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It's ok to be gay: celebrity coming out stories

It's ok to be gay: celebrity coming out stories

Stokes, Alison, editor of compilation

Launched to coincide with National Coming Out Day, It's OK to be Gay is a collection of inspirational coming out stories from well-known figures from the LGBT community, who talk frankly about their own experiences and how their sexuality has shaped their character and success. Contributors include: Sue Perkins; rugby star Gareth Thomas; best-selling crime writer Val McDermid; Coronation Street star Charlie Condou; Strictly Come Dancing star Robin Windsor; Evan Davis, presenter of Dragon’s Den and Radio 4′s Today programme; Alice Arnold, former BBC newsreader and partner of Clare Balding; Edd Kimber, winner of the first ever Great British Bake Off; Reggae/soul singer Diana King; Lord Waheed Alli, Labour peer and entrepreneur; Award-winning writer Stella Duffy; X Factor finalist Jade Ellis; Author Paul Burston; Paralympian Claire Harvey; Actress Sophie Ward; Jane Czyzselska, editor of Diva magazine; Hip-hop artist Q Boy; Playwright Shelley Silas; Former Brookside actor Stifyn Parri; International rugby referee Nigel Owens; BBC Radio presenter Chris Needs; Rosie Wilby, comedienne and writer; Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah, Director UK Black Pride; Darren Scott, editor of GT magazine; It's OK to be Gay is a raising money for the charity Diversity Role Models and its work to stop homophobic bullying in schools

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Abercynon: Accent Press, 2013

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Statement of responsibility: edited by Alison Stokes
ISBN: 1909624128, 9781909624122
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: 178 pages : portraits ; 22 cm
Subject: Gays in popular culture.; Coming out (Sexual orientation); Self-acceptance.

Author note

Alison Stokes is a writer and journalist. A former Trinity Mirror features editor, she is the co-author of several inspirational memoirs including the international best-seller Old Before My Time with Hayley Okines which was the subject of a Channel 5 Extraordinary People documentary; Running Free with Kate Allatt and Worlds Beyond Words which was published as part of the Quick Reads national literacy scheme. She also lectures in journalism at the University of South Wales and works as a publishing manager.



This is a truly inspiring book. Coming out isn’t always easy, but the diverse voices collected here all say one thing, loud and clear: be yourself, follow your heart. That’s essential advice for any young person, whatever their sexuality.

This book is absolutely astonishing. I wish I had been able to read it back in 2008/2009 when I was first beginning to question my sexuality. I'd recommend 'It's OK To Be Gay' to anyone, not just those who are gay or bisexual - it is an inspiring book that I think should be read by as many people as possible! It not only encourages people to embrace who they are and not hide in fear, but it allows the reader to laugh along with the humour that many of these celebrities share as well. -

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Inspiring and often moving, it highlights both our great diversity as individuals and the things we often have in common. It's great to see that high-profile women's experiences are so well-represented.

Another great step in the right direction.

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As a whole package, It’s OK to be Gay covers all bases. The inspiring people who have contributed their stories come from all walks of life, which instantly makes this book endearing.  A delightful and well put together book. I believe it will serve to help and inspire younger LGB people as well as reminding the rest of us that it can and does get better.||

A great collection of short stories and should be essential reading for any young gay person, and their families for good measure. It shows how sexuality is only one element of a person and that once the coming out experience has passed, they are often much more happy. Reserve a space on your bookcase for this lovely little gem.

Back cover copy

Telling friends and family you’re lesbian, gay or bisexual is never easy.

In It’s OK to be Gay, well-known figures from the LGB community share their own experiences of coming out.

Whether dropping a bombshell during a family Christmas gathering, writing a letter home, being ‘outed’ by the media, or announcing it on Facebook, the TV stars, musicians, sportsmen and women, and writers in this collection talk frankly about coming to terms with their sexuality, and how it has shaped their personalities and success.

Contributors include rugby star Gareth Thomas, Strictly Come Dancing star Robin Windsor,  Dragon’s Den presenter Evan Davis, actress Sophie Ward,  journalist and partner of Clare Balding Alice Arnold, Coronation Street star Charlie Condou, reggae star Diana King, Paralympian Claire Harvey, X Factor finalist Jade Ellis, The Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber authors Val McDermid, Stella Duffy and many more.

Raising money for the charity Diversity Role Models and its work to stop homophobic bullying in schools.