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For  Immediate  Release       FORTHCOMING  BOOK  PUSHES  FOR  EQUALITY  THROUGH  LENS  OF  AUTHOR’S  LIFE     IF  IT’S  A  CHOICE,  MY  ZYGOTE  CHOSE  BALLS:  MAKING  SENSE  OF  SENSELESS  CONTROVERSY   AIMS  TO  SHARPEN  THE  ONGOING  DEBATE  FOR  A  BROAD  AUDIENCE  
  NEW  YORK  –  If  It’s  a  Choice,  My  Zygote  Chose  Balls:  Making  Sense  of  Senseless  Controversy  (ISBN:   0615574548),  a  book  by  Jeremy  Hooper  set  for  release  on  June   5,  2012,  blends  a  unique  mix  of  memoir  and  social  commentary   to  make  its  equal  rights  case.       Hooper  leads  readers  through  his  own  life  story,  revealing  the   positive  and  unnecessarily  encumbered  aspects  of  growing  up   gay  in  contemporary  society.  The  noted  author  and  activist   writes  in  a  sometimes  humorous,  sometimes  serious,  but  always   sharply  informed  style,  opening  a  window  into  the  realities  of   family  rejection  and  acceptance.  Whether  offering  direct   guidance  for  would-­‐be  straight  allies  or  sharing  the  inner   monologue  of  a  boy  who  knew  who  he  was  long  before  early   adulthood  would  allow  him  to  own  it,  Hooper  provides  a  wealth   of  insight  and  argument  to  push  the  equality  conversation   forward.  By  sharing  his  highly  relatable  human  journey,  Hooper   hopes  to  move  us  toward  the  shared,  highly  achievable  goal.     “From  constant  talk  about  marriage  to  the  popular  parlor  game  ‘Which  celebrity  is  gay?’  our  world  is,   in  many  ways,  obsessed  with  LGBT  topics,”  says  Hooper.  “However,  there  is  serious  neglect  in  terms  of   actually  tackling  the  issues  at  hand.  I  want  to  address  the  weighty  topics  head  on,  but  in  a  relatable   way.”     As  someone  who  spends  ten  to  twelve  daily  hours  slogging  through  the  "culture  war"  for  his   celebrated  website,  Good  As  You,  Jeremy  Hooper  knows  better  than  anyone  how  far  the  LGBT   community  still  has  to  go  in  order  to  obtain  full  equality.  At  the  same  time,  his  focused  lens  had  led   him  to  believe  that  some  of    the  usual  LGBT  activism  has  isolated  the  fight  and  stories,  leaving  much  of   the  continued  struggle  to  go  unrealized  by  the  population  at  large.  So  Hooper's  answer  is  to  present   relatable  tales  that  are  just  as  proactive  in  changing  hearts  and  minds  as  any  textbook  gay  rights   treatment,  but  doing  so  in  a  package  that  pops  with  universal  heart  and  wit.  Hooper  calls  out  the  B.S.   for  what  it  is,  while  keeping  an  equal  focus  on  uniting  folks  from  all  walks  of  life  for  the  common   causes  of  peace,  equality,  acceptance,  and,  ironically  enough–family  values.  All  of  this  while   remembering  to  keep  his  tongue  in  or  around  the  cheek  region.    

Written  to  engage  and  entertain  as  well  as  inspire  further  discussion  and  action,  the  book  is  aimed  at  a   wide  range  of  readers  interested  and  open  to  learning.     If  It’s  a  Choice,  My  Zygote  Chose  Balls:  Making  Sense  of  Senseless  Controversy  will  be  available  for   sale  at  Amazon.com,  GoodAsYou.org,  and  other  retail  (print  and  e-­‐book)  channels.       About  the  Author   Since  founding  Good  As  You  in  2005,  Jeremy  Hooper  has  garnered  a   reputation  as  a  fresh  voice  in  the  worlds  of  Internet  publishing  and   activism.  With  a  background  geared  both  towards  entertainment  and   advocacy,  he  approaches  LGBT  issues  with  a  showman’s  spirit,  pointing   out  perceived  wrongdoings  and  follies  with  the  clever  exuberance  of  a   seasoned  jester.  Both  Hooper  and  his  website  have  been  profiled  in  the   gay  and  lesbian  newsmagazine  The  Advocate,  featured  on  the  PBS   program  In  the  Life,  on  the  Logo  network,  on  Sirius  radio,  and  across   every  corner  of  the  web.  As  a  sought-­‐after  consultant,  strategist,  and   speaker,  he  has  worked  with  leading  national  organizations  like  the   Human  Rights  Campaign  and  GLAAD.  Originally  from  Nashville,  TN,  the   author  now  lives  on  the  West  Side  of  Manhattan  with  his  husband,  Andrew,  and  the  couple’s   unbelievably  adorable  dog,  Bosley.     About  Good  As  You   Since  its  inception,  Good  As  You  has  worked  off  the  guiding   statement:  “Our  tone  is  light,  but  our  message  is  firm:  We  will   not  sit  back  and  be  led  to  a  society  that  favors  discrimination   over  diversity.”    As  the  years  have  passed  and  the  fight  has  changed,  the  focus  has  never   wavered.    The  website  blends  a  unique  mix  of  opposition  research,  pointed  commentary,  and   sharp  snark  to  put  forward  a  powerfully  proactive  product.    Always  directing  pushback  towards   challenging  the  alienating  message  rather  than  denigrating  the  misguided  messenger,  Good  As   You  has  managed  to  build  bridges  without  forfeiting  an  inch  of  its  foundational  spine.    The  G-­‐A-­‐ Y  brand,  both  on  site  and  in  varied  outreach  efforts,  has  proven  itself  to  be  a  refreshing   rainmaker  in  this  21st    century  civil  rights  conversation.     This  book  marks  Good  As  You’s  first  foray  into  longform  publication.     MEDIA  CONTACT:     E-­‐mail:     press@goodasyou.org                 Web:     www.goodasyou.org       REVIEW  COPIES  AND  INTERVIEWS  AVAILABLE     ###