Hear Me Out: True Stories of Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia

Hear Me Out: True Stories of Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia


A Project of Planned Parenthood of Toronto


Honest and poignant stories from youth confronting homophobia.

More and more gay teens are talking. They are speaking about their lives, about the realization of their sexuality, and the consequences for themselves. These young people discuss the reactions of their friends and families, their schoolmates and society in general. Now presented in a book of twenty true stories, these heartfelt memoirs, which were originally presented orally in schools, speak poignantly about the lives of young people today.

Coming Out. Hiding Out. Just Being Out. There are many overriding themes in this collection of stories from Teens Educating And Confronting Homophobia (T.E.A.C.H.), but these three capture the essence of what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and young. This unique anthology celebrates the bold and tender storytelling that volunteers have shared with thousands of youth in schools and community settings.

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About the Organization

T.E.A.C.H. (Teens Educating And Confronting Homophobia) was established in 1993. It is a peer-based program run by Planned Parenthood of Toronto to educate and challenge youth about their attitudes toward gay, lesbian, queer, bisexual, transsexual and transgender people. T.E.A.C.H. conducts presentations and workshops in schools and community centers across the city.

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Product Information

  • Release: October 13, 2004
  • $12.95 Paperback
  • 204 Pages
  • 5.5 x 8.25
  • Teen Nonfiction
  • Ages 13-18 / Grades 8-12
  • ISBN: 9781896764870


  • Character Education
    > Empathy
    > Friendship & Family
    > Prejudice & Tolerance
  • Reflecting Diversity
    > LGBTQ

Praise for Hear Me Out

"An important and emotionally powerful collection that is sure to encourage discussion." - Booklist

"The stories are personal and sometimes heartbreaking, but they all share a sense of individual growth, acceptance and hope." - School Library Journal

"This powerful book is truly an inspiring collection." - Calgary Herald

"A must-read for parents, teachers and teens." - Canadian Living