Here are some publications from the PFLAG website that are free for you to download. They are in PDF format.
Our Trans Children, Fifth Edition
This is the newest version of the PFLAG Transgender Network (TNET) cornerstone publication.
Our Daughters and Sons: Questions and Answers for Parents of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual People
One of our most popular publications, this is a "must read" for parents who are forming new and honest relationships with a loved one who has come out to them.
Be Yourself: Questions and Answers for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth
This publication offers a supportive approach to common questions asked by teens who may be questioning their sexual orientation.
Faith in Our Families: Parents, Families and Friends Talk About Religion and Homosexuality
By using personal experiences, this publication provides examples for reconciling your faith with the knowledge that a loved one is gay.
Opening the Straight Spouses' Closet
Finding out a spouse is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered can be difficult. Questions about sexual orientation, fidelity, self-esteem and fear often go unanswered.
From Our House to the Schoolhouse: A Safe Schools Publication
Making schools safe for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth is an important part of PFLAG's work. Facts about anti-gay harassment in schools and important legal landmarks are detailed in this booklet for educators. Resources and a "safe schools checklist" are also included.
Stacey L. Williams, Ph. D.
Department of Psychology
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN 37614
Joan LePage, MSW, LCSW
Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
Evolutions Counseling Centre
600 E. Unake Avenue
Johnson City, TN 37601
Charles W. Lewis II
Visiting Asst. Professor of Sociology
Greeneville, TN 37743
Steven M. Shulruff, M.D.
Associate Professor and Clinic Director
Coordinator of Psychotherapy Training
Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavorial Sciences, ETSU
James H. Quillen College of Medicine
Johnson City, TN 37614-1707
Ray A. White, LPC-MHSP
Walters State Community College
Greeneville & Morristown
Roger Stout- 218-C
10 ways to become an ally
Download the Straight for Equality Guide
There are literally hundreds of ways that you can show support as a straight ally -- from the way that you respond in conversations to what companies you support to which legislators you elect.
Here are 10 simple ways to get started.
Become informed about the realities, challenges and issues affecting the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people’s lives through websites, books, documentaries, and educational materials.
Be open about having GLBT friends, family or acquaintances that you value, respect, and are grateful to have in your life. When you talk about them, don’t omit the fact that they are GLBT.
Speak up when you hear derogatory slurs or jokes and don’t use them yourself.
Ask if you are unsure how a GLBT friend, family member or acquaintance would like their significant other to be referred to or introduced, rather than avoiding acknowledgment of the relationship.
Help your kids learn about and appreciate all different kinds of families. Be mindful of the day-to-day messages that they are receiving about GLBT people and issues in school, from friends, and on TV and talk about what they encounter with them.
Quit or don’t join organizations that overtly discriminate. Let them know why you are leaving or not joining in the first place.
Support GLBT-owned and GLBT-friendly businesses.
Encourage and support company policies and programs that promote a positive work environment for GLBT employees at your workplace. If your company has a GLBT network group, join and encourage them to include straight allies so more people can be openly supportive of their work.
Write letters to the editor of your newspaper to comment as a straight ally on why you support respectful and equal treatment for GLBT people.
Call, write, e-mail, or visit public policy makers and let them know that as a straight person who votes, you support laws that extend equal rights and protections to GLBT people.
And here's one more...
If you haven't already, take the Straight for Equality Pledge and get a friend (or two) to do the same!