Coming Out

Selected Resources Available at the
Resource Center of Dallas
2701 Reagan Street, Dallas, TX • 214-540-4451

library@rcdallas.org NONFICTION
Acts of Disclosure: The Coming Out Process of Contemporary Gay Men. By Marc Vargo.
Uses research findings and first-hand accounts to help gay teens and adults accept and embrace their sexual identity as an integral part of their being.

HQ76.3 U5 V37 1998

Awakening: How a 53 year old wife and mother "became" a lesbian. By Pat Stone. Becoming a visible man. By Jamison Green
Candid autobiography with informed analysis to offer unique insight into the multiple challenges of the female-to-male transsexual experience,

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The Best Little Boy in the World. By Reid, John (Andrew Tobias).
Financial advisor Andrew Tobias originally wrote this personal, at times humorous, story of coming out under the pseudonym of John Reid.

Coming out and disclosures: LGBT persons across the life span. By Ski Hunter.
A look at issues of coming out across the life span. Examines sexual orientation and identities; developmental models of coming out; disclosure in adolescence, midlife, or later; coming out to parents and family members; and disclosure to non-family.

Coming Out as Transgender. By the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
Available online as a free downloadable PDF from the HRC website

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Coming Out Conservative: An Autobiography. By Marvin Liebman
A gay conservative discusses his life and career and his decision to come out and use his position as a major leader within the conservative movement to combat its hostility to gays and lesbians.

Coming Out to Parents: A Two-Way Survival Guide for Lesbians and Gay Men and Their Parents. By Mary Borhek. Coming Out Within: Stages of Spiritual Awakening for Lesbians and Gay Men. By Craig O’Neill and Kathleen Ritter
Using real case histories, explores coming out and loss that can result as a catalyst for growth and personal and spiritual transformation.

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Coming out, Coming In: Nurturing the Well-Being and Inclusion of Gay Youth. By Linda Goldman.
The process of "coming in" to a welcoming and nurturing family, from both the teen's and the parents' perspective.

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Coming Out: An Act of Love. By Rob Eichberg.
A guide for gay men and lesbians, as well as for their families and friends.

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Crisis: 40 stories revealing the personal, social, and religious pain and trauma of growing up gay in America. Edited by Mitchell Gold

Family Outing: A Guide to the Coming-Out Process for Gays, Lesbians, & Their Families. By Chastity Bono.
Portrays her own experience coming out to her celebrity parents, as well as on the experiences of other young people, describes the challenges and rewards of coming out for gays, lesbians, and their families.

HQ76.3 U5 B65 1998

Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth—and Their Allies. By Ellen Bass and Kate Kaufman.
A practical guide for gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth and their families, teachers, counselors and friends.

HQ76.2 U5 B38 1996

Fun Home. By Alison Bechdel
A memoir told through the form of a graphic novel about a young woman coming to terms both with her own sexuality as well as her late father’s. Winner of multiple awards.

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GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer & Questioning Teens. By Kelley Huegel.
A frank, sensitive book written for teens who are beginning to question their sexual or gender identity and who need advice, guidance, reassurance, and reminders that they are not alone.

HQ76.27 Y68 H84 2003

Homoplot: the coming-out story and gay, lesbian and bisexual identity. By Esther Saxey.
A look at how literature

PR1 G39 S39 2008 HQ76.2 C57 L68 2005 HQ75.8 J46 A3 2006

Loving someone gay: 4th ed. By Donald Clark.
Mixing anecdotes, stories, philosophy, and advice, a popular guide for gay people and those who want to love and support them.

Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son: A Memoir of Becoming a Man. By Kevin Jennings.
A memoir of growing up in a fundamentalist evangelical home in the rural South to graduating from Harvard and founding GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), a national organization dedicated to making sure schools are safe places. An ALA Stonewall Honor Book.

Now That I’m Out, What Do I Do? By Brian McNaught.
Essays on the issues that gay men and lesbians confront as they try to find a place for themselves in an often hostile world.

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On Being Gay: Thoughts on Family, Faith, and Love. Brian McNaught. Outing Yourself: How to Come Out as Lesbian or Gay to Your Family, Friends, and Coworkers. By Michelangelo Signorile. Positively gay: new approaches to gay and lesbian life. Edited by Betty Berzon
A positive and practical look at many issues affecting the lives of gays and lesbians, including building successful same-sex partnerships, reconciling religious dilemmas, coming out to one's family, creating gay families, and living as a gay person of color.

There’s Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You. Edited by Loralee MacPike.
Stories of gay and lesbian parents coming out to their children.

HQ76.3 U5 T47 1989 HQ76 D69 2005

The velvet rage: overcoming the pain of growing up gay in a straight man's world. By Alan Downs
Drawing on contemporary psychological research, the author's own journey to be free of anger and of shame, as well as the stories of friends and clients.

FICTION AND LITERATURE Alumit, Noel. Letters to Montgomery Clift.
ALA Stonewall Book Award. A teenage immigrant to the US from the Philippines discovers he is gay.

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Am I Blue: coming out from the silence. Edited by Marion Dane Bauer.
ALA Stonewall Book Award. A collection of short stories about growing up gay or lesbian, or with gay or lesbian parents or friends by such authors as Bruce Coville, M.E. Kerr, William Sleator, and Jane Yolen.

Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Told through a series of letters, a teenager deals with the suicide of his best friend and his own coming out.

PZ7 C434 Perk 1999 PS3556 E427 S7 1993 PZ7 G165 An 1982 PZ7 G165 Ye 1999

Feinberg, Leslie. Stone butch blues.
ALA Stonewall Book Award. Story of a female to male transgender person.

Garden, Nancy. Annie on my mind. Garden, Nancy. The Year They Burned the Books.

FOR PARENTS of Gay & Lesbian Children:
Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians and Gays Talk about Their Experiences. By Carolyn Griffin. Members of P-FLAG (Parents and
Friends of Lesbians and Gays) describe interviews with parents moving toward acceptance, offering emotional support as well as facts.

HQ76.3 U5 G75 1990

Coming Out as Parents: You and Your Homosexual Child. By David Switzer.
For parents of gay or lesbian children, written from an accepting Christian perspective.

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The Family Heart: A Memoir of When Our Son Came Out. By Robb Forman Dew. A moving memoir of her son’s coming out, she uncovers the
prejudices this liberal, educated family did not know they had and shows their movement out of bewilderment and into acceptance and activism.

Family Secrets: Gay Sons, A Mother’s Story. By Jean Baker.
A psychologist and mother of two gay sons offers insights into the developmental needs of gay and lesbian children.

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Homosexuality: The Secret a Child Dare Not Tell. By Mary Ann Cantwell.
A mother’s personal account of accepting her gay son.

My Child Is Gay: How Parents React when They Hear the News. Edited by Bryce McDougall. A compilation of letters written by parents who have a
gay or lesbian child.

Now that you know: A parent’s guide to understanding their gay and lesbian children. By Betty Fairchild and Nancy Hayward. An update of the
classic guide for families with gay or lesbian children. Written by two mothers of gay children, the book works toward helping both children and parents understand the experience of the other.

Straight Parents, Gay Children: Keeping Families Together. By Robert Bernstein. A personal reflection of a father, his initial pain and confusion,
moving to acceptance, and finding support in PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).

HQ76.25 C68 B47 1995

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