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Videos & Book Recommendations

Videos and literature revolving with family/friend acceptance of LGBTQIA members. Despite the stereotypical depictions of gay people, the media has at times promoted acceptance of them with television shows such as Will and Grace and Queer Eye. This increased publicity reflects the coming-out movement of the LGBT community. As more celebrities come out, more gay-friendly shows develop. With the popularity of gay television shows, music artists and gay fashion, Western culture has had to open its eyes to the gay community.

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Interested in some new literature? Below are some books we recommend ranging from informative texts, rom-coms, and fictional works. The ones listed below are just a few, but be sure to check out our Book Database for more reads!

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God and The Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships
by Matthew Vines

For any parent, discovering that your child is gay can bring so many different feelings to the surface. But for Christians, this already emotional experience can be even more complex when considering how sexual identity and faith are interconnected. Matthew Vines studies led to the writing of this book and the founding of The Reformation Project, which champions LGBT inclusion in the church.

What if It’s Us 
by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

This book is a rom-com that talks about how Arthur is spending the summer in New York when he briefly meets Ben. When fate intervenes and they meet again later, it seems maybe it is meant to be. It showcases the awkward amusement of teen dating, an interracial couple, supportive parents, and some awesome Broadway references. It’s just a happy boy-meets-boy story that goes to show you that falling in love is a universal experience.

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family 
by Amy Ellis Nutt

Amy Ellis Nutt tells the story of a transgender girl and how her transition affected her entire family. Early on, Wyatt was clearly different than his twin brother Jonas, insisting he was a girl even as a toddler. Over the years, as Wyatt transitions to living as Nicole, the girl she knew herself to be, the family also undergoes a series of foundational changes. Nicole’s journey would challenge everything they believed, bring the family closer together, and set them on a course to change the community around them.

This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question and Answer Guide to Everyday Life
by Danielle Owens-Reid & Kristen Russo

Great book that serves as an introduction for parents that are new to the LGBTQIA community. Great book for parents who recently had their kid come out to them. Provides basic information & answers and also includes real life examples from gay kids and their parents.

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Have some free time? Enjoy some of these informative podcasts on how to support LGBTQIA+ youths. If you have podcast recommendations of your own that you love, share it with us on social media.

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Parenting LGBT Youth: Susan Berland 
Family Confidential: Secrets of Successful Parenting Video Podcast

For LGBT youth, one of the hardest things may be coming out to parents. After all, a parents’ reaction to the fact that one’s child is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender can have a profound impact on that child. Susan Berland, certified parenting coach and mom of an LGBT son says, “Over the years, I’ve spoken with many LGBT people who never resolved the issue with their parents or their parents never resolved feelings. I’ve seen the impact this rejection has on these adult children long-term. Many have dealt with substance abuse, some have never really had successful relationships.” Annie talks with Susan about providing parents with the support and acceptance they need to love and accept their LGBT children of any age.

How To Respond When Your Child Comes Out
New Family Podcast

Today’s show covers a really important topic—how to respond in a supportive manner when your child comes out to you. My guest, Dr. Jen O’Ryan, completed her doctorate in human behaviour with a focus on the experience of childhood and adolescence for sexual minorities. Jen provides coaching and guidance for parents to help them navigate their child’s coming out process, as well as questions about sexuality and gender. But our chat today doesn’t just apply to the parents whose kids have revealed they’re gay. Aunts, uncles, coaches, teachers, community leaders, even supportive family friends—as caring adults we can all benefit from knowing more about being inclusive and sensitive toward LGBTQ youth. She explains how even one caring, tolerant adult can be tremendously protective for kids through the coming-out process. And she provides great, tangible advice on how to provide a safe, helpful environment for LGBTQ kids.

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We all have our favorite clips from movies or tv shows that we just have to rewatch over and over again. We’re at an age where television shows have begun to promote the acceptance of LGBTQIA+ folk through their stories. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! If you have clips of your own that you love, share it with us on social media.

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Cyrus Comes out to his Best Friend Heading link

In the Disney Channel show Andi Mack, Cyrus admits his feelings for one of his friends to his best friend Buffy. She tells him he is no different and he is still him. Cyrus is one of the first Disney characters to come out as gay.

Greg and Jazz Heading link

Jazz’s father, Greg, reveals his initial feelings about having a transgender child.

Kurt Comes out to his Father Heading link

In the show Glee, Kurt comes out as gay to his father. His father has known Kurt was gay since he was a child and although it is not how he wanted things to be, he still loves his son and is glad he felt comfortable enough to tell him.

Helena comes out to her religious grandmother Heading link

In the show One Day at a Time, Lydia accepts her granddaughter Elena after coming out. She may not agree with it due to her religion, but she loves her granddaughter no matter what.

How to balance being Native American and queer Heading link

Our Families: LGBT African American Stories Heading link

This video highlights the trials of triumphs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of color. Our Families is a community education campaign that raises the visibility of LGBT people of color, especially African Americans.

Our Families:LGBT Asian and Pacific Islander Stories Heading link

This video highlights the trials of triumphs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of different races. Our Families is a community education campaign that raises the visibility of LGBT people of different backgrounds.

Simon's Dad Accepts him Heading link

In the movie Love, Simon, Simon’s dad wanted to let him know that he still loves him after Simon came out as gay to his family.

What Type of Weirdo Am I? Heading link

Gender Non-Binary person reflects on their own personal journey, growth and acceptance of who they are.

Zoey Luna's Story Heading link

Zoey’s story is one of courage and love told by both herself and her mother Ofelia.