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Experts Tell Us the Best LGBT Books For Parents

This article showcases our top picks for the Best LGBT Books For Parents. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

The Educator’s Guide to LGBT+ Inclusion by Kryss Shane

This product was recommended by Kryss Shane from ThisIsKryss

This book is meant for educators but works brilliantly for parents and anyone who works with kids or wants to be ready to work with or parent kids! Endorsed by the top in the industry, the author is known for being a subject matter expert.

Tyrone Evans Clark’s Grapefruit by Tyrone Evans Clark

This product was recommended by Tyrone Evans Clark from Tyrone Evans Clark Inc.

The author is a member of the LGBTQA+ Community and some of the characters in the book are low-key LGBT along with giving some undertones throughout the story similar to the Xena: Warrior Princess Franchise. Also it’s a fantasy story that takes place in New Zealand mixed with fictional magic and some pieces of this island’s culture with historical elements.

100 Questions and Answers About Sexual Orientation and the Stereotypes and Bias Surrounding People who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Asexual, and of other Sexualities by Michigan State School of Journalism

This product was recommended by Susan Stitt from Front Edge Publishing

This guide has sections on terminology, identity, relationships, families, health, safety, school, work, visibility, coming out, civil rights, politics and religion. The guide offers quick, accurate answers to basic, introductory questions about gay, lesbian, bisexual and other sexual orientations. It is a starting point for people in business, schools, places of worship, government, medicine, law enforcement, human resources and journalism. The guide suggests resources for those who then want greater depth. Questions include: – How many sexual orientations are there? – Does everyone fit into a category? – Are bisexual and pansexual the same? – What does heteronormativity mean? – What about homonormativity? – Why do some gay people say “queer” or “faggot?” – What is intersectionality? – What percentage of Americans identify as gay? – Are gays more feminine and lesbians more masculine? – Do gay and bi people have only gay and bi friends? – Are people born gay? – Can sexual orientation change? – How is dating different in the LGB community?

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli

This product was recommended by Miranda Yan from VinPit

Story about Arthur and Ben being gay with their love seen as universal experienceand awkward amusement teen dating of interracial couple with the supportive parents. This will be a guide for the parents on how to accept the reality of their children happily instead of accusing them in the name of communal preferences.

Undivided by Vicky Beeching

This product was recommended by Miranda Yan from VinPit

The story about a girl Beeching who kept her real identity of being a gay as a secret, is completely astonishing and inspiring when she reveals the truth to the world and Being unable to endure the toll of keeping the secret any longer, the character came out publicly to accept he was a gay. Losing her spiritual community as well as livelihood, she finally experiences wholeness by accepting her true self.

Unconditional by Telaina Eriksen

This product was recommended by Lorie Anderson from MomInformed

This recent (2017) book is very much a how-to for parents that details specific challenges, such as navigating extended family reactions and building a family support system for LGBT kids.

This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids by Dannielle Owens-Reid

This product was recommended by Lorie Anderson from MomInformed

This book is incredibly accessible because it’s written in a very simple Q&A format – an excellent reference for parents just starting out in their journey with a LGBT child.

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