Suggested Books - SAFE Place

And Say Hi to Joyce; America's First Gay Column Comes Out, by Deb Price and Joyce Murdoch: Deb and Joyce tell the story of the birth of Deb's newspaper column (including the text from the first twenty months) and of how the column has changed lives by knocking down barriers that divide people. New York: Doubleday, 1995.

Beyond Acceptance, by Carolyn Griffin and Marian and Arthur Wirth: Parents talk about their gay and lesbian children. Prentice-Hall, 1986.

Gay Issues in the Workplace, by Brian McNaught: Corporate consultant and educator Brian McNaught shows businesspeople and corporate managers how anti‑gay bias impacts the entire work force and harms corporate productivity. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1993.

Loving Someone Gay, by Don Clark, Ph.D.: This classic has been revised and updated, but still offers sensitive, intelligent guidance for gay people and those who want to understand and support them. Signet Books, 1987.

On Being Gay; Thoughts on Family, Faith, and Love, by Brian McNaught: A look – sometimes humorous, always insightful – at such concerns as whether to "come out," maintaining ties with one's family, building love relations that last, developing an honest relationship with God, dealing with AIDS, and accepting oneself as decent and worthy of respect. New York, St. Martin's Press, 1988.

One Teacher in Ten, an anthology of 36 essays: An important document for those seeking to understand the experience of gay and lesbian educators. No similar collection has ever been published. Los Angeles, Alyson Publications, September 1994

Out in the Workplace, edited by Richard A. Rasi and Lourdes Rodriguez-Nogues: Working people answer questions from the front lines, as gay women and men from all professions share firsthand their personal experiences. Also contains important information about the laws protecting the employment rights of gays and lesbians. Los Angeles, Alyson, 1995.

Positively Gay; New Approaches to Gay and Lesbian Life, edited by Betty Berzon, Ph.D.: This updated and expanded classic explores the many issues of being gay, including social options, partnering, family relations, parenting, religion, minorities, AIDS, and more. Celestial Arts, 1992.

Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms With the Suicide of Her Gay Son by Leroy Aarons: Mary Griffith's personal journey to survive and make sense of her son's suicide and to move toward enlightenment about his sexual orientation. New York, Harper, 1995.

Sexual Orientation in the Workplace; Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals & Heterosexuals Working Together, by Amy J. Zuckerman and George F. Simons: Includes simple tools and exercises to address the personal dimensions of working realistically and effectively with diverse colleagues.

Straight Jobs, Gay Lives, by Annette Friskopp and Sharon Silverstein: Frankly examines issues such as coming out versus being closeted in the workplace, harassment, discrimination, health and insurance benefits, and much more. Hundreds of personal stories from men and women of all ages and races. New York, Touchstone, 1995.

Straight Parents/Gay Children; Keeping Families Together by Bob Bernstein: A common theme is the parental journey of discovery — from initial devastation to ultimate joy and celebration in diversity — often triggered by a child's coming out. Thunder's Mouth Press.

Straight Talk About Gays in the Workplace, by Liz Winfeld and Susan Spielman: Creating an inclusive, productive environment for everyone in your organization. New York, AMACOM, 1995.

Stranger At the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America, by Mel White: Autobiography of writer, filmmaker, and former ghostwriter of books, autobiographies, and speeches for many famous religious figures. Tells of his struggle to fully become who he is. New York, Simon & Schuster, 1994.

The Family Heart: A Memoir of When Our Son Came Out, by Robb Forman Dew: This family's story may help other families who are learning to accept their gay sons and lesbian daughters. Addison-Wesley, 1994.

Twenty-First Century Challenge; Lesbians and Gays in Education, by Sue McConnell-Celi: Explores the lesbian and gay experience within the classroom setting. Red Bank, New Jersey, Lavender Crystal Press, 1993.