Gayle E. Pitman Ph.D.
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About Gayle E. Pitman Ph.D.
By day, Gayle E. Pitman teaches psychology and women's studies at Sacramento City College. By night, she writes children's books and engages in other forms of subversive creativity. Her debut picture book, THIS DAY IN JUNE, won the 2015 ALA Stonewall Award, it was chosen as a Top Ten pick on the GLBTRT's Rainbow List, and it won the Notable Books for a Global Society award. Her newest book, WHEN YOU LOOK OUT THE WINDOW, tells the story of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin. Gayle lives with her partner and child in Northern California.
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Gilbert loved visiting his grandmother’s clothing store. He’d sit next to her while she sewed and draw beautiful gowns and costumes. Gilbert dreamed of someday bringing these drawings to life. But one day, his father took away his art supplies and tore up his drawings. Surrounded by building blocks and Erector sets, sports gear and slingshots, Gilbert’s colorful, sparkly, glittery personality started to fade, and he, too, became gray and dull and ﬂat, just like the Kansas landscape. “When I grow up,” he dreamed, “I’ll go somewhere that’s ﬁlled with color.”
Gilbert Baker always knew he wanted a life full of color and sparkle. In his small, gray, flat Kansas hometown, he helped his grandma sew and created his own art whenever he could. It wasn’t easy; life tried over and over again to make Gilbert conform. But his sparkle always shone through. He dreamed of someday going somewhere as vibrant and colorful as he was.
Set against the backdrop of San Francisco during the gay rights movement of the 1970s, Gilbert’s story unfolds just like the flag he created: in a riot of color, joy, and pride. Today the flag is everywhere, even in the small town where Gilbert grew up!
Includes a Reader Note that provides more in-depth discussion of the beginnings of the gay rights movement and a more detailed look into Gilbert Baker's place in our shared history.
Most mommies are girls. Most daddies are boys. But lots of parents are neither a boy nor a girl. Like my Maddy.
My Maddy has hazel eyes which are not brown or green. And my Maddy likes sporks because they are not quite a spoon or a fork.
Some of the best things in the world are not one thing or the other. They are something in between and entirely their own.
Randall Ehrbar, PsyD, offers an insightful note with more information about parents who are members of gender minority communities, including transgender, gender non-binary, or otherwise gender diverse people.
A church where all are welcome.
On Sunday morning, we gather together. We are every color. Every age. Rich and poor. Our church is open, affirming, and accepting. We believe in love instead of hate. There's room for everyone! This book celebrates a spiritual community that embraces all people—no matter their age, race, class, gender identity, or sexual orientation—in love and faith.
“She’s another Eleanor Roosevelt. You’ve got to meet her.”--Sam From
This evocative biography tells the story of Evelyn Hooker, the extraordinary woman behind the research, advocacy, and allyship that led to the removal of the “Homosexuality” diagnosis from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. A pioneering psychologist, Hooker was also a poet herself and a towering figure in LGBTQ+ rights. Written by Stonewall award-winning author Gayle Pitman, Hooker’s groundbreaking work is captured like never before.
At the end of the book, a “Note to Readers” provides information about how to be an effective ally to LGBTQ+ people; other endmatter included are a timeline, discussion questions, reading list, and additional resources, written by Sarah Prager.
Silver medal, 2017 Foreword INDIES Awards
*“Pitman does an excellent job of making complex topics understandable and relatable while providing tips on actions people can take to bring more equality to the world. A great purchase for both public and high school libraries.” —School Library Journal Starred Review
Dive into Feminism From A to Z for an accessible primer on history, current events, and essential issues through the lens of feminist theory and perspective. Not only will you learn something about yourself, your community, your people, and your world, you will discover kick-ass call-to-action suggestions and resources to take your feminism to a higher level!
A book for all teens — no matter what gender you are — about feminism: what it is, what it means, and how to do it...from A to Z.Written by the author of the Stonewall Award-winning book, This Day in June, Feminism From A to Z is an alphabetical primer on feminism for teen girls. Each chapter examines a topic that offers call-to-action exercises incorporated into each lesson. Includes an introduction to readers on how to use the book and an alphabetical list of ways to take feminist action.
From the introduction:
So many girls and women don’t have easy access to the tools of feminism. In fact, if we learn about feminism at all, it probably won’t be until after we finish high school. And that is a shame. Imagine how different life would be if, at the age of 13 and suddenly faced with casual sexism for the first time, you had a strong grasp of feminist principles and a hefty feminist toolbox at your fingertips? Let’s be more specific. Here are some situations where feminism can be really helpful:
- If you’ve ever felt “fat.”
- If you’ve ever been pressured to do something you didn’t want to do, or that went against your values.
- If you’ve ever been afraid to speak up.
- If you’ve ever been bullied—or been a bully.
- If your confidence has ever felt shaky.
- If you’ve ever felt unwelcome because of who you are.