Books, DVDs, organizations...

Resources for LGBT persons, parents, allies

Following are just a few of the resources to help us learn about LGBT persons and about why being inclusive is important to all of us. If you discover a resource that is not listed that you feel will add to the collection, please contact wishartdjme@yahoo.com with your suggestion.  Through a generous donation of a former parishioner, we have expanded the collection in the STA library. The Ames Public Library has an extensive collection of books and media related to this topic. The current Library of Congress search term, "homosexuality," will lead you to the resources in most libraries, including our parish library.

People

Members of St. Thomas willing to discuss LGBT situations.   We have several priests and lay people who have had experience with LGBT situations who would be willing to discuss your concerns. Please contact wishartdjme@yahoo.com to be connected with a person sensitive to your questions.

Publications

These and many other books and pamphlets can be found on the Belonging shelf of the STA library and are available for checkout.  Soon you will be able to access the complete collection through our on-line library page.

"Always Our Children-a statement of the Bishops' Committee on Marriage and Family"
Published by National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1997, Washington, D.C. ISBN 1-57455-131-0 Copies available in STA bookracks for your use.

"Be not afraid...help is on the way!"
This publication is to assist people who wish to become allies...education on vocabulary, appropriate activities to support LGBT persons etc. Straight For Equality

"The Bible Tells Me So"
A 90-minute DVD featuring several families and their responses to their gay children. Responses vary from very supportive to alienating. This program devotes considerable time to the role of various Christian denominations in teaching negative attitudes toward gays.

"Through My Eyes"
A 45-minute DVD featuring several young people from the United States and Canada. The youth talk about their up-bringing, their discovery of being gay, and reactions of their churches and families.

 

Organizations

GLSEN-Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educational Network
Works to ensure safe schools for all (K-12)

Iowa State University student support services
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Student Services (LGBTSS) is a safe space for all members of the university community to explore aspects of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in an open and non-judgmental atmosphere. LGBTSS is committed to providing information and education that enhances the educational experience and overall quality of student life on the Iowa State University campus. LGBTSS and its staff work to promote advocacy, support, visibility, and diversity through programming, a variety of services, and referral. Brad Freihofer is the director.

PFLAG National
Parents and friends of lesbian and gay persons

PFLAG Ames
Meets every month, second Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Paul Room at Youth and Shelter Services Bldg., 5th and Kellogg. E-mail is pflagames@yahoo.com. Their purpose is education and support for LGBT persons and allies.

Archdiocese of Dubuque

Contact Fr. Jerry Kopacek at (563) 556-1054 or by email at DBQSPXSD@dbqarch.org to learn more about the archdiocesan Courage/Encourage Ministry.