This Book is Gay (James Dawson) BOOK REVIEW

17:00 Hannah - 12 Comments

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In a Nutshell:
A handbook for the LGBT+ community and allies

The Actual Review:

The first thing that I'd like to say about This Book is Gay is that I love the fact that the author breaks down stereotypes which centre on the 'LGBT+' community and stereotypes which centre on the 'straight' community. This is such an important yet quite frankly not addressed topic in LGBT+ books as the phrase 'That is so gay!' still exists. 

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Secondly, I like that the author invited other people of all ages to talk about their experiences - which helped him to stop the book focusing on only gay men and to educate readers further whilst still talking about taboo topics.  

This Book is Gay is more aimed at LGBT+ people themselves instead of allies but it is still certainly a useful guide for everyone and I am so glad I read it because I didn't realise how much I didn't know and I feel like that now I know more, I'm on the road to becoming a better ally (I hope). 

Aside from just talking about what gay means etc.... he also talks about sexuality and religion and about the laws on sexuality, same-sex sex and gay marriage in countries. I found this topic to be really interesting but the facts to be quite frankly sh*t because of how blatantly homophobic some governments/religious people can be. 

In a Nutshell:
    • A useful handbbook for everyone
    • Talks about taboo topics
    • Inclusive

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12 comments:

  1. Wow this sounds amazing. I like that you said it breaks down the stereotypes. I think that is really important. I would definitely like to read this one.

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  2. This sounds like a great book that will inform and enlighten!! I really like your new layout by the way it looks awesome!!

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    1. Thank you so much! It certainly is a good book for information.

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  3. This sounds like a great book. I guess it will open a few eyes here and there. I would love to read it.
    X Lissanne

    awkward-overload.blogspot.com

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  4. Great review! I've seen this book around but didn't actually realise it was a handbook. That's such a good idea though, it sounds like it's very informative!

    ­­ Nicola Reads YA

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    1. It's not really a handbook but can certainly be used like one :p

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  5. I've expressed this before on your blogs comments section but I love seeing more books being published about the LGBT+ community, i think it's so so important and a massive part in helping people learn as stone wall puts it " Some peoples are gay, get over it " . I think handbooks on sexuality are very helpful in allowing people gain the information they need to have a far better understanding of things that other wise they may insult :)

    LOts of love, Marianne xxx

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  6. This is actually quite useful because I'm currently doing an essay on same-sex marriage so this book would be a great source! xx

    www.adaliascloset.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It does have a section on same-sex marriage, good luck!

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