• Raising LGBTQ Allies
Let’s Talk About It - The LGBTQIA Community

The Alumni Association has established a Social Justice Series within its Book Club program called “Let’s Talk About It.” The series is meant to engage community members in conversations regarding a particular social theme. A selection of books was voted on and three of them were chosen for this series called The LGBTQIA Community. We gather a group of panelists who have read the book to drive the conversation. As a participant, you do not necessarily have to have read the book to engage in the discussion as the conversation tends to grow beyond the book. Participants are encouraged to submit comments and questions.

The panelists are:

  • Chris Tompkins, Author
  • Kevin Moore ’99, Plano Independent School District
  • Sara McCutchen ’96, Assistant Principal, Plano Independent School District

ABOUT THE BOOK:

No matter who we are or where we come from, we all play on the same playground. There are certain collective societal messages we hear growing up that we either consciously or subconsciously believe. As a result, we develop certain belief systems from which we operate our lives. Raising LGBTQ Allies sheds light on the deeper, multi-faceted layers of homophobia. It opens up a conversation with parents around the possibility they may have an LGBTQ child, and shows how heteronormativity can be harmful if not addressed clearly and early. Although not every parent will have an LGBTQ child, their child will jump rope or play tag with a child who is LGBTQ. By showing readers the importance of having open and authentic conversations with children at a young age, Chris Tompkins walks parents through the many ways they can prevent new generations from adopting homophobic and transphobic beliefs, while helping them explore their own subconscious biases. Offering specific actions parents, family members, and caregivers can take to help navigate conversations, address heteronormativity, and challenge societal beliefs, Raising LGBTQ Allies serves as a guide to help normalize being LGBTQ from a young age. Creating allies and a world where closets don’t exist happens one child at a time. And it begins with each of us and what we say, as much as what we choose not to say.