are still not accepted by family or friends because they are Gay "It's a Travesty"
Their stories are funny, thoughtful, painful and Brave - This book is not only for those who are Gay, it's for everyone who has a Gay family member, friend or yourself.

This book gives a voice & a look at those folks who have been through this and to all those who are still trying to find their voice and wonder if they will be accepted for who they are!!

Simply put This book say's "YES", You, Me & We were BORN THIS WAY!

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing little book Oct. 23 2012
By J. Balma - Published on
This is a great find! Colorful, clever, funny and moving. I read it wondering how my teen years might have been different if only I'd had a copy to refer to way back when. I sent my copy to a 14 year old boy who is getting bullied in a small town for being gay (his teacher is an old friend). I think it will help him to understand that he is not alone. Big thanks to the author for dreaming this up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars INSPIRING! Oct. 13 2012
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If you're one of the 3 million+ people who fell in love with author Paul V's blog, you'll fall even more in love with his book! If you're not one of those 3 million+ people, crawl out from underneath that rock and buy this book ASAP! It is full of sweet, cute, funny pics and stories that will make you laugh, cry, and touch your heart and make you want to be a better person. It doesn't get any better than that!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Real Stories od Growing Up Gay Jan. 24 2013
By Sheila A. Dechantal - Published on
Paul Vitagliano knows first hand what it is like to grow up gay. Even in today's day and age it is still hard to find acceptance without judgement so in 2011 Paul started the blog site "Born This Way" which is a place to share stories and support for the LGBTQ community. The blog exploded with responses, so much so... Paul wrote this book, Born This Way, filling it with pictures of boys and girls at young ages and their stories about when they knew and what it was like when (and if) they came out and told their families and friends.

The short stories share what growing up was like. In some cases there was name calling and bullying which led to many of these children keeping to themselves and doing anything they could to avoid conflict.

The book is a quick read, the stories are short and sometimes funny, and sometimes heart breaking. In many cases, by the time they told family and friends, they had known and were just waiting for them to tell them. In other more heartbreaking (and thankfully rare) circumstances, families turned their backs... not understanding. Yet story after story no matter what the outcome, each person said life was so much better once they said it out loud and were their true selves.

This book is a short read but a powerful one. I smiled at the stories, occasionally laughed, and yes, at times my heart broke a little too. Everyone deserves to be accepted and Paul Vitagliano has taken great steps towards doing just that.
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