Book Review | Hear Me Out
Title: Hear Me Out
Author: Planned Parenthood
I was really pleased to have the chance to read the book hear me out: true stories of Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia (A Project of Planned Parenthood of Toronto) because I remember my experiences with friends who have come out and many of these events took place during my teenage years. I was impressed by the fact that Second Story Press had published a book on this subject!
I had never heard of the group T.E.A.C.H. (which stands for Teens Educating And Confronting Homophobia) so I found the history about the program, what it does, and how it is funded to be very interesting. I had never stopped to think about the fact that such a group existed but I was glad to know there is such a thing out there! The stories in this anthology are all written by individuals who are associated with T.E.A.C.H. – some of them are present or former members while others are volunteers and many have transitioned and taken on numerous roles within this organization.
When I sat down to read the book, I found myself drawn into the stories of these teenagers and young adults. I found their stories compelling and engaging. There were moments within these stories that made me smile and many others that pulled at my heart. Though I don’t know any of the individuals who wrote about their experiences, I wished that I could hug them and tell them how much their willingness to share their experiences had touched me!
I also learned a great deal by reading this book. Though I live in Ontario, I am not from Toronto, so I was unaware of the Triangle school and I found it interesting as I had never heard of its existence! The stories within the anthology brought to light things I’d never thought about. I had never considered the experiences of individuals who were gay or lesbian who also had to deal with cultural issues or being a visible minority. I had never given much thought to the experiences of someone who realized they were transgendered. All of these stories enlightened me about issues I’d never even realized existed and I appreciated the honesty and openness with which these stories were told.
I am really appreciative that I had the opportunity to read hear me out: true stories of Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about this topic!
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*