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The shared heart : portraits and stories celebrating lesbian, gay, and… (edition 1997)

by Adam Mastoon

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Title:The shared heart : portraits and stories celebrating lesbian, gay, and bisexual young people
Authors:Adam Mastoon
Info:New York : William Morrow : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, c1997.
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The Shared Heart: Portraits and Stories Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young People by Adam Mastoon

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The Shared Heart by Adam Mastoon is a collection of essays written by LGBTQ teens about their “coming out” experiences. A picture of each author and a blurb written in the author’s handwriting accompanies each essay. Some of the stories are happy with kids coming out to supportive parents who love and adore them and others are heartbreaking, worst-case scenarios. I think the power of this book lies in its honesty; these are real stories, written by real teens. LGBTQ teens desperately need real role models and real situations to ponder and discuss. I would highly recommend The Shared Heart to any teen, LGBTQ or not, to provide a needed perspective into the lives of others. ( )
  JillZH | Mar 6, 2011 |
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Adam Mastoon's beautifully reproduced photographs of gay, lesbian, and bisexual young people are a revelation: each subject, posed yet casual, looks directly into the camera and invites us into his or her life. But the book is more than a photo gallery, and the personal statements written by each young person brings a sense of what it means to be a gay youth today. In a world in which gay teens are told that they either don't exist or should change their sexual orientation, The Shared Heart is a beacon of hope, clarity, and joy.

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Athletes, painters, class presidents, and performing artists, the people in Adam Mastoon's compelling portraits recount experiences that are as diverse as their backgrounds. One man recounts his religious family's struggle to accept his gay identity. Another tells of the challenge to reconcile her bisexuality with her Asian-American heritage. Others recall the solace of long afternoons in the library devouring books that assured them that they were not alone. Together these candid accounts of navigating adolescence express the fundamental need we all share for acceptance and freedom of expression.… (more)

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