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If It's A Choice, My Zygote Chose Balls [Kindle Edition]

Jeremy Hooper
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Book Description

Jeremy Hooper's Good As You website ( is known for blending passion and wit, making the case for LGBT equality worldwide. In If It’s a Choice, My Zygote Chose Balls: Making Sense of Senseless Controversy, Jeremy continues that style, blending a unique mix of memoir and social commentary that argues for equal rights based on relatable human principles.

Hooper leads readers through his own life story, revealing the positive and unnecessarily encumbered aspects of growing up gay in contemporary society. The noted author and activist writes in a sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, but always sharply informed style, opening a window into the realities of family rejection and acceptance. Whether offering direct guidance for would-be straight allies or sharing the inner monologue of a boy who knew who he was long before early adulthood would allow him to own it, Hooper provides a wealth of insight and argument to push the equality conversation forward.

“From constant talk about marriage to the popular parlor game ‘Which celebrity is gay?’ our world is, in many ways, obsessed with LGBT topics,” says Hooper. “However, there is serious neglect in terms of actually tackling the issues at hand. I want to address the weighty topics head on, but in a relatable way.”

As someone who spends ten to twelve daily hours slogging through the "culture war" for his celebrated website, Jeremy Hooper knows better than anyone how far the LGBT community still has to go in order to obtain full equality. At the same time, his focused lens had led him to believe that some of the usual LGBT activism has isolated the fight and stories, leaving much of the continued struggle to go unrealized by the population at large. So Hooper's answer is to present relatable tales that are just as proactive in changing hearts and minds as any textbook gay rights treatment, but doing so in a package that pops with universal heart and wit. Hooper calls out the B.S. for what it is, while keeping an equal focus on uniting folks from all walks of life for the common causes of peace, equality, acceptance, and, ironically enough–family values. All of this while remembering to keep his tongue in or around the cheek region.

Written to engage and entertain, as well as inspire further discussion and action, the book is aimed at a wide range of readers interested and open to learning.

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About the Author

Since founding Good As You ( in 2005, Jeremy Hooper has garnered a reputation as a fresh voice in the worlds of Internet publishing and activism. With a background geared both towards entertainment and advocacy, he approaches LGBT issues with a showman’s spirit, pointing out perceived wrongdoings and follies with the clever exuberance of a seasoned jester. Both Hooper and his website have been profiled in the gay and lesbian newsmagazine The Advocate, featured on the PBS program In the Life, on the Logo network, on Sirius radio, and across every corner of the web. As a sought-after consultant, strategist, and speaker, he has worked with leading national organizations like the Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD. Originally from Nashville, TN, the author now lives on the West Side of Manhattan with his husband, Andrew, and the couple’s unbelievably adorable dog, Bosley.

Product Details

  • File Size: 768 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615574548
  • Publisher: Good As You (December 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BKZF7E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,901 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mom of a gay son and son-in-law June 10, 2012
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Of course I was going to read this book (I have read it twice so far). Jeremy is my son-in-law and I have a gay son. My first read left me in awe of Jeremy's amazing use of language while presenting a poignant and clear portrait of the gay rights movement. I was a little nervous reading it for the first time, not only for fear of finding typos (that I knew would annoy the heck out of my perfectionist son-in-law), but worried if I would follow it all or maybe find out something that Jeremy felt that I didn't know how to handle. I made it through, laughing and crying and knowing that this is a wonderful book.

The second read gave me much more. Free of the burdens of looking for typos or scary secrets, I enjoyed the read as a book in which the author is advocating decency for everyone; whether it be for the gay man or lesbian woman or the teenager who is bullied on the playground or the African American or Jew who is subtly kept out of some loop.

This book is a must read for human beings who want to learn, laugh, and feel in touch with the goodness that all humans can and should feel and hopefully demonstrate.

Susan Shulman
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ari C. June 5, 2012
By Ari
The book was an amazing read and I couldn't put it down. It was well written, funny, emotional and provided an important and logical perspective on this issue. Great job and 5 stars must read.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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I cannot remember exactly how or when I first came across Jeremy Hooper's blog Good As You; perhaps through a link from the Advocate or Human Rights Campaign or just the trusty old Google. What I can tell you is that it is a rare day that I don't visit his site at least once to read up on the latest slings and arrows that have been tossed in this current culture war. Jeremy's writing coupled with his investigative skills have provided a unique, reasoned and calming voice in the battle for full equality.

But who is this young man who has taken on the anti-gay pundits, whom he refers to as `mo foes, with both wit and reason? In his book, If It's A Choice, Jeremy openly and honestly tells his story. I, who am only 5 years his senior, found that his coming out process was very similar to my own. The awareness, the implications, the fear of discovery, the hiding; these were all what Jeremy, myself, and indeed hundreds of LGBT youth went through and are currently going through. While the steps might be different for some, and not always as humorous, what comes through to the reader is that this is an honest story and it could very easily be your story too.

Through the clever use of chapters taken as an aside to the main story, the "Despite what you may have heard" sections are Jeremy's clever way of confronting LGBT stereotypes with his caustic wit, humor and open honesty. After all, when it comes to the stereotypes who are you going to believe, the anti-gay fear mongers or those of us who are actually LGBT?

Several years ago, I was talking with my Dad about some comments made by the Church in response to marriage equality and homosexuality; I was furious at the hypocrisy in light of the scandal the Church was involved in.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Handbook" June 22, 2012
Jeremy is a terrific writer; the book has just the right balance of personal & political. His ability to trade anger for rational thought is admirable. This should be a handbook for people (me included) who know that marginalizing any group is just fundamentally WRONG, but who have difficulty putting these feelings into such specific--effective--arguments.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read June 18, 2012
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Whether you are gay or you know someone who is -- and especially if you think you don't know someone who is -- this is a book for you. Hooper blends personal stories with principled arguments into a compelling narrative, punctuating very serious, rational arguments with puns and heartwarming (or, sometimes, heartbreaking) stories. As I read, I regularly would find myself laughing and tearing up in the space of a few sentences. Whether you support gay rights or not, Hooper's honesty and humor will draw you into the book, leaving you craving more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If It's a Choice... I Choose to Stand by Jeremy June 18, 2012
By Thomas
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The LGBT community has been under attack by conservatives and religious fundamentalists since before Adam and Steve had their first chance to shake their groove thing at the first Eden Happy Hour (at which I'm sure God was handing out the microphone for karaoke and welcome everyone in with wide open arms regardless of taste in music, drink or sex). In Jeremy Hooper's smart, witty and deeply personal pilgrimage through closeted upbringing to proud advocate for human equality, he debunks the senseless claims made by the likes of Maggie Gallagher and her NOM cohorts, Family Research Council and numerous other denizens of the "'mo foes" army. His words are carefully chosen: cogent yet calm, targeted yet tactful, intense yet in touch. With each of their claims, he takes their words and peels back the reasons they profess for their bigotry (though they'd have you call it "preservation") and exposes it for what it is: inhumanity. His goal is simple. To love each person as (fill in the blank with whatever god, guide, mother, father, friend) intended and abolish hatred.

See, Jeremy Hooper knows something that the "'mo foes" don't... they can't win their argument. Time and time again the world has seen bigotry fall away as the new generation grows, comes into its own understanding of family and community, strips away the labels of its predecessors and teaches the next to make the next steps even grander.

Get this book. Right now it doesn't matter if you agree with him or me. What matters is that you read it.

If you don't agree with the freedoms desired by the LGBT community, read it to understand this intensely personal story and how the argument against the freedom to love has affected HIS life. Read how the hurt has shaped him and countless others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 26 days ago by C. Scott Strumello
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written-a personal story that hits home for many
This is a well written book that celebrates coming out on the other side of the personal struggles that many LGBT individuals face. I could not put it down. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jason Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars review
What a delightful book from beginning to end. We are fortunate that the author shared his story with us. Mr. Hooper is a great advocate for LGBT people.
Published 9 months ago by John Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope!
I could blather on and try to sound like I know more than others about what is good and bad in books today but I won't. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Phillip John Michels
5.0 out of 5 stars A priceless message and a great flow
"If It's a Choice..." is the perfect blend of Jeremy's personal ventures as well as a unique take on the fight for equality. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bryce Blackwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Understands the opposition
Anyone with basic writing skills can try to write a book on a topic the "live in." It's easy for a person to write about their own personal experiences. Read more
Published 12 months ago by M. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars A Call for Acceptance Done with Humor and Intelligence
If It's Choice, My Zygote Chose Balls - Making Sense of Senseless Controversy is an excellent book. Unfortunately, it's one of those books that the people who really need to read... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Linda Fausnet
4.0 out of 5 stars Hits the nail on the head!
Insightful and right on the money! Poignant and spot on. Related to so much of what was said. Excellent read!
Published 13 months ago by M. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeremy Hooper - If It's A Choice
I read and thoroughly enjoyed Jeremy's book and wholeheartedly recommend it to you and suggest you read it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Thomas R. Anoe
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're wondering if you should read this book, the answer is yes!
I should probably preface my review with the disclaimer that I kind of already knew the author before I read this book. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Natane Davis
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