Growing Up Queer
Kids and the Remaking of LGBTQ Identity
"Illuminating...Robertson examine[s] how youth today form queer identities. This accessibly written inquiry will be of interest to queer readers, sociologists, and gender studies enthusiasts alike.”
"Mary Robertson...make[s] a reader want to...just enjoy the teens she meets. There’s life in them, deep introspection and philosophical thought, as well as acceptance covered slightly with the scabs of perseverance. Their voices are real and need no explaining. They offer hope."
"With clarity and rich detail, Robertson tells the story of growing up queer and the community organizations and institutions that buoy today's LGBT youth. It is a deeply engaging account of both the dignities and indignities of becoming queer, leaving us with a more complicated portrait of youth resilience and risk."
—Amy L. Best, Author of Fast-Food Kids: French Fries, Lunch Lines and Social Ties
"Mary Robertson’s fascinating study of a youth drop-in center for queerly oriented American kids documents the new ways queer is being embodied, experienced, and democratized by LGBTQ+ youth. Written with a critical self-reflexivity regarding her own identity statuses, Robertson’s book shows how queer young adults are neither simply resilient in the face of homophobic harassment nor precariously at risk for suicide or other dangers. Instead, she documents the complicated ways queer youth thrive and metabolize their social experiences in a supportive space. This space allows this queer youth group to explore their gender and sexual fluidity, embrace the trans-affirmative practice of stating preferred gender pronouns, and to simply connect to one another. A powerful account of the continuing need for queer spaces that affirm LGBTQ+ youth, Growing Up Queer is essential reading for understanding queer young people today."
—James Joseph Dean, Author of Straights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture
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