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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594745994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594745997
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The book, a sweet and fun reminder to accept all of our children takes maybe an hour to read, but that includes lingering over the photos, which truly deserve to be lingered over.”—NJ.com

“...an amazing new book....”—Huffington Post “Gay Voices”

“...[a] touching compendium of LGBT people recounting how they came to realize they were gay and sharing their subsequent coming out stories.”—Metro
 
“From stories of wearing Mom’s dresses to little girls who just wanted to be tough guys, Born This Way serves some sweet—albeit brief—messages of joy and strength.”—Instinct Magazine

About the Author

PAUL VITAGLIANO is DJ Paul V., club and radio DJ, events promoter, music-reviews writer, blogger, and self-titled “promosexual.” His Born This Way project (bornthiswayblog.com) shares and celebrates real stories of growing up gay. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Paul Vitagliano (aka DJ Paul V.) is an institution in the Los Angeles and Silver Lake club scene, and whose eclectic club and radio DJ career has thrived for over 30 years, first in his hometown of Boston and in Los Angeles since 1988.

In January 2011, Paul was inspired to create the "Born This Way Blog" - a photo/essay project for gay adults of all genders to submit their childhood pictures and stories and share their memories of growing up LGBTQ - http://www.BornThisWayBlog.com

Paul's simple but powerful idea of letting the gay community tell their unique stories touched people everywhere from the US to South America and all over Europe. BornThisWayBlog.com has achieved more than 3.9 million views since its debut and was featured on CNN, Salon, NPR, The Advocate, The Huffington Post, and Sundance Channel.

The "Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay" book (released 10/9/12) features over 100 stories and photos, including contributions from the first openly gay Congress member, Barney Frank; Erasure's Andy Bell; Village Voice columnist Michael Musto; actor/drag performers Miss Coco Peru & Jackie Beat; blogger and TV personality Perez Hilton; and other notable public figures from the gay community.
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CLUB AND DJ CAREER:

As co-creator and DJ at the beloved DRAGSTRIP 66 club (which at 20 years is LA's longest running underground dance event), Paul knows how to expertly work the CD decks with cutting-edge music and beats for alternative and gay/mixed dancefloors. He is also the go-to aficionado for mashups.

You can also hear him spinning tunes for various Goldenvoice concerts around Los Angeles, such as Robyn, OMD, Little Boots, Miike Snow, Jane's Addiction, Gang Of Four, Gary Numan, Nitzer Ebb, The Gossip and many more.

Paul brought music mashups to the masses on the LA airwaves in 2005 via Indie 103.1 FM with his "Mashup Of The Day" feature, and his electro/indie rock/mashups got heard every Friday afternoon via "The Smash Mix" and every Saturday night with his "Neon Noise" mix show - until they pulled the plug on the radio station entirely in 2009. His "Neon Noise" mix show is now back online on Moheak Radio - Friday & Saturday nights from 10pm-1AM PT - http://www.Moheak.com.

Paul has also been writing music reviews since 1988; he was In Mag LA's chief music reviewer since 1997, and is now a featured reviewer for Frontiers In LA Magazine.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter Cabot on October 15, 2012
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For every one of us sissies who's had one of "those pictures" which we pushed to the back of the photo album hoping none of our relatives would make it back that far, this book is a Declaration of Independence--a call to arms for gay kids and adults everywhere to be themselves!

It is about time the stories (and pictures) from our formative years are told and seen. Moving in that direction, BORN THIS WAY is a delightful, insightful and moving account of brave souls finding (and oftentimes fighting) their way to self-hood and self-respect.

Kudos to Mr. Vitagliano for this book and his website. BORN THIS WAY has already found a proud and prominent place on my bookshelf.

Peter Andrew Walter Cabot
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gift Card Recipient on October 12, 2012
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I received this book at it's Release party that was hosted by the Author, D.J. Paul V., along with CoCo Peru, Jackie Beat, Frank DeCaro and several other contributors to this wonderful Book.

These are real stories of real people in the world, who even today are still not accepted by family or friends because they are Gay "It's a Travesty"
Their stories are funny, thoughtful, painful and Brave - This book is not only for those who are Gay, it's for everyone who has a Gay family member, friend or yourself.

This book gives a voice & a look at those folks who have been through this and to all those who are still trying to find their voice and wonder if they will be accepted for who they are!!

Simply put This book say's "YES", You, Me & We were BORN THIS WAY!

TJM
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Balma on October 23, 2012
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This is a great find! Colorful, clever, funny and moving. I read it wondering how my teen years might have been different if only I'd had a copy to refer to way back when. I sent my copy to a 14 year old boy who is getting bullied in a small town for being gay (his teacher is an old friend). I think it will help him to understand that he is not alone. Big thanks to the author for dreaming this up!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PK on October 13, 2012
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If you're one of the 3 million+ people who fell in love with author Paul V's blog, you'll fall even more in love with his book! If you're not one of those 3 million+ people, crawl out from underneath that rock and buy this book ASAP! It is full of sweet, cute, funny pics and stories that will make you laugh, cry, and touch your heart and make you want to be a better person. It doesn't get any better than that!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sheila A. Dechantal on January 24, 2013
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Paul Vitagliano knows first hand what it is like to grow up gay. Even in today's day and age it is still hard to find acceptance without judgement so in 2011 Paul started the blog site "Born This Way" which is a place to share stories and support for the LGBTQ community. The blog exploded with responses, so much so... Paul wrote this book, Born This Way, filling it with pictures of boys and girls at young ages and their stories about when they knew and what it was like when (and if) they came out and told their families and friends.

The short stories share what growing up was like. In some cases there was name calling and bullying which led to many of these children keeping to themselves and doing anything they could to avoid conflict.

The book is a quick read, the stories are short and sometimes funny, and sometimes heart breaking. In many cases, by the time they told family and friends, they had known and were just waiting for them to tell them. In other more heartbreaking (and thankfully rare) circumstances, families turned their backs... not understanding. Yet story after story no matter what the outcome, each person said life was so much better once they said it out loud and were their true selves.

This book is a short read but a powerful one. I smiled at the stories, occasionally laughed, and yes, at times my heart broke a little too. Everyone deserves to be accepted and Paul Vitagliano has taken great steps towards doing just that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 7, 2013
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Homosexuality is presented in a way that even the strongest homophobes have to realize(if they could ever be open-minded enough to read the book) that this is the way God allows some to experience this life. And I believe God doesn't make mistakes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Just A New Yorker on November 19, 2013
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I laughed out loud and cried and contemplated reading story after story. this book mirrored a lot of my and my friends very very early conceptions of the world. a great book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Magenta Puppy on October 5, 2013
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This book was funny, heartwarming, and heartbreaking, all in one. I loved it and I recommend it to anyone who is struggling with who they are.
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