Books for Pride Month from Mango Publishing

Motherhood Moment celebrates with pride and these Mango books on educating the population about the LGBTQ community.

I recently had a chance to review several books from Mango Publishing that are all very timely for Pride Month. Regardless of where you stand on LGBTQ+ issues, it is always good to be informed and understanding.

Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child

To be completely blunt, this is a book that shouldn’t need to be written. There should be absolutely no reason to ever stop loving your child. That being said, this book does a very good, gentle job of reminding readers that what their kids need most is love. Each chapter ends with very concise do’s and don’t’s, and there are specific examples that can help parents see the experiences of other LGBTQ+ kids. There are also tips on how to advocate for your child so that they can feel welcome and not alienated in other places, such as with extended family or at school.

The ABC’s of LGBT+ 

This book is clearly designed for teens and young adults. It’s matter-of-fact and easy to read, and has an illustration and language style that is much less academic than some other explanatory books. For teens who aren’t sure where they stand, to teens who want to know more about the words other people use to describe themselves, this book explains this in a way that they’ll understand well.

We Make It Better The LGBTQ Community and Their Positive Contributions to Society

This was a very intriguing book to read, and profiled many people who have made significant contributions in a wide variety of fields. The biographies were short and easy to read, and can provide role models for people looking for them in the LGBTQ community, or increase awareness of contributions by people who are LGBTQ.


A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child

Tips from a mother with experience. Author Telaina Eriksen, a professor at Michigan State University and the mother of a gay daughter, explains what she and her husband have learned through experience, including how to deal with gay children coming out, tips on confronting bullying of gay children, guidance on becoming an advocate for gay children, and advice on building a support system in a gay family.

Gender dysphoria and other concerns. Eriksen also covers the science on gender and how to help a transgender child through the various stages of development. Throughout the book parents and kids who have been there, share their stories. She also directs gay family parents to various resources online for help.

The ABC’s of LGBT+

Understanding gender identity and gender dysphoria. The 21st Century has seen very positive movement for LGBT+ rights. The overturning of DOMA, the SCOTUS ruling in favor of the Marriage Equality Act, American transgender politicians elected to office, and landmark moments such as Apple becoming the most valuable company in the world under the leadership of an openly gay CEO have advanced LGBT awareness and understanding.

The trusted voice of Ash Hardell. We are living in a post-binary world where gender fluency and awareness of gender identity and a real understanding of our LGBT family is essential. Ash Hardell, one of the most trusted voices on YouTube, presents a detailed look at all things LGBT+ in this remarkable book. Along with in-depth definitions, personal anecdotes, helpful infographics, resources, and more; Hardell’s LGBT book is proof it does get better every day in a world where people are empowered by information and understanding.

We Make It Better

The LGBTQ Community and Their Positive Contributions to Society

A stirring look at LGBT history. LGBT people have always played important roles in society. They have served their country, served in office, pushed for the protection of human rights, and have impacted all fields of study, sport, art, and industry. Meet some of the most famous thinkers and changers in history from Bayard Rustin, Alan Turing, Dr. Sally Ride, and Oscar Wilde to present-day innovators and world changers such as Billie Jean King, Jason Collins, Ellen DeGeneres, Tim Cook, the Wachowski sisters, Sir Ian McKellen and more.

Positivity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and adults. More than a “who’s who” of LGBT history, We Make It Better is a vibrant chronicle of the events in history where the LGBT community came together to fight for equality and save lives. Learn how the community came together during the HIV/AIDs crisis, fought for marriage equality, protested discrimination, and pushed for progressive change throughout the years. Learn about the events, places, people, and beliefs that are all causes for pride and celebration.

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