“Growing Up Gay: From Left Out to Coming Out” by Funny Gay Males— Still Very Funny

Funny Gay Males. “Growing Up Gay: From Left Out to Coming Out”, Hyperion Books, 1995.

Still Very Funny

Amos Lassen

There are some books that can be read over and over and “Growing Up Gay” is one of those. Its humor is not only wonderful but here it is seven years after publication and I still laugh every time I read it. Today was one of those dreary New England days and a laugh was needed so I picked it up again

The book is a collection of anecdotes and statements by the once very popular gay comedy group, Funny Gay Males. Now we all know that a stereotype is little more than a commonly held lie and here is where the writers start. They challenge some of the stereotypes and accept others and even with this we get a very positive picture of gay life. Perhaps the book would have even been better named had the title been, Growing Up Different. There are no explanations to why someone grows up different, instead the writers just have fun with it.

What is really interesting is that there is a lot to be learned from the book and the content is universal and because of this I would say that not only is it about growing up gay but it is also about differences. After reading this, I predict you will find a new sense of pride and as you do, you will be laughing. Each and every one of us is somewhere in that book and that is what makes it so charming.