From Library Journal
Surprising as it may seem, there has not been a book of portraits of gay and lesbian young people. Now there are two. As a young gay man, photographer Mastoon writes, "without external reflections to validate my internal experience I felt alienated and alone." Seeking to rectify that situation, he offers handsome duotone portraits of 40 gay, lesbian, and bisexual young people juxtaposed with their own one-page personal statements. The self-confident faces and poignant voices of these courageous young Anglo, Asian, Latino, and African Americans make an important and powerful statement, offsetting appalling statistics of self-destructive behavior. Growing Up Gay takes a slightly different approach by focusing on two young people, Amy Grahn and Jamie Nabozny. Stepping "into the stream of their lives," Minneapolis Star Tribune staff photographer Reed creates a series of intimate pictures documenting these teenagers as they experience the joys of first love and the pain of rejection, face challenges, and reveal insecurities, knowing that they both have their families' love and respect. Both books offer resource listings of readings, organizations, telephone hot lines, and web sites, joining such valuable titles as Ellen Bass and Kate Kaufman's Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth?and Their Allies (HarperPerennial, 1996) to help counter the lack of attention to our most precious resource?today's imperiled youth.?James E. Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L.
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About the Author
Reed is a staff photographer for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. She has been a high school teacher and is frequently on the faculty of the Missouri Photo Workshop.