'Telling Tales' Documents Lesbian, Gay And Bisexual Student Experiences

Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Executive Director Kevin Jennings has edited a new book entitled, Telling Tales Out of School: Gays, lesbians, and bisexuals revisit their school days, inspired by GLSEN's Back-to-School Campaign, a program which encourages individuals to write their schools and share their experiences as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender alumni.

Jennings says in the book's introduction, "People started sending me copies of their letters, and the stories were so incredible ... that I knew there was a book crying out to be made from them." More than 30 authors contributed with stories of harassment and strength, including Jennings himself; noted African-American author Larry Duplechan; Jon Barrett, an Advocate editor, and bisexual activist Loraine Hutchins.

Jennings has edited two other anthologies, One Teacher in Ten and Becoming Visible. This book adds the voices of students to the teachers' stories and curricular information he had presented in the prior two.

Telling Tales was released by Los Angeles-based Alyson Books. For more information, visit GLSEN's website, located at http://www.glsen.org


©1998 Oasis Magazine. All Rights Reserved.