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Growing Up and Coming Out

If they can do it, you can too.

 
Batt, Bryan
She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother: A Memoir
PN2287.B387 A3 2010
Bryan Batt, star of TV's Mad Men, chronicles his childhood with his delightful southern belle of a mother, growing up gay in the south with her support.
 
Bergman, S. Bear
The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You
HQ77.9.B475 2009
This series of essays examines how being branded gay, queer or transgendered can effect the person being labeled, as well as those doing the labeling.
 
Bono, Chaz
Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man
HQ77.8.B66 A3 2011
In one of the most public gender transformations, the world watched as Chastity Bono changed from the adorable daughter of Sonny and Cher to a prominent gay rights activist in the 1990s, finally becoming the man he always felt he should be. "But even I can't believe that that cherubic little girl from the television screen would grow up to be a middle-aged man."
 
Breva, Aleshia
The Woman I was Born to Be
HQ77.8.B74 A3 2010x
Aleshia Brevard was one of the first people in the US to receive gender reassignment surgery. She went on to become a successful Hollywood actress. Her personal life may not have always been as successful, but she is happy with the person she became.
 
De Rossi, Portia
Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain
PN1992.4.D36 A3 2010x
Portia De Rossi fought not only an eating disorder but the terror of being outed in Hollywood. This fear fueled the eating disorder as much as the pressures of being thin and in the spotlight. She writes about the lows as well as the triumphs of learning to control her disease and live her life honestly.
 
Galloway, Terry
Mean Little Deaf Queer: A Memoir
HV2534.G3 G35 2009
Terry grew up gay in Texas. She was also deaf. These things could have marked her as an outcast for life. Instead, she reflects on them in funny and poignant ways in this memoir that shows exactly what a determined human spirit is capable of.
 
Gambone, Philip
Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans
HQ75.2.G36 2010
An inspiring collection of essays about LGBTQ people in the US, both the famous (George Takei, David Sedaris) and the not-so-famous (a retired naval officer, a Princeton philosopher, two garden designers from Vermont). For some, sexuality defines how they live their lives, for others it's not an issue. All of them have managed to make a difference and create success for themselves.
 
It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living
HQ76.27.Y68 I8 2011x
Inspired by the It Gets Better Project YouTube channel, this is a collection of testimonials written to inspire LGBT teens, with a "hang in there, your life will get better" message.
 
Krieger, Nick
Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender
HQ77.8.K75 A3 2011
Nina thinks she is a lesbian until she meets a group of people in San Francisco who blur the lines between male and female and change their bodies to suit their individual gender identities.
 
Olson, Loren A.
Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight
HQ75.8.O589 A3 2011x
Olson is a psychiatrist, father, and grandfather who comes out at the age of forty. He explains how his sexuality evolved and what led him to his current life.
 

Updated: 1/20/2012