The God Box, Rainbow Boys, and other novels
about love and friendship - for teens and adults
Alex Sanchez


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Who is Alex?

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 Resources 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 was my first novel.

Since then, I've been writing about a book per year. I hope you read and like all of them.

Thank you. Peace, Alex

Photo by Bill Hitz
To see Alex speaking
at the Tomas Rivera Award,
click here
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To inquire about my availability for school and college visits, conferences, and readings, please email me:
Alex [at] AlexSanchez [dot] com

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