The Savvy Ally: A Guide for Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.42 inches | 0.61 pounds

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About the Author
Jeannie Gainsburg is an educational trainer and consultant in the field of LGBTQ+ inclusion and effective allyship. Formerly the Education Director at the Out Alliance in Rochester, New York, she has personally facilitated or cofacilitated more than five hundred trainings and workshops in more than twenty different states at corporations, colleges, government agencies, K-12 schools, hospitals, faith communities, and more. She was under the impression that a citation was the result of driving too fast until January of 2019, when she received one from the New York State Assembly for Distinguished Educational & Human Rights Services for her work in promoting LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion. Visit her website and download free ally goodies at:
This is it. You found it--the very best guide on how not to make mistakes with LGBTQ+ employees, customers, students, congregants, patients, and family members. If you want to be an effective ally for LGBTQ+ people, buy and read The Savvy Ally. I very enthusiastically endorse this book.--Brian McNaught, named by The New York Times "The Godfather of Gay Diversity Training"
This is a beautiful book. A necessary book. An unputdownable book. Please read this book.--Alison Smith, Lambda Literary Award Winner and author of Name All the Animals
If you want to support LGBTQ+ people but no one has ever taught you how, this is the book for you. Written in an accessible and entertaining style, The Savvy Ally is filled with useful scenarios, tips, and examples to help you transition from well-intentioned bystander to effective and informed advocate.--Robyn Ochs, named by Teen Vogue as one of "9 Bisexual Women Who are Making History"
This book is long overdue and I loved reading it! It is a call to action in a positive, optimistic and engaging way - a masterful blend of information, personal stories, humor and serious content. This is much more than just an informative book. It is designed to build skills that can be translated into ongoing, meaningful action. If you want to be an effective LBGTQ+ ally, buy this book. It won't just sit on your shelf. You'll use it every day!--Mike Streeter, executive director, Workforce Diversity Network
The Savvy Ally provides a successful foray into the confusing and ever-changing world of being an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. The thoughtful definitions, the various analogies, and the personal examples used to clarify issues are always helpful and often brilliant. Clearly, Gainsburg's many years of "operating in solidarity with" the LGBTQ+ community have provided her with the necessary insight to create such a useful tool. I am grateful for such a perceptive and kindhearted book!--Matthew Burns, Dean of Students, University of Rochester
The Savvy Ally is a read for everyone. It is one of the best tutorials I've read that offers key insights into LGBTQ communities while offering practical guidance and action-oriented tips that will help allies become more culturally competent, respectful and impactful in their interactions, both personally and in business.--Joseph L. Searles, Corporate Diversity Relations Director, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
I love the compassionate sentiment that is weaved through this book that being an ally doesn't mean you have to be perfect, it means being able to acknowledge when a mistake is made and then trying your best to be better. If you truly want to be an ally, The Savvy Ally will lead the way through real life examples, questions that make you go hmm. . . and 'what if' scenarios. Thank you Jeannie Gainsburg for supporting my ally journey!--Kimberly Braithwaite, Senior Human Resource Manager, Barilla America Inc. and one of Diversity Journal's 2019 "Women Worth Watching"
Our Active Ally workshops on campus are full of folks who genuinely want to be great allies but lack the information and more importantly the confidence to step proudly into that role. The Savvy Ally is a book I will recommend again and again for its thoughtful approach to gaining knowledge, skill and confidence. It's a much needed tool in our box!--Kelly Clark, director of the Q Center, Binghamton University