Synopses & Reviews
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Finally, the first big book of manners for the more than 15 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the United States and Canada and the people who love them, work with them, and live with them. Written by Steven Petrow, the go-to authority on the subject—hes the same-sex wedding expert at The New York Times and a columnist for The Huffington Post, Yahoos Shine, GayWeddings.com, and the “Q” Syndicate (with distribution to more than 100 LGBT newspapers and websites)—this is the definitive book of LGBT etiquette.
Encyclopedic in its approach, filled with practical wisdom, lively wit, and much insight, Steven Petrows Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners covers everything: from coming out to being out in the workplace; from dealing with the joy and complexity of same-sex weddings and commitment ceremonies (including how to propose and write meaningful vows) to handling the legal paperwork every couple needs. Theres a chapter on sex etiquette, and another on the challenges and opportunities of raising a family, plus sections on travel, bullying, entertaining, meeting new friends, introducing your partner to your family, a primer on gay pride, and so much more.
Throughout there are hundreds of questions—some posed by LGBT folk, and others by straight people: What do the mothers of two brides wear to a lesbian wedding? What do you say to an anti-gay joke? How do you answer “Whos the father?” when there are two mothers?
Manners, yes, but with a twist.
A great read and an indispensable reference. ...Advice on sex, weddings and parenting, how much to reveal on Facebook and résumés, why it's harmful to say 'that's so gay'--Steven Petrow has written a remarkably comprehensive guide to the complexities of modern LGBT life.
--Ted Allen, host of Food Network's Chopped
Oh, the old days! So simple! Keep your head down and don't get caught. Now, with the freedom to be ourselves, it's nothing but decisions, decisions, decisions. Lucky for us, we've got Steven Petrow--Dear Abby, Emily Post, Ask Amy, Dan Savage, and a reassuring older sibling all rolled into one sane, sage, and savvy voice.
--Eric Marcus, author, Making Gay History
This is not your mother's book on manners. Steven Petrow provides tons of information and guidance on everything from coming out to hookups to dealing with hostile or nosy family or coworkers. For the entire queer community and all who love us or want to figure us out, Steven's book is a fabulous reference.
--Kate Kendell, Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
How do you come out to your kid? When two men get married, who buys the engagement ring? ... Petrow dives into all these questions with thoughtful, measured advice. ...Ms. Post would approve. —Entertainment Weekly
“Steven Petrows Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners helps gays and straights navigate the subtleties of the same-sex world.” —People
“Move over, Emily Post! When it comes to etiquette for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community—as well as their straight friends, family members and coworkers—author and journalist Steven Petrow is the authority.” —Time
“What couldve easily become a novelty book has emerged as an exhaustively researched, essential resource thanks to advice columnist and etiquette expert Steven Petrow.” —The Advocate
About the Author
Sally Chew has worked for magazines and websites from Vibe
to Time Inc.'s Health.com. She lives in Brooklyn.
Steven Petrow, former president of the National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association, is a syndicated writer on LGBT manners for The Huffington Post, Yahoo! Shine, LOGO, and the "Q" Syndicate. The same-sex wedding expert for The New York Times, he has also written for The Advocate, The Los Angeles Times, Salon, The Daily Beast, and Out.com. His previous books include The Essential Book of Gay Manners & Etiquette and When Someone You Know Has AIDS. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.