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Forward by Dale Peck
Seventh grade: You remember it, don't you? Sweet sixteen seemed impossibly far away, an elegant, unattainable future. All that we had was the doldrums of thirteen -- not so sweet, and definitely queer.
Now, some of the finest observers of the gay experience take us back to the homerooms and hallways of our youth, in a collection of original essays that captures that time of adolescence when social and sexual development was at its raging worst.
From gym class to kissing parties, obsessive crushes to after-school pummelings, every day held the possibility of discovery -- and complete humiliation. For those of us who are gay, our sexuality added another twist, that extra little way we didn't quite fit in. It was a time of becoming who we truly are, a passage into adulthood that was as memorable as it was agonizing. Queer 13 tells these tales of teenage trauma -- from funny to painful, reflective to literary -- all ringing with the universal truths of a poignant, extraordinary time.
The finest observers of the gay experience tell memorable tales of teenage trauma, all ringing with the universal truths of a poignant, hilarious, extraordinary time.
In this unique anthology, 25 of the finest observers of the gay experience remember adolescence in a collection of essays that capture a time when social and sexual development was at its raging worst. In some ways, being 13 and gay wasnt different than being like any other kid. Group showers, homeroom, zits, voice changes, spin-the-bottle, and unrequited love were typical parts of the adolescent experience, but being gay was another twist, an extra way of not fitting in. Every day held the possibility of discovery and complete humiliation. Queer 13 tells these teenage tales of trauma, and ultimately growth.