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Always My Child: a Parent’s Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans-Gendered or Questioning Son or Daughter. Kevin Jennings, $26.99

Parents whose children are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or who are going through a "questioning phase" are often in the dark about what their children face every day. As a result, offering support that will comfort and fortify them feels like solving a puzzle with missing pieces. In Always My Child, Kevin Jennings supplies the missing pieces by guiding parents through the world their child inhabits. He explains what these teens often encounter and offers solutions for parents who want to better understand their LGBTQ children and learn how to protect their self-esteem. He offers advice, including how to:

  • Initiate constructive communication with their child
  • Respond effectively to frequently asked questions
  • Recognize depression and signs of drug abuse and harassment
  • Successfully advocate for their child's well-being outside the home

Always My Child makes it possible for parents to create the kind of relationship with their children that allows them to grow into emotionally healthy adults.


Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence. Marion Dane Bauer, $9.99 (14 and up)

Original stories by C. S. Adler, Marion Dane Bauer, Francesca Lia Block, Bruce Coville, Nancy Garden, James Cross Giblin, Ellen Howard, M. E. Kerr, Jonathan London, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Lesléa Newman, Cristina Salat, William Sleator, Jacqueline Woodson, and Jane Yolen. Each of these stories is original, each is by a noted author for young adults, and each honestly portrays its subject and theme — growing up gay or lesbian, or with gay or lesbian parents or friends.


Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay. Paul Vitagliano, $16.95

Based on the hugely popular blog of the same name, BORN THIS WAY shares more than 100 different memories of growing up LGBTQ. Childhood photographs are accompanied by sweet, funny, and at times heartbreaking personal stories. This intimate little hardcover is a wonderful gift for all members of the LGBTQ community as well as their friends and families.

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Boyfriends with Girlfriends. Alex Sanchez, $19.99 (novel, ages 14 & up)

Lance has always known he was gay, but he's never had a real boyfriend. Sergio is bisexual, but his only real relationship was with a girl. When the two of them meet, they have an instant connection — but will it be enough to overcome their differences? Allie's been in a relationship with a guy for the last two years — but when she meets Kimiko, she can't get her out of her mind. Does this mean she's gay? Does it mean she's bi? Kimiko, falling hard for Allie, and finding it impossible to believe that a gorgeous girl like Allie would be into her, is willing to stick around and help Allie figure it out.

Boyfriends with Girlfriends is Alex Sanchez at his best, writing with a sensitive hand to portray four very real teens striving to find their places in the world — and with each other.


Coming Around: Parenting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Kids. Anne Dohrenwend, $18.50

COMING AROUND is an insightful and uplifting resource for understanding and coming to terms with a child’s sexual orientation and maintaining a dialogue between parent and child. With compassion and wisdom, Dohrenwend addresses parents' fears regarding what to say and what not to say, bigotry and social and religious prejudice, the legal issues facing LGBT individuals and how to understand homophobia. Most important, she shares how to communicate that, whatever happens with a child's sexual or gender orientation, parents will never withdraw their love.

Coming out is a vulnerable time. Its announcement requires the re-exploration of a parent's personal feelings on homosexuality. Respecting your teen or adult child’s decisions isn’t always easy, particularly if you fear his or her decisions will cost friends, ambitions, acceptance and respect. 


Dead Boys Can't Dance: Sexual Orientation, Masculinity and Suicide. Michel Dorais & Simon Lajeunesse, $19.95

This provocative, groundbreaking study looks at the tragic consequences of homophobia. Recognizing the link between the stigmatization of homosexuality and the high level of suicide attempts by youths who are homosexual or are perceived as such by their peers, authors Dorais and Lajeunesse prove that homophobia is a serious social problem. Their call for preventative measures, social education and recognition of the prevalence of the problem is urgent and clear.

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A Family Outing: a Memoir. Ruby Remenda Swanson, $24.00

Ruby Swanson’s life changed when her sixteen-year-old son walked to her office, closed the door, and with his hand still on the doorknob said, “I’m gay.” Despite her initial reaction of shock, fear, and denial, Ruby became a public advocate for equality and acceptance of the LGBT community. A Family Outing is the story of Ruby’s experiences. She addresses the deeply homophobic time in which baby boomers grew up, the emergence of the gay rights movement, and how the AIDS epidemic transformed the LGBT landscape.

A Family Outing is a memoir about discovering gay great-uncles and learning about their lives. It is about operating spotlights at a drag queen show, and about marching in Pride Parades. It is about the discrimination that gay people continue to face today and what emerges from the direct, clear-eyed prose. Finally, it is the picture of a woman who endured taunts from religious fundamentalists and political protestors to become an LGBT advocate.


Family Pride: What LGBT Families Should Know about Navigating Home, School, and Safety in Their Neighborhoods. Michael Shelton, $19.00

FAMILY PRIDE is the first book for queer parents, their families, and allies that emphasizes community safety. While the national focus remains on the mistreatment of LGBT people in schools, the reality is that LGBT families also face hostility in various settings-professional, recreational, and social. Drawing on his years as a dedicated community activist and on the experiences of LGBT parents, Michael Shelton offers concrete strategies that LGBT families can use to intervene in and resolve difficult community issues, teach their children resiliency skills, and find safe and respectful programs for them. 


The Full Spectrum: a New Generation of Writing about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities. David Levithan & Billy Merrell, editors, $12.99

Teens are more aware of sexuality and identity than ever, and they’re looking for answers and insights, as well as a community of others. In order to help create that community, David Levithan and Billy Merrell have collected original poems, essays, and stories by young adults in their teens and early 20s. The Full Spectrum includes a variety of writers — gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight, transitioning, and questioning—on a variety of subjects: coming out, family, friendship, religion/faith, first kisses, break-ups, and many others. This one of a kind collection will, perhaps, help all readers see themselves and the world around them in ways they might never have imagined.


Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: the Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights.  Jerome Pohlen, $21.95

Given today's news, it would be easy to get the impression that the campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality is a recent development, but it is only the final act in a struggle that started more than a century ago. The history is told through personal stories and firsthand accounts of the movement's key events, like the 1950s "Lavender Scare," the Stonewall Inn uprising, and the AIDS crisis. This up-to-date history includes the landmark Supreme Court decision making marriage equality the law of the land. Twenty-one activities enliven the history and demonstrate the spirited ways the LGBT community has pushed for positive social change. 

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Gay Marriage, Real Life: Ten Stories of Love and Family. Michelle Bates Deakin, $19.99

This intimate account of ten same-sex couples brings to life how the decision to marry has affected them and their extended families. These personal journeys present a range of experiences, from a mother who became a gay rights activist when her youngest child came out as a lesbian, to a girl whose realization that her fathers were not married spurred the men to join the gay marriage lawsuit in Massachusetts, to a lesbian couple and devoted mothers of twins who fight for same-sex adoption rights in Oklahoma. Deakin chronicles both their private strides toward acceptance and their public struggles to advance gay rights.


Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children. Diane Ehrensaft, $20.95

GENDER BORN, GENDER MADE is a comprehensive guidebook for the parents and therapists of children who do not identify with or behave according to their biological gender. Drawing on the case histories of several children, each "gender creative" in his or her own way, Dr. Diane Ehrensaft offers concrete strategies for understanding and supporting children who experience confusion about their gender identities. She also discusses the latest therapeutic advancements available to gender-variant children.

Traditionally, psychologists have sought to "cure" gender variance by pressuring children to conform to typical gender behavior. From her perspective as both clinician and parent of a gender creative child, Dr. Ehrensaft advocates a new approach, encouraging caregivers to support gender-variant children as they explore their gender identities. Rather than offering a "cure" for gender variance, GENDER BORN, GENDER MADE facilitates improved understanding and communication about gender identity.


The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Love Outside Gender Boxes. Diane Ehrensaft, $23.95

In her groundbreaking first book, Gender Born, Gender Made, Dr. Diane Ehrensaft coined the term gender creative to describe children whose unique gender expression or sense of identity is not defined by a checkbox on their birth certificate. Now, with The Gender Creative Child, she returns to guide parents and professionals through the rapidly changing cultural, medical, and legal landscape of gender and identity.

In this up-to-date, comprehensive resource, Dr. Ehrensaft explains the interconnected effects of biology, nurture, and culture to explore why gender can be fluid, rather than binary. As an advocate for the gender affirmative model and with the expertise she has gained over three decades of pioneering work with children and families, she encourages caregivers to listen to each child, learn their particular needs, and support their quest for a true gender self. The Gender Creative Child unlocks the door to a gender-expansive world, revealing pathways for positive change in our schools, our communities, and the world.

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The Gender Quest Workbook: a Guide for Teens & Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity. Rylan Jay Testa, Deborah Coolhart, Jayme Peta, $22.95

This one-of-a-kind, comprehensive workbook will help you navigate your gender identity and expression at home, in school, and with peers. If you are a transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) teen, you may experience unique challenges with identity and interpersonal relationships. In addition to experiencing common teen challenges such as body changes and peer pressure, you may be wondering how to express your unique identity to others. The Gender Quest Workbook incorporates skills, exercises, and activities from evidence-based therapies — such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) — to help you address the broad range of struggles you may encounter related to gender identity, such as anxiety, isolation, fear, and even depression.

Despite outdated beliefs, gender no longer implies being simply male or female, but rather a whole spectrum of possibilities. This fun, engaging workbook is designed specifically for teens like you who want to explore the concept of gender and gender identity and expression — whether you already identify as TGNC or are simply questioning your gender identity. The activities in this book will help you explore your identity internally, interpersonally, and culturally. And along the way, you’ll learn how to effectively express yourself and make informed decisions on how to navigate your gender with family, friends, classmates, and coworkers. The book also includes chapters on sex and dating, balancing multiple identities, and how to deal with stressful challenges when they arise.

The Gender Quest Workbook also features a brief downloadable guide for clinicians that explains ways professionals can better serve gender-expansive youth. The guide will address ways to help youth working with gender identity build resilience against gender minority stress, among other topics.


Get That Freak: Homophobia and Transphobia in High Schools.  Rebecca Haskell & Brian Burtch, $21.00

Bullying in schools has garnered significant attention recently, but despite this, little has been said about the occurrence of homophobic and transphobic bullying in Canadian high schools. GET THAT FREAK fills that gap by exploring the experiences of bullying among youth who identify or are identified as queer. Through interviews with recent high school graduates in British Columbia, Haskell and Burtch share stories of physical, verbal and emotional harassment, and offer important insights into the negative outcomes that result from the experience of being bullied. Challenging the familiar image of these youth as helpless victims, this book also recognizes positive outcomes: moments of resistance, friendship and inner strength. Finally, the authors make recommendations for challenging homophobic and transphobic bullying in high schools and supporting students who experience this form of harassment.


GLBTQ: the Survival Guide for Queer & Questioning Teens. Kelly Huegel, $21.50

First published in 2003, GLBTQ quickly became the indispensable resource for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning teens (often referred to as LGBT or GLBTQ). This fully revised and updated edition retains all of the straightforward information and practical advice of the original edition while providing a contemporary look at society and its growing acceptance of homosexuality and transgender people. Included are updates on efforts to promote equality regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, the current status of initiatives concerning safe schools, gay marriage, workplace equality, and transgender expression, and more. Resources point the way to books and websites with more information, and GLBTQ teens (and allies) who have been there share stories of personal experiences.

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Growing Into Resilience: Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Canada. André Grace, with Kristopher Wells, $34.95

Despite recent progress in civil rights for sexual and gender minorities (SGM), ensuring SGM youth experience fairness, justice, inclusion, safety, and security in their schools and communities remains an ongoing challenge. In Growing into Resilience, André Grace and Kristopher Wells — co-founders of Camp fYrefly, a summer leadership camp for SGM youth — investigate how teachers, healthcare workers, and other professionals can help SGM youth build the human and material assets that will empower them to be happy, healthy, and resilient.

Grace and Wells investigate the comprehensive (physical, mental, and sexual) health of SGM youth, emphasizing the role of caring professionals in an approach that that recognizes and accommodates SGM youth. Throughout, the authors draw upon the personal narratives of SGM youth, emphasizing how research, policy, and practice must act together for them to be able to thrive and fulfill their promise.

Both a resource for those professionally engaged in work with sexual and gender minorities and a comprehensive text for use in courses on working with vulnerable youth populations, Growing into Resilience is a timely and trans-disciplinary book.


Homophobia: Deal with It and Turn Prejudice Into Pride. Steven Solomon & Nick Johnson, $12.95 http://www.parentbooks.ca/images/tiny%20maple%20leaf.JPG

The Deal with It Series helps adolescents cope with conflicts in everyday life and aims to promote peaceful homes, schools and communities. This book will help you deal with homophobia — whether you’re the target, the homophobe, or the witness.


Is It a Choice? Answers to 300 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gays and Lesbians, 3rd Edition. Eric Marcus, $18.50

The answers to all the questions you've ever had about homosexuality but were afraid to ask are finally in one book. Eric Marcus provides insightful, no-nonsense answers to hundreds of the most commonly asked questions about homosexuality. Offering frank insight on everything you've always wanted-and needed-to know about same-gender relationships, coming out, family roles, politics, and much more.

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It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living. Edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller, $16.00

After a number of tragic suicides by LGBT students who were bullied in school, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage uploaded a video to YouTube with his partner Terry Miller to inspire hope for LGBT youth facing harassment. Speaking openly about the bullying they suffered as teenagers, and how they both went on to lead rewarding adult lives, their video launched the It Gets Better Project YouTube channel and initiated a worldwide phenomenon. With over 6,000 videos posted and over 20 million views in the first three months alone, the world has embraced the opportunity to provide personal, honest and heartfelt support for LGBT youth everywhere.

It Gets Better is a collection of expanded essays and new material from celebrities, everyday people and teens who have posted videos of encouragement, as well as new contributors who have yet to post videos to the site. While many of these teens couldn't see a positive future for themselves, we can. We can show LGBT youth the levels of happiness, potential and positivity their lives will reach if they can just get through their teen years. By sharing these stories, It Gets Better reminds teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.


King & King. Linda de Haan & Stern Nijland, $17.95

The queen decrees that it's time for the prince to marry and the search is on! Princesses come from far and wide hoping to catch his eye. Will the prince be charmed... or will he simply follow his heart?


Let’s Get This Straight: the Ultimate Handbook for Youth with LGBTQ Parents. Tina Fakhrid-Deen, $23.50

Let’s Get This Straight reaches out to young people with one or more gay, lesbian, bi, or trans parents to provide them with the tools to combat homophobia, take pride in their alternative family structures, and speak out against injustice. This short but thorough book profiles forty-five diverse youth and young adults, all of whom voice their opinions and provide advice for other youth living in LGBTQ households.

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Love, Ellen: a Mother/Daughter Journey. Betty DeGeneres, $18.50

In LOVE, ELLEN, Betty DeGeneres tells about the complicated path to acceptance and the deepening of her friendship with her daughter; the media's scrutiny of their family life; the painful and often inspiring stories she's heard on the road as the first non-gay spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign’s National Coming Out Project.

With a mother's love, clear minded common sense, and hard won wisdom, Betty DeGeneres offers up her own very personal memoir to help parents understand their gay children, and to help sons and daughters who have been rejected by their families feel less alone.


The Misfits. James Howe, $9.99 (novel, ages 10-14)

"Sticks and stones

may break our bones,

but names

will break our spirit..."


Mother-Talk: Conversations with Mothers of Lesbian Daughters and FTM Transgender Children. Sarah Pearlman, $24.95

MOTHER-TALK is a collection of stories by 24 mothers — twelve who found out a daughter was a lesbian, and twelve who learned that a child, once a biological female, was planning to transition to male. The book captures the complexity of coming to terms with the loss of a daughter who changed sex or an anticipated relationship with a daughter who leads a different life. This groundbreaking book will help mothers as well as lesbian daughters and FTM transgender children to understand their relationships, and underpin the determination to remain connected.

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My Child Is Gay: How Parents React When They Hear the News. Bryce McDougall, $23.95

A collection of parents' honest and revealing responses to the news their child is gay, My Child is Gay is a compilation of letters written by parents. The letters have been written to be shared — both to help parents come to term with their feelings, and for gay men and women who are contemplating sharing the truth. Together these letters reaffirm the regenerative power of love and allow those with first hand experience to outline the important steps on the road to understanding.


My New Gender Workbook: a Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity, 2nd Edition. Kate Bornstein, $59.95

Cultural theorists have written loads of smart but difficult-to-fathom texts on gender theory, but most fail to provide a hands-on, accessible guide for those trying to sort out their own sexual identities. In My New Gender Workbook, transgender activist Kate Bornstein brings theory down to Earth and provides a practical approach to living with or without a gender.

Bornstein starts from the premise that there are not just two genders performed in today's world, but countless genders lumped under the two-gender framework. Using a unique, deceptively simple and always entertaining workbook format, complete with quizzes, exercises, and puzzles, Bornstein gently but firmly guides readers toward discovering their own unique gender identity.

Since its first publication in 1997, this book has been challenging, encouraging, questioning, and helping those trying to figure out how to become a "real man," a "real woman," or "something else entirely." In this exciting new edition of her classic text, Bornstein re-examines gender in light of issues like race, class, sexuality, and language. With new quizzes, new puzzles, new exercises, and plenty of Kate's playful and provocative style, My New Gender Workbook promises to help a new generation create their own unique place on the gender spectrum.


Oddly Normal: One Family’s Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality. John Schwartz, $17.00

A heartfelt memoir by the father of a gay teen, and an eye-opening story for families who hope to bring up well-adjusted gay adults.

Three years ago, John Schwartz, a national correspondent at The New York Times, got the call that every parent hopes never to receive: his thirteen-year-old son, Joe, was in the hospital following a failed suicide attempt. After mustering the courage to come out to his classmates, Joe’s disclosure — delivered in a tirade about homophobic attitudes — was greeted with dismay and confusion by his fellow students. Hours later, he took an overdose of pills. ODDLY NORMAL is Schwartz’s very personal attempt to address his family’s struggles within a culture that is changing fast, but not fast enough to help gay kids like Joe.

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One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak Out about What's Gotten Better... and What Hasn't. Edited by Kevin Jennings, $20.00

For more than twenty years, the One Teacher in Ten series has served as an invaluable source of strength and inspiration for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender educators. This all-new edition brings together stories from across America — and around the world — resulting in a rich tapestry of varied experiences. From a teacher who feels he must remain closeted in the comparative safety of New York City public schools to teachers who are out in places as far afield as South Africa and China, the teachers and school administrators in One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium prove that LGBT educators are as diverse and complex as humanity itself.

Voices largely absent from the first two editions — including transgender people, people of color, teachers working in rural districts, and educators from outside the United States — feature prominently in this new collection, providing a fuller and deeper understanding of the triumphs and challenges of being an LGBT teacher today.


The Other Side of the Closet: the Coming-Out Crisis for Straight Spouses and Families. Amity Pierce Buxton, $24.95

This candid, compassionate book is a unique source of information, insight, and moving personal narratives. Amity Pierce Buxton looks at homophobia, deception, family breakdown and the practical coping strategies which can help the family journey from initial trauma to eventual transformation.


Outing Yourself: How to Come Out as Lesbian or Gay to Your Family, Friends and Co-workers. Michelangelo Signorile, $18.99 (14 and up)

No matter how much you prepare, coming out as gay or lesbian is a difficult, emotional process — a process that will continue long after the words are spoken and the secret is out. There's no magic formula, but Outing Yourself by Michelangelo Signorile offers structure, guidance, and straightforward advice to all those:

  • who are struggling with their sexuality and unsure of what to do
  • who have accepted that they are gay but are still afraid to come out
  • who consider themselves out of the closet but realize they have farther to go

Signorile's 14-step program (complete with exercises, meditation notes, and anger checks, as well as the accounts of the coming-out experiences of other lesbians and gay men) shows how you can successfully handle this life-changing, life-renewing process.

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A Positive View of LGBTQ: Embracing Identity and Cultivating Well-Being. Ellen Riggle & Sharon Rostosky, $25.95

A Positive View of LGBTQ starts a new conversation about the strengths and benefits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGTBQ) identities. Positive LGBTQ identities are affirmed through inspiring firsthand accounts. Focusing on how LGTBQ-identified individuals can cultivate a sense of well-being and a personal identity that allows them to flourish in all areas of life, the authors explore a variety of themes. Through personal stories from people with a variety of backgrounds and gender and sexual identities, readers will learn more about expressing gender and sexuality; creating strong and intimate relationships; exploring unique perspectives on empathy, compassion, and social justice; belonging to communities and acting as role models and mentors; and, enjoying the benefits of living an authentic life. Providing exercises in each chapter, the book offers those who identify as LGBTQ and those who support and love them, as well as those seeking to better understand them, an opportunity to explore and appreciate these identities.


PRIDE: Celebrating Diversity & Community. Robin Stevenson, $24.95 (ages 9-13)

For LGBTQ people and their supporters, Pride events are an opportunity to honor the past, protest injustice, and celebrate a diverse and vibrant community. The high point of Pride, the Pride Parade, is spectacular and colorful. But there is a whole lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. How did Pride come to be? And what does Pride mean to the people who celebrate it?


The Princes and the Treasure. Jeffrey Miles, illustrated by J.L. Phillips, $29.95

In the magical kingdom of Evergreen, beautiful Princess Elena is suddenly whisked away by an old woman. Undefeated champion Gallant and shy bookworm Earnest go on a quest to find "the greatest treasure in the land" so one of them can save and marry the princess. Along the way, Earnest and Gallant realize "the greatest treasure in the land" is not what they expected.

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Queer Monologues: Stories of LBGT Youth. For the Love of Learning, $9.95

Queer Monologues offers queer youth a safe, creative outlet to share their concerns, hopes, and personal stories with the community-at-large. If an individual is unable to be themselves, the consequences can be emotional, physical, and mental harm. When feelings are shared within a supportive group and are received non-judgmentally, self-esteem is enhanced, leading to a healthier way of relating to others, oneself, and the community as a whole.

For The Love Of Learning is an arts-based charitable organization serving youth between the ages of 15-30, who are working to successfully overcome social and/or economic obstacles. FTLOL works at street level to engage youth and incorporate their needs.


QUEER: the Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens.  Kathy Belge & Marke Bieschke, $19.99

Written especially for LGBT teens, QUEER takes you on an awesome and enlightening journey through the sometimes scary, sometimes silly, and always fabulous world that is queer life. QUEER includes advice on:

  • coming out to friends and family
  • navigating your social and dating life
  • dealing with queerphobia
  • standing up for your rights
  • learning about safe sex
  • and more!

QUEER also includes personal stories from the authors, as well as facts about landmark events in queer history. Sassy, engaging, and honest, Queer is a must-have for all teens who think they might be queer — or know someone who is.


Queer Questions Straight Talk: 108 frank & provocative questions it’s OK to ask your lesbian, gay or bisexual loved one. Abby Dees, $18.95

Queer Questions Straight Talk is a permission slip to go ahead and ask those questions that seldom get asked and help you get beyond awkward silence and into real communication. The book includes questions about identity, coming out, stereotypes, marriage & relationships, homophobia & politics, religion & spirituality, sex and more. Queer Questions Straight Talk is fun, cheeky, deep and wise. It’s not about getting everyone to agree, but simply understand each other a little more.

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Queer Voices from the Classroom. Hidehiro Endo & Paul Chamness Miller, Editors, $63.50

QUEER VOICES FROM THE CLASSROOM is a collection of memoirs or short narrative essays in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer PK-12 teachers and/or administrators (either “out” or “not out”) recount their personal experiences as a queer teachers. The authors of these stores write about significant experiences that describe how their sexual identity has shaped who they are today as teachers/administrators, by answering the following questions:

  • In light of your sexual identity, how did you become who you are today?
  • Why did you decide to become a teacher? What role did your sexual identity play in that decision?
  • What kinds of significant moments, including queer issues (e.g., bullying) regarding students and/or yourself, have you experience in your teaching?
  • In light of who you are as an individual, what do you hope to achieve and become as a queer teacher in the future?

S.E.X. The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties, 2nd Edition. Heather Corinna, $23.50

Whatever your gender or sexual identity, whether you've already been actively exploring your sexuality or are only just getting curious, S.E.X. clearly spells out what you need and want to know — no shame, no judgement, just comprehensive and accurate info in a clear, straightforward language.

As a teen or emerging adult, dealing with all the changes going on in your life, body, and mind can be mighty overwhelming. When it comes to sex, everyone seems to have strong feelings and opinions about who you should be and what you should (shouldn't) do. How do you decide who to listen to? Heather Corinna and Scarleteen have provided sex education and information to millions of young people, parents, and mentors since 1998; S.E.X. tackles all the big topics:

  • Sorting out gender and sexual identities, even when they're complicated and confusing
  • Self-image and how to find and claim your own sexual self
  • How to best protect and support your sexual and emotional health
  • The latest on sexually transmitted infections, and safer sex
  • Finding, creating, and managing healthy and happy relationships
  • How to set and respect limits and boundaries, and rock consent
  • Identifying, preventing, or healing from abuse or assault
  • ...and much more

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Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus. Rachelle Lee Smith, $17.99

Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus is a photographic essay that explores a wide spectrum of experiences told from the perspective of a diverse group of young people, ages fourteen to twenty-four, identifying as queer (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning). Portraits are presented without judgment or stereotype by eliminating environmental influence with a stark white backdrop. This backdrop acts as a blank canvas, where each subject’s personal thoughts are handwritten onto the final photographic print. With more than sixty-five portraits photographed over a period of ten years, Speaking OUT provides rare insight into the passions, confusions, prejudices, joys, and sorrows felt by queer youth.


Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights. Ann Bausum, $19.99

In 1969 being gay in the United States was a criminal offense. It meant living a closeted life or surviving on the fringes of society. People went to jail, lost jobs, and were disowned by their families for being gay. Most doctors considered homosexuality a mental illness. There were few safe havens. The Stonewall Inn, a Mafia-run, filthy, overpriced bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village was one of them.

Police raids on gay bars happened regularly in this era. But one hot June night, when cops pounded on the door of the Stonewall, almost nothing went as planned. Tension was high, the crowd refused to go away. Anger and frustration boiled over.

The raid became a riot.

                The riot became a catalyst.

                                The catalyst triggered an explosive demand for gay rights.

Ann Bausum's riveting exploration of the Stonewall riots and the national gay rights movement that followed is eye-opening, unflinching, and inspiring.


This Book is Gay. James Dawson, $15.50

A funny and pertinent book about being lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer, transgender or just curious — for everybody, no matter their gender or sexuality. Former PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author James Dawson gives an uncensored look at what it's like to grow up as LGBT. Including testimonials from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, this frank, funny, fully inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know — from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more. Spike Gerrell's hilarious illustrations combined with funny and factual text make this a must-read.

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This Day in June. Gayle Pitman, $14.50

In a wildly whimsical, validating, and exuberant reflection of the LGBT community, This Day In June welcomes readers to experience a pride celebration and share in a day when we are all united.

Also included is a Reading Guide chock-full of facts about LGBT history and culture, as well as a Note to Parents and Caregivers with information on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity in age-appropriate ways.

This Day In June is an excellent tool for teaching respect, acceptance, and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.


This High School Has Closets. Robert Joseph Greene, $9.95 (novel, ages 14 +)

High school is a challenge for all teens. For Mark Thomas, falling in love, and dealing with becoming an adult, made his senior year of high school both difficult and exhilarating. THIS HIGH SCHOOL HAS CLOSETS is a story of two young teenagers falling in love during a difficult senior year.


This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: a Question & Answer Guide to Everyday Life. Danielle Owens-Reid & Kristin Russo, $26.95

Written in an accessible Q&A format, here, finally, is the go-to resource for parents hoping to understand and communicate with their gay child. Through their LGBTQ-oriented site, the authors are uniquely experienced to answer parents' many questions and share insight and guidance on both emotional and practical topics. Filled with real-life experiences from gay kids and parents, this is the book gay kids want their parents to read.

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Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: a Resource for the Transgender Community. Edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth, $51.95

There is no one way to be transgender. Transgender and gender non-conforming people have many different ways of understanding their gender identities. Only recently have sex and gender been thought of as separate concepts, and we have learned that sex (traditionally thought of as physical or biological) is as variable as gender (traditionally thought of as social). While trans people share many common experiences, there is immense diversity within trans communities. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a revolutionary resource — a comprehensive, reader-friendly guide for transgender people, with each chapter written by transgender or genderqueer authors.

Inspired by Our Bodies, Ourselves, the classic and powerful compendium written for and by women, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is widely accessible to the transgender population, providing authoritative information in an inclusive and respectful way and representing the collective knowledge base of dozens of influential experts. Each chapter takes the reader through an important transgender issue, such as race, religion, employment, medical and surgical transition, mental health topics, relationships, sexuality, parenthood, arts and culture, and many more. Anonymous quotes and testimonials from transgender people who have been surveyed about their experiences are woven throughout, adding compelling, personal voices to every page. In this unique way, hundreds of viewpoints from throughout the community have united to create this strong and pioneering book. It is a welcoming place for transgender and gender-questioning people, their partners and families, students, professors, guidance counselors, and others to look for up-to-date information on transgender life.


Transfixed: a Love Story That Defies All Conventions. A Film by Alon Kol, $27.00 (DVD, 74 minutes)

As a society, we pride ourselves on respect for diversity and equality, but sometimes there are people who cross our paths who require a more complex kind of understanding. What happens when two people are so unique, so different, that they break every possible convention?

Transfixed is a documentary that tells the story of a highly unconventional romance. Martine Stonehouse and John Gelman are engaged, and are both living with Asperger Syndrome. Martine is a transsexual who is preparing for the surgery that will change her into the woman she has always believed herself to be. Martine's main motivation is her quest to marry John, who identifies "straight" and promises to end their relationship unless she "gets a vagina."

Before John and Martine can fulfill their dream of living as husband and wife, they will have to overcome Martine's battle to lose weight, John's stubborn-mindedness, a series of medical complications, financial woes, and a stressful race to pull off the ultimate wedding — one that simultaneously celebrates and smashes down romantic conventions, and one that is as unique and compelling as they are. At its core, Transfixedmakes us ask: What is love? What is a relationship? Martine and John's love may not be our ideal picture of romantic love, but somehow they make it work. They're one step beyond post-post modern — a quirky mixture of conservative dreams, liberal politics, and their own fearless and charming idiosyncrasies.

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Transgender Lives: Complex Stories, Complex Voices. Kristin Cronn-Mills, $41.50

Meet Katie, Hayden, Dean, Brooke, David, Julia, and Natasha. Each is transgender, and in this book, they share their personal stories. Through their narratives, you'll get to know and love each person for their humor, intelligence, perseverance, and passion. You'll learn how they each came to better understand, accept, and express their gender identities, and you'll follow them through the sorrows and successes of their personal journeys. Transgender Lives helps you understand what it means to be transgender in America while learning more about transgender history, the broad spectrum of transgender identities, and the transition process. You'll explore the challenges transgender Americans face, including discrimination, prejudice, bullying and violence, unequal access to medical care, and limited legal protections. For transgender readers, these stories offer support and encouragement. Transgender Lives is a space for trans voices to be heard and to express the complexities of gender while focusing on what it means to be human.


Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children.  Edited by Rachel Pepper, $24.95

TRANSITIONS OF THE HEART is the first collection to invite mothers of transgender and gender variant children to tell their own stories. Often "transitioning" socially and emotionally alongside their children, parents have their own parallel process to work through, and few resources to depend on. Editor Rachel Pepper has gathered voices of women from all walks of life, with children ranging in age from six to sixty, to share their experiences. These mothers have learned how to advocate for their children and themselves. By speaking out here, they are blazing a brave trail for others to follow.


Transphobia — Deal With It. J. Wallace Skelton, illustrated by Nick Johnson, $24.95 (ages 9-13)

Transphobia is intolerance of any part of the range of gender identity. This accessible, illustrated book offers information, quizzes, comics and true-to-life scenarios to help kids better understand gender identity and determine what they can do to identify and counter transphobia in their schools, homes and communities. Considered from the viewpoint of gender explorers, gender enforcers and witnesses, transphobic behaviour is identified, examined and put into a context that kids can use to understand and accept themselves and others for whatever gender they are — even if that's no gender at all!

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Unconditional: a Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child. Telaina Eriksen, $25.50

Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child provides parents of a LGBTQ child with a framework for helping their child navigate through a world that isn’t always welcoming. Author Telaina Eriksen, a professor at Michigan State University and the mother of a gay daughter, explains how to:

  • deal with gay children coming out
  • confront bullying of gay children
  • become an advocate for gay children
  • build a support system in a gay family

Eriksen also covers the science on gender and sexuality and how to help a transgender child through the various stages of development. Throughout the book parents and kids who have been there, share their stories.


Undoing Homophobia in Primary Schools. The No Outsiders Project Team, $30.95

This book is a celebration of recognition, affirmation and inclusion. Primary teachers tell the story of how they have challenged the taken-for-granted norms and silences in primary schools around sexual orientation and gender expression. These norms and silences have left lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families marginalized, unrepresented and subject to multiple discrimination, and have allowed embedded homophobia and transphobia to go largely unchallenged. Through their accounts of practice, reflections and interpretations, vignettes and images, the teachers describe how they have challenged this unaddressed area of inclusion across sites across England ranging from a tiny village church school to urban and suburban settings. Working within and beyond the curriculum, teachers have broken boundaries in primary practice for sexualities and gender equality.

This book shows it is not only through planned innovations and policy developments that change happens but also, and crucially, in the day-to-day moments where new thinking leads to new action for equality and social justice.


What If Someone I Know is Gay? Answers to Questions about What It Means to Be Gay and Lesbian. Eric Marcus, $12.99

Eric Marcus candidly and clearly pushes aside the myths and misinformation about being gay and lesbian, answering more than one hundred questions asked by teens. No questions go unanswered and the answers contain all the information you — and perhaps your parents — want to know.

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When the Drama Club Is Not Enough: Lessons From the Safe School Program for Gay and Lesbian Students. Jeff Perrotti & Kim Westheimer, $23.00

When the Drama Club Is Not Enough discusses gay and lesbian identity and self-esteem at the middle and elementary school level, and gay and lesbian issues in school sports. It tells the story of a high school junior who, at the end of one of Jeff Perrotti's workshops on school sports, raised his hand and said he was a football captain and wanted to come out and needed help, and uses this dramatic narrative of personal courage to show step-by-step how gay and lesbian issues can be a catalyst for transformation of schools.

The authors speak directly to those who want to change school climate--parents, teachers, administrators, and students concerned about harassment and safety. When the Drama Club Is Not Enough includes chapters on 'Getting Started' and 'Race and Gender' and sections on school policies and students' legal rights in order to ensure safe schools.


When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community. Gayle Pitman, illustrated by Christopher Lyles, $22.95 (ages 4-8)

When You Look Out the Window tells the story of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, one of San Francisco's most well-known and politically active lesbian couples. Describing the view from Phyllis and Del's window, this book shows how one couple's activism transformed their community — and had ripple effects throughout the world.

Includes a Reading Guide that provides helpful historical context, and a Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Educators about the importance of teaching LGBTQ history and culture to children. This is a unique way to introduce children to untold stories in history while also being a clever tribute to two notable women.


When Your Child Is Gay: What You Need to Know. Wesley Davidson & Jonathan Tobkes, $16.95

Coming out can be fraught with difficulty for both parents and child — but Wesley C. Davidson, a popular blogger on gay rights issues, and Dr. Jonathan Tobkes, a New York City-based psychiatrist, provide a road map so families can better navigate this rocky emotional terrain. Emphasizing communication and unconditional love, Davidson and Tobkes help parents untangle their own feelings, identify and overcome barriers to acceptance, encourage strong self-esteem in their child, handle negative or hostile reactions to their child’s sexual identity, and more. Filled with case studies and interviews, along with useful action plans and conversation starters, this is a positive, progressive guide to raising healthy, well-adjusted adults.


Would You Mind? Robert Joseph Greene, $11.50 (novel)

Nate Lawson didn't know the kind of parents he had until he fell in love with another guy in high school. WOULD YOU MIND? is the story of how a family can sometimes surprise you and give you the best gift of all — their love and acceptance.

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Resources for Adults

Always My Child: a Parent’s Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans-Gendered or Questioning Son or Daughter. Kevin Jennings, $26.99

Coming Around: Parenting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Kids. Anne Dohrenwend, $18.50

Dead Boys Can’t Dance: Sexual Orientation, Masculinity and Suicide. Michel Dorais & Simon Lajeunesse, $19.95

A Family Outing: a Memoir. Ruby Remenda Swanson, $24.00

Family Pride: What LGBT Families Should Know about Navigating Home, School, and Safety in Their Neighborhoods. Michael Shelton, $19.00

The Full Spectrum: a New Generation of Writing about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities. David Levithan & Billy Merrell, editors, $12.99

Gay Marriage, Real Life: Ten Stories of Love and Family. Michelle Bates Deakin, $19.99

Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children. Diane Ehrensaft, $23.95

The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Love Outside Gender Boxes. Diane Ehrensaft, $22.95

Get That Freak: Homophobia and Transphobia in High Schools. Rebecca Haskell & Brian Burtch, $21.00

Growing Into Resilience: Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Canada. André Grace, with Kristopher Wells, $34.95

Is It a Choice? Answers to 300 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gays and Lesbians. Eric Marcus, $18.50

Love, Ellen: a Mother/Daughter Journey. Betty DeGeneres, $18.50

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Mother-Talk: Conversations with Mothers of Lesbian Daughters and FTM Transgender Children. Sarah Pearlman, $24.95

My Child Is Gay: How Parents React When They Hear the News. Bryce McDougall, $23.95

Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality. John Schwartz, $17.00

One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak Out about What's Gotten Better... and What Hasn't. Edited by Kevin Jennings, $20.00

The Other Side of the Closet: the Coming-Out Crisis for Straight Spouses and Families. Amity Pierce Buxton, $24.95

A Positive View of LGBTQ: Embracing Identity and Cultivating Well-Being. Ellen Riggle & Sharon Rostosky, $25.95

Queer Questions Straight Talk: 108 frank & provocative questions its OK to ask your lesbian, gay or bisexual loved one. Abby Dees, $18.95

Queer Voices from the Classroom. Hidehiro Endo & Paul Chamness Miller, Editors, $54.50

Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights. Ann Bausum, $19.99

This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: a Question & Answer Guide to Everyday Life. Danielle Owens-Reid & Kristin Russo, $26.95

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: a Resource for the Transgender Community. Edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth, $51.95

Transfixed: a Love Story That Defies All Conventions. A Film by Alon Kol, $27.00 (DVD, 74 minutes)

Transgender Lives: Complex Stories, Complex Voices. Kristin Cronn-Mills, $41.50

Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children. Edited by Rachel Pepper, $24.95

Undoing Homophobia in Primary Schools. The No Outsiders Project Team, $30.95

When the Drama Club Is Not Enough: Lessons From the Safe School Program for Gay and Lesbian Students. Jeff Perrotti & Kim Westheimer, $23.00

When Your Child Is Gay: What You Need to Know. Wesley Davidson & Jonathan Tobkes, $16.95

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Resources for Kids & Teens

Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence. Marion Dane Bauer, $9.99 (14 and up)

Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay. Paul Vitagliano, $16.95

Boyfriends with Girlfriends. Alex Sanchez, $19.99 (novel, ages 14 & up)

Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: the Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights.  Jerome Pohlen, $21.95

GLBTQ: the Survival Guide for Queer & Questioning Teens. Kelly Huegel, $21.50

Homophobia: Deal with It and Turn Prejudice Into Pride. Steven Solomon & Nick Johnson, $12.95 

It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living. Edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller, $16.00 (13 and up)

King & King. Linda de Haan & Stern NijLand, $17.95 (school age)

Let s Get This Straight: the Ultimate Handbook for Youth with LGBTQ Parents. Tina Fakhrid-Deen, $23.50 (14 and up)

The Misfits. James Howe, $9.99 (novel, ages 14 +)

My New Gender Workbook: a Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity, 2nd Edition. Kate Bornstein, $59.95

Outing Yourself: How to Come Out as Lesbian or Gay to Your Family Friends and Co-workers. Michelangelo Signorile, $18.99 (14 and up)

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PRIDE: Celebrating Diversity & Community. Robin Stevenson, $24.95 (ages 9-13)

The Princes and the Treasure. Jeffrey Miles, illustrated by J.L. Phillips, $29.95

QUEER: the Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens. Kathy Belge & Marke Bieschke, $19.99 (14 and up)

Queer Monologues: Stories of LBGT Youth. For the Love of Learning, $9.95

S.E.X. The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties, 2nd Edition. Heather Corinna, $23.50

Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus. Rachelle Lee Smith, $17.99

Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights. Ann Bausum, $19.99

This Book is Gay. James Dawson, $15.50

This Day in June. Gayle Pitman, $14.50

This High School Has Closets. Robert Joseph Greene, $9.95 (novel, ages 14 +)

Transphobia — Deal With It. J. Wallace Skelton, illustrated by Nick Johnson, $24.95 (ages 9-13)

Unconditional: a Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child. Telaina Eriksen, $25.50

What If Someone I Know is Gay? Answers to Questions about What It Means to Be Gay and Lesbian. Eric Marcus, $12.99

When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community. Gayle Pitman, illustrated by Christopher Lyles, $22.95 (ages 4-8)

Would You Mind? Robert Joseph Greene, $11.50 (novel)

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Related tiles of interest may be found on our Gender Diversity and LGBTQ Families booklists.

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