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The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens

“It gets better.” This necessary message has made its way into mainstream media as a reaction to bullying and violence toward gay teens. Sexual identification can be a challenging step for teens who might be queer, and ways to navigate the future might seem unclear. It is with personal experience, professional resources and unflappable support that authors Kathy Belge and Marke Bieschke wrote Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens (June 2011; Zest Books; $16.95 US; 176 pages; two-color illustrations; paperback; ISBN-13: 978-0-9819733-4-0).

Queer is a humorous, engaging and honest guide that helps teens understand what being queer means, and how to come out to family and friends (and deal with repercussions). It provides suggestions for a healthy and vibrant LGBT social life (the “queer sphere”), while offering ways to deal with bigotry and homophobia. Queer also includes personal stories from the authors, fascinating sidebars on queer history and an abundance of health, community, safety, political, and reading resources.

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The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens

by Kathy Belge and Marke Bieschke
June 2011; $16.95 US;
176 pages; two-color illustrations; paperback original
Ages 14+, Teen nonfiction
ISBN-13: 978-0-9819733-4-0

Marke Bieschke is the former Health and Dating editor of and, and the current Senior Editor at the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He has also spoken about gay issues on National Public Radio and CBS Radio.

Kathy Belge co-authored the book Lipstick & Dipstick’s Essential Guide to Lesbian Relationships, and writes on lesbian life for Curve magazine and She was also the director of the Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center in Oregon.