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the new allies 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 new allies to begin.

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Gay in America by Scott Pasfield
Photographer Scott Pasefiled traveled through all 50 states over a period of two years to create this beautiful collection of narratives and portraits detailing the lives of gay men in America during the 21st century.

Making Gay History by Eric Marcus
A collection of personal narratives, Making Gay History, by Eric Marcus, includes diverse stories that provide a unique look at the history, culture, and advocacy organizations from the people that have been impacted by them.

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan
College professor and author Jennifer Boylan tells all in her autobiography which details coming out as transgender late in life, the impact it had on her family and friends, and the ins and outs of gender transition.

My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family by Zach Wahls
Made famous by a passionate speech about marriage equality that went viral, My Two Moms allows activist Zach Wahls to tell his story about growing up with two moms and what drove him to stand up and speak out.

Love, Ellen: A Mother Daughter Journey by Betty and Ellen DeGeneres
In Love, Ellen: A Mother Daughter Journey, PFLAG mom Betty DeGeneres details her life as a mom, the struggles she faced when her daughter came out, and the knowledge she gained to become a vocal advocate for GLBT equality.

Gay America: Struggle for Equality by Linas Alsenas
Designed as a textbook for high-school students, Gay America by Linas Alsenas demonstrates the progression of GLBT culture in the Americas since the colonial era until 2006 with photos, personal stories, and historical information.

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
Published in 1956, Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin is the story of an American expatriate living in Paris who struggles with his sexuality, morality, and convention as he recounts his life and the time he spent with Giovanni, a young Italian bartender.