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It's So Gay, and It's Okay

Title

It's So Gay, and It's Okay

Authors

Wallace Wong

Publisher

Lulu Publishing Services

Publication Year

2014

ISBN

9781483407029

Pages

34 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Jamie is so excited for the first day of school. As he puts on a pink shirt, he thinks about making new friends and learning new things. But when Jamie enters the classroom, everything suddenly changes. When a boy laughs at Jamie's pink shirt and calls him gay, Jamie is mortified. Still, he goes home without telling his parents, determined to never wear that shirt again. The next day, Jamie begins playing with a doll in the classroom. Soon, all the boys are laughing at him again. Jamie knows he should probably tell a teacher, but instead he decides not to play with dolls. Jamie just wants to fit in, but as he tries to change himself to be accepted, he grows more and more unhappy. How will Jamie handle the situation? Can he learn to accept himself and be happy? It's So Gay, and It's Okay is a children's tale that shares an important message: it is okay to be unique and different.

Grade Level

K-3

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Gender nonconformity; gender roles; gender identity

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

Keywords

social acceptance in children; clothing; dolls; playing; bullying; fitting in; unhappiness; self-acceptance

Diversity Impact

direct

It's So Gay, and It's Okay


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