This article showcases our top picks for the Best LGBT Books For Allies. 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.
Step Up by Ash Beckham
This product was recommended by Shannon Leigh SL Keenan from Triple 7 PR
How to Live with Courage and Become an Everyday Leader (Sounds True, March 2020) is an empowering call-to-action to help mobilize all to embrace a different vision of leadership to create change in our workplaces, schools, places of worship, communities, and homes cultivated from both Beckham’s personal and professional experiences.
Allies At Work by David Hall
This product was recommended by Eden Cheng from PeopleFinderFree
Corporate diversity trainer David Hall put together this book after seeing the horrid treatment LGBTQ members were being put through, as he aimed to help encourage more people to become allies of the community. And despite the fact that the book is more tailored for those in the workspace, it is still a good book for everyone to brush up on the best ways to generally behave around the queer community. This not only makes it a useful piece of educational literature, but it also serves as a great call to action that seeks to help shape a future where everyone in society can be out and equal.
Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin
This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors
An assemblage of coming out stories by transgender teenagers that equal parts funny, heartbreaking, and poignant. The rear of the book even has a convenient glossary of transgender terms for people sinking their toes into trans issues for the first time. It’s an effortless read and you can skip around the stories so you don’t have to read it from cover to cover.. Would recommend it to anyone engaged in studying more about LGBT and trans people. Actual words from real teens in a rare unfiltered view of the amazing diversity in our humanity.
The Slip by Michael Montlack
This product was recommended by Roxanne Hoffman from Poets Wear Prada
Here are nineteen memoiristic vignettes — precious moments of self discovery — in the life of a gay man — snapshots of childhood. adolescence, and manhood — shared with candor, tenderness, good humor, and wit. Be prepared to laugh out loud but keep the box of Kleenex nearby. A breezy 32 pages. What others have said about this book: The many moods of THE SLIP, from fabulous to funny to frenetic, announce the arrival of a promising new voice that can express, with consummate sensitivity and verve, the sorrows and celebrations of our complicated queerness–Rigoberto Gonzalez, author of OTHER FUGITIVES AND OTHER STRANGERS. Michael Montlack’s THE SLIP situates us in the middle of a life, threading together joys and sorrows. Some of the comic moments will truly make you laugh out loud. And at times, you’ll get horribly wistful. Such is the richness of this collection.–D. A. Powell, author of CHRONIC.