Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay hits bookstores this week
You may know North Quincy’s Paul Vitagliano as Paul V., DJ extrondiare from the 1980’s, where he filled dance floors at Celebration, Spinoff (yes, Boston had a roller-rink on Lansdowne Street), Man Ray, Spit, and Axis.
Paul V. also interned at the late WBCN, and worked on-air at WFNX, where he named the groundbreaking LGBT talk radio show One in Ten.
He headed to the West Coast where he’s been busy working his magic at record labels and dance clubs, but he’s in the news now because his groundbreaking blog Born This Way, has just been release as a book.
The book is a collection of 100 childhood photos with first-person stories about the struggle the success of being gay.
Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay hits bookstores nationwide today, featuring 100 heartfelt, homegrown photos of some of today's most notable LGBT faces. The new book, authored by DJ and blogger Paul Vitagliano, and published by Quirk Books, features adorable, often campy childhood photographs of people who today are proud members of the LGBT community. The photos are accompanied by first-person stories, which speak to anyone who has struggled with feeling different, coming out, and discovering what it takes to reach a day when it gets better.
"I wanted the larger message to be: I faced the same adversity you do today, and I ended up as a happy, loved and proud gay adult," said Vitagliano. "I omitted particularly brutal memories simply because I wanted this book to be appropriate reading material for kids as well as adults."