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Allies wanted – this article poses a string of provocative situations and in each case asks, “What would a queer ally do?” They would be GREAT discussion starters in a class or a Gay-Straight Alliance meeting. http://www.peak.sfu.ca/the-peak/2000-1/issue6/allies.html

“Be An Ally, Be A Friend” resource guide – from GLAAD, the Gay, Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. It includes sections on: 10 Ways to be an Ally & a Friend; Is your child gay?; Teen & student allies; Stop anti-gay violence & bullies; Images in the media; When your mom or dad is gay; The workplace & LGBT issues; Equal rights, not special rights; Faith issues; Straight spouses; Concerns about HIV/AIDS; Additional Online Resources; Books. http://www.glaad.org/ally

Be an Ally to Gays & Lesbians – provides specific suggestions for supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people; discusses comfort levels, assumptions and stereotypes; offers a plan for backing GLBT people. Brochure number 061; 32 cents each for 50 brochures; single copy as free sample. http://pub.etr.org/ProductDetails.aspx?id=100000001&prodid=061

A Straight Guide to GLBT Americans (pdf format) – from PFLAG and HRC – written for straight people walks you through the emotional spectrum that people typically feel after someone comes out to them, outlines myths and facts about GLBT people, and gives easy ways for straight people to learn more and demonstrate their support for GLBT Americans. http://pflag.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Support/straightguideWEB.pdf

Transgender Issues, Terms & Definitions – this page from the GSA Network is specifically for Gay-Straight Alliances, but useful for everyone. http://www.gsanetwork.org/resources/trans.html

When a Friend Comes Out to You – on the Ally website at Texas A&M University, adapted from a flyer by the Youth Service Bureau of Wellington, Ottawa. http://allies.tamu.edu/resources/comesout.htm