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This Book is Gay:

second edition

by Juno Dawson (she/her) 
The Gender Creative Child, by Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

This Book Is Gay was first published in 2014, this is a 2021 update. The book is a “manual to all areas of life as an LGBT person” and “is meant to serve as a guidebook for young people discovering their sexual identity and how to navigate those uncomfortable waters.” I think we can all get behind a book with a chapter called, “Stereotypes are Poo”.

This Book Is Gay has frequently been banned and challenged in the United States, according to the American Library Association‘s Office of Intellectual Freedom.

Prior to writing This Book Is Gay, Dawson had worked as a “sexual education and wellness teacher” for seven years. In 2012, when her publisher requested she write This Book Is Gay, she was uncertain about undertaking “such a massive project.” However, she wanted to write a book she would have found beneficial to herself as a queer adolescent, as well as a book that could help protect young people in the age of the internet, where misinformation is rampant.

Beyond discussing topics directly related to sexual intercourse, This Book Is Gay covers “the well-being and the relationship and the nurturing side” of sexual relationships, which Dawson states “was really important to [her], so that young queer people can picture a future for themselves as well-adjusted queer adults.”

Coming soon from Juno Dawson: What’s The T? (June 2022) The companion title to the groundbreaking This Book Is Gay, What’s the T? tackles the complex realities of growing up trans with honesty and humor and is joyfully illustrated by gender non-conforming artist Soofiya.

Content warning: straight talk about sex from a sex educator


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