Olly Alexander. Review by Nova. I cried my eyes out this hit so close to home. This was super uplifting! Very gay male centric but Olly is a gay man so it makes sense I suppose.
The Power and Hurt of Growing Up Black and Gay
From Boys to Men - Wikipedia
As our country struggles to accept its gay and lesbian citizens, the debate for gay civil rights often focuses on the issue of choice, with the majority of Americans believing that to be gay is a choice, one that's embraced for its lifestyle. This belief ignores the presence and experience of one segment of the gay and lesbian population: its youth. In Joining The Tribe , journalist Linnea Due travels America to create a portrait of gay and lesbian teenagers as an endangered and vulnerable community whose diversity, courage, and resiliency will inspire gay and straight readers alike. By vividly documenting the lives of gay and lesbian teenagers, Due shows that homosexuality is not about choice. It's about fights in the schoolyard, whispers in the locker room, cruel classmates, and oblivious or abusive parents.
Growing Up Gay in the 1990s: Has That Much Changed for Today's Gay Youth?
In this eye-opening film, young pop culture icon Olly Alexander explores why the gay community is more vulnerable to mental health issues, as he opens up about his own long-term battles with depression. He has broken taboos with music videos that celebrate queer identities and spoken openly about his own sexuality as well as his ongoing struggles with anxiety. In the film Olly joins young people on their journeys battling issues that parallel his own - from homophobic bullying to eating and anxiety disorders - and along the way he asks what can be done to address them. Audio described.
These are just some of the many questions we get asked every day from curious straight friends, or from young gay teens coming to terms with their sexuality. Growing up we both loved reading gay stories to help with our own coming out journey. There is everything to cover first time gay experiences, coming of age stories, gay teen romances, erotic encounters and even sci-fi liaisons! I was 20 years old, fresh out the closet — curious but terrified at the same time of this new exciting gay world.