“The Gay Jungle: A Beginner’s Guide to Navigating Life as a Gay Guy” by Dan P. Schaefer— Diffiucult Questions

Schaefer, Dan P. “The Gay Jungle: A Beginner’s Guide to Navigating Life as a Gay Guy”, Independently Published, 2017.

Difficult Questions

Amos Lassen

I never needed a guide to being gay, it just kind of happened and it was great fun. However, there are those who have no idea how to make their way through the jungle of gay life— especially those who live in rural areas where there are few, if any, role models. Dan Schaefer proposes these questions—“How do you make your way through this strange and unfamiliar territory? What’s in there anyway? And what’s on the other side? Will you survive, and maybe even end up thriving as a happy, healthy, well-adjusted gay person?”

He then looks at what lies ahead and how to deal with it and he does so by sharing humorous and not-so-humorous stories from his own life so that it will all seem to be a lot less unusual and scary. But there are more questions: “ Can I change this? Am I going to Hell? What happens when I come out? How do I meet other gay people? Do gay relationships work like straight relationships? How does my orientation affect the rest of my life? What about my legal rights? Can I still live a long and happy life?”

This is in part a self-help guide for the freshly aware gay person as well as an autobiographical exploration of the gay American experience making it all sound so easy.


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