Savvy Ally. LGBTQ guidebook

When Jeannie Gainsburg first began her journey as an active ally to the LGBTQ+ communities 2 decades ago, she was very worried that she would mess up and accidentally offend someone. She wanted a guidebook telling her what to say, what not to say, and offering practical tips for creating a more LGBTQ+ inclusive world. That book didn’t exist.

After 20 years of working as an educational trainer and consultant in the field of LGBTQ+ inclusion and effective allyship, Jeannie can now write that guidebook, and she did! The Savvy Ally: A Guide for Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate, published by Rowman & Littlefield in March 2020, is an enjoyable, humorous, encouraging, easy to understand guidebook for being an ally to the LGBTQ+ communities. It is loaded with useful tools for creating LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces and advocating for change. The book includes:

  • Current and relevant information on identities and LGBTQ+ language
  • Tips for what to say and what not to say when someone comes out to you
  • LGBTQ+ etiquette and techniques for respectful conversations
  • Common bloopers to avoid
  • Tools for effectively navigating difficult conversations
  • Suggestions for addressing common questions and concerns
  • Actions for creating more LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces
  • Recommendations for self-care and sustainable allyship

The Savvy Ally is an engaging and entertaining read, filled with fun facts and pop quizzes, like this one.


What does “pansexual” mean?

A)   The person is potentially sexually attracted to Disney characters.

B)   The person is potentially sexually attracted to cookware.

C)   The person is potentially sexually attracted to anyone, regardless of gender.

Answer: Guess you’ll have to read the book to find out. Muwhahaha! (evil laugh)

This book is useful for teachers, health and mental health professionals, faith leaders, and college professors, as well as parents who want to be supportive of their LGBTQ+ child, but don’t know how. This informative, fun, and supportive guidebook will surely jump-start even the most tentative ally.

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