Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay (October 9, 2012) is a collection of adorable childhood photographs accompanied by sweet, funny, and at times heartbreaking personal stories of those who grew up LGBTQ. Based on the popular blog of the same name, Born This Way is a celebration of growing up gay, childhood, and community.
Feeling different is, for many LGBTQ people, a central part of the experience of growing up. And, as the saying goes, a picture can speak a thousand words. Born This Way features 100 photographs submitted by blog readers from around the world, dating from the 1940s to today, paired with personal narratives about the images and about each contributor’s unique perspective on growing up LGBTQ. Their warm, inclusive stories give people the courage to say, “Yes, I’m gay. And I was born this way. I’ve known it since I was very young, and this is my story.”
Among the diverse entries are contributions from the first openly gay Congress member, Barney Frank; Village Voice columnist Michael Musto; actor and drag performer Miss Coco Peru; and blogger and TV personality Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr., better known as Perez Hilton.