How to Be Your Authentic Self
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- Publication Date: October 6, 2020
- Imprint: Amulet Books
- Trim Size: 7 x 9
- ISBN: 978-1-4197-3994-1
- Page Count: 224
- Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout
- Rights: North America
Miles McKenna is a queer and trans activist. He transitioned online in front of a million people. This is his survival guide.
When Miles came out on his YouTube channel in 2015—then transitioned online in 2017—his aim was to help other teens navigate their identities and take charge of their own coming-out stories. From that experience comes Out!, the ultimate coming-out survival guide for anyone questioning or queer.
Out! covers questions big and small: How to stay safe when coming out in a toxic environment, what to do if you don’t feel comfortable with your birth name, what style haircut best suits your identity, and how to find your chosen family. Miles offers readers coming-out conversation starters (“Can I have the bathroom pass? Also, the correct pronouns?”), a recipe for a very gay cake, and a guide to mastering the masculine haircut. You’ll find resources for finding a gender therapist, pointers for being a queer ally, and Miles’s Ten Commandments (#5: You are valid in your identity, even if you’re the only one who can define it).
If you’re a person seeking answers, look no further! This book is for you. And remember: Whoever you are, you are worth fighting for.
**STARRED REVIEW** "Any teen with questions about gender identity and/or sexuality will find heart, humor, and essential guidance in McKenna's book, and so will the adults looking to support them. An indispensable first purchase." —School Library Journal
"Energetic and lovingly written memoir...McKenna acknowledges the weight of coming out and reminds readers that he's only an expert at being himself, urging readers to likewise live authentically." —Booklist
"This coming-out guide for the next generation hits all the right notes... The pictures tell the best story of all: that of a young man who's comfortable in his own skin.A worthy read for teens, tweens, and their parents." —Kirkus Reviews
About the author
Miles McKenna is an actor and social media icon known for his comedic voice and LGBTQ+ advice and activism. He was recently awarded the Shorty Award for Best LGBTQ+ Account of 2017, headlined two nationwide tours that covered a total of 35 shows, and has creatively collaborated with companies like Google, HBO, ATT, and Lyft. Find out more on his YouTube channel, MilesChronicles, or on Instagram at @themilesmckenna.