How to Teach Kids to be Kind to Gay People

***** UPDATED JULY 2022 *****

This quick-read handbook focuses on LGBTQ equality by providing instructions for parents to teach kids how to be an LGBTQ+ ally. You’ll find step-by-step guidance for:

– Subtly learning your child’s true opinion of LGBTQ equality
– Responding to common LGBTQ questions
– Explaining the ABCs of LGBTQ
– Selecting family media that supports respect for the LGBTQ community
– Raising kind kids
– Learning how to talk so kids will listen

All instructions are written succinctly. Unlike typically long-winded parenting books, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Parent Guidebooks are intentionally concise to help busy parents find answers quickly.

Note: DEI is NOT going away – it’s time to prepare children for their future.


Meet Trish Allison

Raising two children in a 1990s same-sex family (way before modern “acceptance”), gave Trish a unique perspective on the importance of teaching kids that EVERYONE deserves kindness and respect.

She combined her experience as a parent of two grown equality-enlightened kids, her career as a technical/procedural writer, hundreds of hours of child psychology research, a degree in English from U.C. Berkeley, and a long-ignored passion to write something meaningful — into a collection of social-justice parenting handbooks.

Arkham Anonymous

As you walk into the basement, people sitting in a circle tell stories of cosmic horrors. Stories that cannot and should not be told depict a man stuck inside a never-ending nightmare. The dream filled with horrors embodies; a college student searching for the nameless church only to find oblivion, an assassin sent to kill a demonic rabbit and a young, trans woman kidnapped for sacrifice to an underground cult. The stories defy all comprehension. Welcome to Arkham Anonymous.

Meet Antoinette M Cancelliere

Ani Cancelliere lives in Banshee, PA. She lives with her partner, 6 cats and two bunnies

Mother Savant

2244. The all-female society of Arkite is on the brink of revolution. Supreme leader Elise Jackson has spent the last two years trying to repair her lover’s damaged body and mind, but the Savant Council has no interest in squandering the city’s resources for Elise’s personal gain. Only the return of the Mother Savant can hope to maintain order.

Meet A.L. Hawke

A.L. Hawke is the author of the internationally bestselling Hawthorne University Witch series. The author lives in Southern California torching the midnight candle over lovers against a backdrop of machines, nymphs, magic, spice and mayhem. A.L. Hawke writes fantasy and romance spanning four thousand years, from pre-civilization to contemporary and beyond.

Before

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW “especially and unreservedly” recommends BEFORE, a Novel for community library General Fiction collections! “A deftly-crafted blending of coming-of-age and crime fiction…” Think you know the kids next door? Think again! The perfectly charming teens in this New Adult adventure are up to mischief that will make even a bad-boy biker blush! BEFORE, a Novel is a thoughtful and heart-warming blend of Coming-of-Age and Crime Fiction set in small-town America. With just the right mix of sweet and sordid, writer J. Kilburn builds a family, a town, and a tale that will stay in your thoughts long after you finish the book. BEFORE is a fun and edgy novel that follows the adventures and misadventures of Just Regular Kids as they come of age in a pastoral and peaceful college town. Buckle your seatbelts – all may not be as it seems. Events in a far-away Organized Crime empire lurk in the background as these teenagers take their first steps into adulthood. Adventurous readers will discover that two Sweet Sixteens have a lot more in common with hardened criminals than you – or the teens – might realize. Surprises are in store for everyone! Readers’ Favorite calls BEFORE a “hilarious” coming-of-age satire and awards it 5 stars! Independent Book Review recommends BEFORE and says: “… Kilburn weaves this teenage story with threads of secrets…. the tension is thick…. The relationships portrayed here are excellent. There’s an acute portrayal of parental abuse and how it shapes children; the love of a grandma who gives proper advice but gives enough space to make one’s own decision; and the struggle of a parent with a growing child…. Before nails the depiction of a small town with its gossip and rumors.” InD’tale Magazine awards BEFORE 3 stars calls J. Kilburn “a master at writing character development!”

Meet J. Kilburn

J. Kilburn’s narrative style has been compared to those of Joyce Carol Oates, Virginia Wolfe, D.H. Lawrence, Hunter S. Thompson, and Nell Zink. His subjects and almost cinematic descriptions of setting have earned his work comparison to movies and television shows like Sons of Anarchy, Tin Star, Twin Peaks, and Thelma and Louise. Prior to Heaven’s Door, a Novel and BEFORE, Kilburn’s other published work was a feature-length investigative news article that got the whole page in his community newspaper. Kilburn lives a quiet and private life on the shore of America’s sixth Great Lake. He has lived and worked in Vermont, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Minnesota. During these travels, Kilburn has dabbled in law enforcement, private security, emergency medicine, truck driving, and horse-logging. Other occupations have included at-risk youth mentor, big-city process server, park ranger, and industrial wastewater treatment operator. Along the way, he’s pedaled to 14,000 feet above sea-level in a major bicycle race, been marooned overnight on a deserted island, ridden a motorcycle from Chicago to Thunder Bay, and hiked Vermont’s highest peaks to watch sunsets on both the longest and coldest days of the year. He currently maintains plastics processing machinery for a major manufacturing company. When not at work he and his wife enjoy life around a little urban farm complete with greenhouse, garden, and mini-barn. Their current flock is composed of four chickens and a cat named Sierra Feral.

Poems from a girl

A little drop of melancholy, a dose of happiness, surrounded by social walls, yet knocking down barriers, the poet tells her words about her feelings.

Meet Ellyne

Ellyne is an Eastern European indie NA, YA author, poet and wattpader. She is currently publishing her poetry books in English and has already produced three books on the international market. She enjoys talking about important social and political issues and is a committed member of the LGBTQ community.

Junkies, Hookers, Dykes… and Others I Have Known

“It was 1961. John Fitzgerald Kennedy had just been elected President. The Freedom Riders were working to integrate bus stations in the South. Vietnam was a long way from the horror it would become, and I ran off with my daughter’s eighteen-year-old babysitter.”
Actress, switchboard operator, model, encyclopedia sales-girl, wife, mother. Patricia Herd’s life in 1960s California was unusual, but she was a “good girl” with dreams of stardom. Married to a struggling actor and raising a newborn, Herd saw her own dreams of being an actress stifled. Deep within her was an attraction to the dangerous and the wild, an attraction that would break free and lead Patricia into the counter-culture of the period – a world filled with Junkies, Hookers, and Dykes.

But this is also the story of Patricia’s Texas childhood, and she delves deep into the unhappy lives of her parents and how that relationship shaped her own life, personality, and decisions.

Junkies, Hookers, Dykes … And Others I Have Known is a unique snapshot of mid-20th Century America, told with humor and insight.

Patricia Herd has been a teacher, an actress and, at age 86, an emerging writer. She currently has a screenplay in development and is working on a novel based on her mother’s life. She lives in Los Angeles.

Abundantly Attractive

A rescued by a handsome stranger, gay romantic comedy full of mishaps with dogs, cats, rats and reindeer.

Meet Tonwand North

I write gay mm fiction with a focus on the gay-for-you, bi-awakening tropes. Most of my stories are first-person, contain profanity, and the humour includes comic/exaggerated events.

The Young Gods

In this post-adolescent coming-of-age story, a depressed millennial uses her new and devastating powers to ensure that she will never be lonely (or bored) again. After grappling with her overbearing family, her suddenly ambiguous sexuality, her deep desire for independence, and her growing cynicism, Estella Edgehill suffers an accidental overdose. In the afterlife, she is informed that the Gods of old are retiring, and she has been chosen as a replacement. Upon returning to life, she leaves home and meets the boy and girl of her dreams. Together, the three embark on several misadventures, from a shoplifting spree aided by their burgeoning powers at a futuristic shopping mall, to attending a lavish forest party hosted by hipster ghosts, to an encounter with a student-devouring, spectral Wraith on their college campus. On top of the supernatural alterations in the world, Estella must contend with her attachment to her writing teacher, an aging literary titan whose bitterness is only outmatched by his cruelty, and her attraction to her forty-something-year-old neighbor, who is unhappily married to her husband. Relationships are tough, and growing up is hard to do, even for the Gods.

Meet Victoria Ruben

Victoria Ruben lives in Clermont, Florida. THE YOUNG GODS is her fourth novel, and it may or may not be part of a series.

The Happy Couple

What happens when Teri gets the medallion from one of her co-workers and she brings it home to her boyfriend Sam? I think you can only imagine! Well, you don’t have to because it’s all right here!

Meet MORPHEUS JUDGE

Morpheus is an award-winning author whose works focus only gay and it transformation. His work has been praised in Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, and he contributes to many other sites.

Bride of the Crimson Queen

Kami, a novice fire sorceress, never wanted to fight. She already lost her mother, the great fire sorceress Arkemi, to the forces of darkness. While the world sees a fallen hero, Kami is riddled with regret and bitterness—struggling to understand what she died for.
Although heroes may persevere, darkness never truly fades; it merely waits for a chance to return. The Crimson Queen, a powerful vampire that once laid claim to Kami’s town, Fortuna, is back. Struck with fear, the townspeople prepare to evacuate. Alice, Kami’s best friend and vampire hunter, urges her to follow suit. She warns her that the Queen’s power is too great for them to challenge on their own. The Crimson Queen’s formidable power is also augmented by the legions of minions who assist her in her dirty business. Kami refuses, unable to leave her home—the last remaining link she has to her late mother.
But danger travels fast. Alice is bitten by one of the Queen’s vampire minions. Unless that vampire is destroyed within seven days, Alice will become their mindless servant. Unwilling to lose someone else she loves, Kami decides to join a group of hunters hired by the town’s Mayor to eradicate the Queen for good.
These minions have powers Kami’s never seen before and the skills to match it. Will her unwavering determination and raw strength be enough to save her friend and town in the process? She may have less than seven days to find out.


Meet Keri Moore

Keri Moore is the author of “The Fox Demon’s Kiss.” She works for the city by day and writes novels during her spare time. She received a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Smith College and a master’s degree in International Affairs and Global Justice from Brooklyn College. She was born and raised in Brooklyn where she currently calls home. When she’s not writing, she can be found curled up in bed reading a book, cooking, taking walks through Prospect Park, watching Japanese animation, reading a manga, or taking a much needed catnap.