Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity - Julia Serano Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes - Gerald N. Callahan The Argonauts - Maggie Nelson Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office - 36 LGBT Professionals and Ally Executives, Selisse Berry, Kate Clinton Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community - Andrew Marin The Other Genders: Androgyne, Genderqueer, Non-Binary Gender Variant: Intergender, Mixed Gender, Ambigender, Agender, Neutrois, Nullgender, Bigender, ... Self-Defined Gender, Unlabeled Gender - Ken Wickham Transgender History - Susan Stryker Fragments Of Gender - Lisa Lees My Husband's a Woman Now: A Shared Journey of Transition and Love - Leslie Hilburn Fabian But What If We're Wrong?: One Evangelical's Take on the LGBTQ Issue - Jacci Turner

Both Wikipedia and Transgender History give a complete history of why it is that June is the LGBT Pride Month. In a nutshell, events were originally put together to commemorate the Stonewall riots but it eventually grew into what is now LGBT Pride Month, or more colloquially known as Gay Pride Month. Personally, I prefer the acronym because it recognize the full scope of people expressing their pride this month as well as the full scope of people involved in the riots. 

Admittedly, my blog is focused on gender and not sexual orientation. While that doesn't leave me unaware of events, activists, progress for people or multiple orientations, it does mean that reading focuses on the diverse genders that are available out there. Connected to this post are the books that helped me along on my journey of understanding the LGBT point of view and becoming a better ally than I was before. My journey is far from complete on this subject and I have only recently met the first few people that I knew to be trans in any way, but I feel like these books helped me to not act like a bigoted idiot. I wouldn't have had any idea what to do and probably would have waved off any stress on using the right pronoun for those I have met. I would have been ignorant of the importance and probably hurt or alienated them. 

I also happened to notice that most of these books are underrated on Goodreads (Whipping Girl and The Argonauts have more than 3000 ratings each, the rest are under 1000). In fact, five of these books have under 10 ratings. If you happen to be curious about the transgender or non-binary experience check them out. Rate them. 


Are you an LGBT ally? What books have helped you understand or support this community?