We are looking for essays and short memoirs by gay men about growing up for an anthology to be published by Carroll & Graf / Avalon in the Fall of 2006. We’re not necessarily looking for coming out stories or “the first time I had gay sex” stories as much as essays about what it is like to be a child or an adolescent with that strange, indefinable gay sensibility. As a gay kid, how did you view the world? What shaped you, affected you, influenced you, moved you? How did other people perceive you, react to you? And how did you perceive other people, those who weren’t “special,” like you?