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Young Adult Nonfiction Lgbt

Hear Me Out

True Stories of Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia

with Planned Parenthood of Toronto

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2004
LGBT, Sexuality & Pregnancy, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Teenagers
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2004
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 13 to 18


Twenty Gay teens speak out about their lives, about the realization of their sexuality, and the consequences for themselves. These young people discuss the reactions of their friends and families, their schoolmates and society in general.

About the author

T.E.A.C.H. was established in 1993. It is a peer-based program run by Planned Parenthood of Toronto to educate and challenge youth about their attitudes toward gay, lesbian, queer, bisexual, transsexual and transgender people. T.E.A.C.H. conducts presentations and workshops in schools and community centers across the city.

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Editorial Reviews

A moving and insightful book about the power of storytelling, coming out and celebrating yourself.

Shameless Magazine

A valuable resource in discussions of homosexuality in sex and health education classes.

Resource Links

The writing reflects the diversity of the young people and their experiences, and the authenticity of their words.


The stories are raw, personal and challenging.

Telegram (St. John's, Nfld)

An important and emotionally powerful collection that is sure to encourage discussion.


Bold personal accounts of homosexuals combating the fear-endowed prescience of modern society.

ForeWord Magazine

A must-read for parents, teachers and teens.

Canadian Living

The stories are personal and sometimes heartbreaking, but they all share a sense of individual growth, acceptance and hope.

School Library Journal

As the young writers shape their queer identities, they touch on universal themes of acceptance and belonging.


The first-person accounts capture the readers' interest and make it difficult not to empathsize with the storytellers.

CM Magazine (Manitoba Library Association)

The first-hand accounts are strong and vivid, compelling and wholly emotional.

Queer Things

This powerful book is truly an inspiring collection.

Calgary Herald

The stories are not depressing, but realistic, hopeful and inspiring.


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