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the everyday ally reading list

Some of the best ways to learn more are as close as the bookstore, your Kindle, or your local library. The list can’t possibly include all of the great books out there, so we’ve picked a few that represent a good place for everyday allies to begin.

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Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter
Based on interviews, public records, and previously sealed files David Carter’s Stonewall is considered to be the definitive history of the Stonewall Riots in New York City and provides a detailed history of pre-Stonewall America.

The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman
The Laramie Project, written and developed by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project, examines the impact of Matthew Shepard’s brutal murder through a series of monologues based on interviews with town residents.

Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue by Nicholas M Teich
Transgender 101, written by Nicholas Teich a social worker, educator, and activist provides a detailed look at the lives of transpeople through an investigation of the history, politics, sociology, and psychology of gender.

Out Law: What LGBT Youth Should Know about Their Legal Rights by Dale Carpenter
Written by journalist Dale Carpenter, Out Law provides information about many of the issues faced by LGBT youth, the laws that are currently on the books, and steps students can take to stand up for themselves.

Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas by Dale Carpenter
In Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v Texas, author Dale Carpenter examines the history, the people, and the development of case that eventually led to the 2003 Supreme Court Ruling that struck down anti-sodomy laws nationwide, making same-sex relationships legal in the United States.

It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living by Dan Savage and Terry Miller
Inspired by a single video posted to YouTube by journalist Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller, the It Gets Better Project has turned into a worldwide movement and this book is meant to help young LGBT people envision a positive future for themselves.

Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America by Mitchell Gold and Mindy Drucker
Crisis is a collection of geographically, racially, ethnically, religiously, and generationally diverse first person accounts, about growing up gay in the United States and the impact of bullying and harassment on young people.

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
Originally appearing in the San Francisco Chronicle as a serial, Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin is a series of novels that details the lives of those who live at 28 Barbary Lane in San Francisco during the 1970’s and 1980’s and inspired a TV miniseries and musical production.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeannette Winterston
Winner of the Whitebread Prize for Best First Fiction, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a semi-autobiographical tale about a young, deeply devout, evangelical Christian as she comes to understand her sexuality and her love of God.