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Thinking about hosting a virtual book club? This list should help you get started. While we’ve included links for purchase, PFLAG National also recommends checking out Open Library, where many of these titles can be borrowed for free by those who sign-up!
35 Dumb Things Well Intended People Say by Dr. Maura Cullen
And The Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
Angels in America by Tony Kushner
Becoming A Visible Man by Jamison Green, Ph.D.
Bent by Martin Sherman
Blood, Marriage, Wine, & Glitter by S. Bear Bergman
Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley
Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas by Dale Carpenter
Gay Rights At the Ballot Box by Amy L. Stone
Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children by Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D
The Gender Creative Child by Diane Ehrensaft
Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality by Jay Michaelson
Helping Your Transgender Teen: A guide for parents by Irwin Krieger
He’s My Daughter: A Mother’s Journey to Acceptance by Eve Langley
It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living by Dan Savage and Terry Miller
The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez
The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman
The Last Time I Wore A Dress by Daphne Scholinski
Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin by John D’Emilio
Love, Ellen: A Mother/Daughter Journey by Betty DeGeneres
M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang
Making Gay History by Eric Marcus
My Husband Betty by Helen Boyd
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me by David Drake
The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer
On the Couch with Dr. Angello: Raising & Supporting Transgender Youth by Dr. Michele Angello
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeannette Winterston
Out Law: What LGBT Youth Should Know about Their Legal Rights by Dale Carpenter
Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latino/a Activism edited by Uriel Quesada, Letitia Gomez, and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz
Queerly Beloved by Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall
Same Sex Marriage: Pro and Con by Andrew Sullivan
She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
The Social Justice Advocate’s Handbook: A Guide to Gender by Sam Killerman
Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter
Straightforward: How to Mobilize Heterosexual Support for Gay Rights by Ian Ayres and Jennifer Gerarda Brown
Straight Parents, Gay Children: Keeping Families Together by Robert Bernstein
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question and Answer Guide to Everyday Life by Danielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo
Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein
Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue by Nicholas M. Teich
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth
The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals by Stephanie A. Brill
Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy by Jennifer Levi & Elizabeth E. Monnin-Browder
Trans-Kin: A Guide for Family and Friends of Transgender People (Volume 1) edited by Dr. Eleanor A. Hubbard and Cameron T. Whitley
Transgender Employment Experiences: Gendered Perceptions and the Law by Kyla Bender-Baird
Transgender History by Susan Stryker
Transgender Workplace Diversity: Policy Tools, Training Issues and Communication Strategies for HR and Legal Professionals by Jillian T. Weiss, J.D., Ph.D.
Transitions of the Heart edited by Rachel Pepper
Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and Their Journey to Love and Acceptance by Marsha Aizumi and Aiden Aizumi
When I Knew by Robert Trachtenberg
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum
This is not a comprehensive list - the possibilities truly are endless. If you have a book you’d like to suggest please contact Jamie Henkel ([email protected]).
Not sure what questions to ask as part of your book club program? Start by asking your readers if anyone would like to lead the conversation – someone who loves your selection might have great ideas for discussion. If not, here are a few general questions that can get any book club discussion rolling.
- What did you like best about this book?
- What did you dislike, or like least about the book?
- If you could ask the author of this book one question, what would it be?
- What feelings did reading this evoke for you?
- Would you suggest this book to someone? Why or why not?
- What do you think the author’s intention was when writing the book?