The following resources have been selected for several reasons. They offer support. They offer advice. They are presented by people talking about their own experiences. Activities and/or exercises are included.
The Elements of D8ting: the Essential LGBTQ Guide to Meeting, Connecting, Dating, and Loving
The Elements of D8ing is more than your run-of-the-mill advice column filled with witty dialogue and no purpose. On these pages, you won’t find the top ten ways to make your mate happy or pages of useless information about where to take a first date. This handbook won’t waste your time. This is your guide for the greatest adventure you could ever hope to have–an adventure in internal discovery and self-understanding. Authors Tye Farley and Tosin Adesanya ask you to look inside to uncover your self-worth, wherever it may be buried. With the help of this book, you’ll develop a concrete understanding of who you really are and how you can fit the way you want to, not the way society says you should. Its goal is to get you to understand how the unique you is an amazing you and how you don’t need to be anyone but your true self, despite society’s claims otherwise. With Tye and Tosin’s help, you’ll be on the path to happiness and a long-lasting, fulfilling relationship in no time. The Elements of D8ing isn’t here to give you the answers; rather, it guides you to a place where you can find your own answers about dating, love, and, most importantly, you.
Living Proud! Growing up LGBTQ: Coming Out and Seeking Support
When Sarah recognized she was a lesbian, she found support first from a gay teacher in her high school. Ed was sent to an ex-gay ministry when he first told his family he was gay. Comedian Ellen DeGeneres confirmed her sexual orientation on national television, and international pop star Ricky Martin announced to the world that he was gay on his website. The experience of publicly identifying oneself as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) is deeply personal for each individual. But while the particulars vary, there are issues and questions shared by all. Should I come out? When should I come out? Who should I come out to first? The most important thing to know is that you’re not alone. In addition to friends, family, and teachers, groups such as GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network and PFLAG (formerly known as Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays) are there to provide support to young people coming out.
Living Proud! Growing up LGBTQ: Confronting Stereotypes
“That’s so gay!” is a put down sadly still heard in the hallways of many schools. Words have power and can be used to hurt people or make them feel good about themselves. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people know this all too well. If you let them, stereotypes can hold you back from being the full individual that you are. This book explores common LGBT stereotypes that persist both outside and inside the community. Explore where they come from and what they mean to you. Learn how you can do your part to reduce hurtful name-calling and appreciate LGBT people in all their diversity. Find out about resources that can help and how young people are taking action against stereotypes in their schools and communities.
A Positive View of LGBTQ: Embracing Identity and Cultivating Well-Being
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 wellbeing 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.
The Real-World Guide to Coming Out: from Steve Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners
We’ve come a long way. But that doesn’t mean that the process of coming out is clear-cut or without obstacles. Introducing an e-book for today’s times–adapted from Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners –designed to help guide men, women, and teenagers navigate what can be uncertain territory. Packed with Q&As, polls, and “Straight Talk” from straight friends and family members), THE REAL-WORLD GUIDE TO COMING OUT covers it all. Why you should come out, and when. Whom to approach first (in a poll, 50% chose a LBGT friend). How to write a coming-out letter. How to tell your children in an age-appropriate way. Staying safe at school and other help for young people. Plus how to handle homophobia and hostility, to tell or not to tell at the workplace, coming out when you’re older, the unique challenges faced by the transitioning person, and becoming a mentor to others.