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Resources for Parents - (CGSAEP)

These lists are not exhaustive, but rather represent a sample of materials that have been read or viewed by the Outreach Program’s staff or parents.

Memoir/Testimonial Books
  • The Best Little Boy in the World, John Reid (Andrew Tobias), 1973. New York, NY: Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House
  • The Family Heart: A Memoir of When Our Son Came Out, Robb Forman Drew, 1994. New York, NY: Ballantine Books
  • Breaking the Surface, Greg Louganis with Eric Marcus, 1996. New York, NY: Plume Books, a division of Penguin Books USA
  • Not Like Other Boys: Growing Up Gay: A Mother and Son Look Back, M. Fanta-Shyer and C. Shyer, 1997. Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Publications
  • Boys Like Us, Patrick Merla (Editor), 1997. New York, NY: Harper Paperbacks
  • Homosexuality: The Secret a Child Dare Not Tell, M.A. Cantwell, 1998. Indianapolis, IN: Rafael Press
  • Family Secrets: Gay Sons, a Mother's Story, Jean M. Baker, 1998. New York, NY: Harrington Park Press and imprint of The Haworth Press
  • The Last Time I Wore a Dress: A Memoir, Daphne Scholinski with Jane M. Adams, 1998. New York, NY: Riverhead Books
  • Finding the Real Me: True Tales of Sex and Gender Diversity, Tracie O'Keefe, Katrina Fox (Editors), 2003. Jossey-Bass and imprint of Wiley Books
  • Dress Codes: Of Three Girlhoods---My Mother's, My Father's, and Mine, Noelle Hoewy's, 2003. London: Picador, Pan McMillan
  • Trans Forming Families: Real Stories About Transgender Loved Ones, Mary Boenke, Arlene Istar Lev and Jessica Xavier, 2003. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press
  • Becoming a Visible Man, Jamison Green, 2004. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press
  • She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, Jenny Boylan, 2004. New York, NY: Broadway, an imprint of Random House
  • Just Add Hormones, Matt Kailey, 2005. Boston: Beacon Press
  • When I Knew (Humor), Robert Trachtenberg and Tom Bachtell, 2005. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers
  • Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers, Cris Beam, 2007. Orlando, FL: Harcourt
  • Sexual Landscapes: Why We Are What We Are, Why We Love Whom We Love, James D. Weinrich, 1987. New York, NY: Scribner Book Company, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Becoming Visible: A Reader in Gay and Lesbian History for High School and College Students, Kevin Jennings (Editor), 1994. Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Publications
  • Tackling Gay Issues in School, Leif Mitchell, 2000. Leif Mitchell
  • Always My Child: A Parent's Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered or Questioning Son or Daughter, Kevin Jennings, Pat Shapiro, 2002. New York, NY: Fireside, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • How Homophobia Hurts Children: Nurturing Diversity at Home, at School, and in the Community, Jean M. Baker, 2002. New York, NY: Harrington Park Press and imprint of The Haworth Press

Some books may be appropriate for mature teens, we recommend that parents read them first.
  • The World of Normal Boys, K.M. Soehnlein, 2000. New York, NY: Kensington Books

  • ainbow Boys, Alex Sanchez, 2001. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Trans-Sister Radio, Chris Bohjalian, 2001. New York, NY: Vintage
  • What Becomes of the Brokenhearted: A Memoir, E. Lynn Harris, 2003. New York, NY: Doubleday
  • Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinberg, 2004. New York, NY: Alyson Publications
Essay/Academic Books
  • Sexual Nature and Sexual Culture, Paul R. Abramson and Steven D. Pinkerton (Editors), 1995. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press
  • Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us, Kate Bornstein, 1995. New York, NY: Vintage
  • Children of Horizons: How Gay and Lesbian Teens are Leading a New Way out of the Closet, Gilbert Herdt, Andrew Boxer, 1996 Boston, MA: Beacon Press
  • A Natural History of Homosexuality, Francis Mark Mondimore, 1996. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Becoming Gay: The Journey to Self-Acceptance, Richard A. Isay, 1997. Holt Paperbacks
  • Gender Shock, Phyllis Burke, 1997. New York, NY: Anchor
  • Sissies and Tomboys: Gender Non-conformity & Homosexual Childhood, Matthew Rottneck (Editor), 1999. New York University Press
  • Biological Exuberance : Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity, Bruce Bagemihl, 1999. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press
  • As Nature Made Him, John Colapinto, 2000. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers
  • How Sex Changed, Joanne Meyerowitz, 2002. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press
  • Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth, Wayne R. Besen, 2003. New York, NY: Harrington Park Press and imprint of The Haworth Press
  • The New Gay Teenager, Rich Savin-Williams, 2005. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press
  • The Riddle of Gender, Deborah Rudacille, 2006. New York, NY: Anchor
Reference Books
  • Lesbian and Gay Voices: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide to Literature for Children and Young Adults, 2000. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press
Professional Books
  • The Sissy Boy Syndrome and the Development of Homosexuality, Richard Green, 1989. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press
  • Gender Development, Susan Golombok, and Robyn Fivush, 1994. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press
  • Gender Identity Disorder and Psychosexual Problems in Children and Adolescents, Kenneth J. Zucker and Susan J. Bradley , 1995. New York, NY: The Guilford Press
  • Textbook of Homosexuality and Mental Health, Robert P. Cabaj, Terry S. Stein (Editors), 1996. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press
  • Lesbian and Gay Youth: Care and Counseling, Caitlin Ryan and Donna Futterman, 1997 (June). Adolescent Medicine State of the Art Reviews, Vol. 8, Number 2, Philadelphia, PA: Hanley and Belfus, Inc.
  • Childhood Sexuality: Normal Sexual Behavior and Development, Sandfort T & Rademakers J (Editors), 2000. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Clinical Practice Press
  • Sexual Orientation in Child and Adolescent Health Care, Ellen C. Perrin, 2002. New York, NY: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers
  • Mental Health Issues in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Communities, Billy E. Jones and Marjorie J. Hill (Editors), 2002. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association
  • Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and Their Families, Arlene Istar Lev, 2004. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Clinical Practice Press
  • Sex and Gender (Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America), M. Diamond, A. Yates, M. Lewis (Editors), 2004 (July): Vol.23, Number 3. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, and imprint of Elsevier, Inc.
Feature Films

Some films may be appropriate for children, other may be appropriate for teens, we recommend that parents view them first.
  • Trevor, a film by Peggy Rajski, 1994: Water Bearer Films
  • Different from Girls, a film by Richard Spence, 1996. X Pictures
  • Breaking The Surface: The Greg Louganis Story, a film by Steven Hilliard Stern, 1997. Green/Epstein Productions
  • Ma Vie en Rose (My Life in Pink) (French with subtitles), a film by Alain Berliner, 1997. Sony Picture Classics
  • Torch Song Trilogy, a film by Paul Bogart, 1998. New Line Home Video
  • Boys Don't Cry, a film by Kimberly Peirce, 1999. Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • The Dress Code, a film by Shirley McLaine, 2000. J&M Entertainment, Original Voices Inc.
  • Just a Question of Love (French with subtitles), 2000. Picture This Studio
  • Billy Elliott, a film by Stephen Daldry, 2000. Universal Studios
  • Bend It Like Beckham, a film by Gurinder Chadha, 2003. 20th Century Fox
  • Latter Days, 2003. Funny Boy Films
  • Normal, a film by Jane Anderson, 2003. HBO Films
  • Whale Rider, a film by Niki Caro, 2003. Sony Pictures
  • Soldier's Girl, a film by Frank Pierson, 2004. Showtime Entertainment
  • Brokeback Mountain, 2005. Alberta film Entertainment
  • Transamerica, 2006. Belladonna Productions
  • C.R.A.Z.Y. (French with subtitles), 2006. Cirrus Communications
Documentary Films Youth/Family Themes

Some films may be appropriate for teens, we recommend that parents view them first.
  • Growing Up Gay and Lesbian: Questions and Answers, a film by Brian McNaught, 1993. Motivational Media
  • From a Secret Place: America's Families Cope with the Coming Out Process of Gay and Lesbian Youth, Produced and Directed by Karin Heller and Bill Domonkos, 1993. New York: Guildford Publications, Inc.
  • It's Elementary, a film by Debra Chasnoff, 1996. Women's Educational Media
  • When A Kid Is Gay, 2000. WGBH Boston
  • Scout's Honor, a film by Tom Shepard, 2001. Independent Television Service (ITVS)
  • No Dumb Questions: Uncle Bill is Becoming a Woman, a film by Melissa Regan, 2001. New Day Films
  • Sex: Unknown: Explore the Fateful Consequences of Gender Reassignment, Produced by Andrew Cohen and Stephen Sweigart, 2001. WGBH Boston: NOVA
  • The Laramie Project, a film by Moisés Kauffman, 2002. HBO Home Video
  • Daddy and Papa, a film by Johnny Symons, 2002. Independent Television Service (ITVS)
  • Jim in Bold: 8000 Miles Through a Boy's Soul, a film by Glenn Holsten, 2003. Equality Forum
  • Bullied to Death, Investigative Reports, A&E Home Video
  • Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She, a film by Antony Thomas, 2005. HBO
  • We are Dad, a film by Michel Horvat, 2005
  • TransGeneration, a film by Jeremy Simmons, 2006. Sundance Channel Home Entertainment: Documentary Collection
Documentary Films GLBT Adult Themes
  • Paris is Burning, a film by Jennie Livingston, 1991. Miramax Films
  • Southern Comfort, a film by Kate Davis, 2003. New Video Group
  • Trembling Before G-d, a film by Sandi Simcha Dubowski, 2003. New Yorker Video
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