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Alex Sanchez


Alex Sanchez


That's me, Alex Sanchez, with my mom. I was born in Mexico City to parents of Cuban and German heritage. My family moved to the United States when I was five.

Mom claimed she never suspected I was gay. Yeah, right, Mom.

Even though Mom couldn't see it, I sensed I was different from other boys--though I couldn't identify exactly how.

In junior high words like "faggot" and "homo" began to take meaning, and my world crashed in.

High school totally hurt. I hated how I looked and who I was.

If you're in school now and having a hard time, know that you can get through it. I did, though there were times I didn't think I'd be able to.

The pressures on gay teens can be overwhelming--to keep secrets, tell lies, deny who you are, and try to be who you're not. Remember: you are special and worth being cared about, loved, and accepted just as you are. Never, ever let anyone convince you otherwise. If you need to be reminded of that, check out the Youth Links for someone to connect with.

In college I wrote my first children's book. Later I received a master's degree in Guidance and Counseling. I went on to work with youth and families in the U.S. and overseas. The story of RAINBOW BOYS came to me at a time when I was struggling with my own coming out issues. It's my first novel. I hope you like it.

Thank you. Peace, Alex

Alex Sanchez

Books by Alex Sanchez