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Become a Better Therapist! Check out our LGBTQ+ Resources

¡Conviértete en un mejor terapeuta! Consulte nuestros recursos LGBTQ+

Racial and Social Justice Pledge: RECAMFT is committed to equity including addressing structural racism and systemic injustice. We endeavor to be inclusive and value individuals from all ethnicities, ages, races, sexual orientations, genders, languages, abilities, religions, citizenship statuses, and socioeconomic backgrounds into our chapter and into treatment.

We strive to advocate, educate, collaborate, and strategize for positive racial and social justice change within our membership and our community.

Take the pledge and the first step here!

Here are some great resources to check out to help you become a better therapist. 

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We invite you to dedicate yourself to our pledge. Then take the next step of elevating your knowledge to better meet the needs of our community. 

Find out about RECAMFT's Justice Project: LGBTQ+ Affirming Care here

Local Sonoma county programs who focus on LGBTQ+ issues

PFLAG logo PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. Reach the local chapter here, or email them at 

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Positive Images (PI) is an LGBTQIA+ Community Center that provides support to Sonoma County’s LGBTQIA+ population, with an emphasis on identities and individuals at the margins. They provide direct services, advocacy and education. 

  • 200 Montgomery Drive, Suite C, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
  • Tuesday – Friday, 12-5pm
  • Phone: 707-568-5830
  • Email:

Don't miss The Justice Project: LGBTQ+ Affirming Care here

The Trevor Project logoThe Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people. Call, text or online chat available. 

  • 1-866-488-7386

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Here are some videos you can watch to help you become a better therapist! 

"Amend: The Fight for America | Episode 5" is a wonderful history of LGBTQ rights, important legal cases, and finally marriage equality.  (56 min)

President Obama on the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage in the US; "...a victory for gay and lesbian couples who have fought so long for their basic civil rights. " (9 min)

Transgender Rights II: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, 26:32 min.

The Problem With the Gender “Binary” | The Problem With Jon Stewart. Full episode on HBO here

Here are some great books you can read to help you explore LGBTQ+ resources! 

The Collective Oakland has an interesting article about nationwide queer owned bookstores.

Here are some queer owned bookstores:

Asexuality (ACE)

ACE book coverACE What Asexuality...

by Angela Chen

ACE stands for asexual, a person with little to no sexual arousal or desire, and who lacks sexual attraction.   

To honor the focus of our Justice Project in 2023, RECAMFT had a new logo adaptation commissioned by non-binary digital artist, Sol Meade (

Lesbian, Gay, LGBTQ+

The Savvy Ally book cover

The Savvy Ally

by Jeannie Gainsburg

A humorous guide for learning how to be an LGBTQ+ ally. Designed for teachers, counselors, parents, etc.  

Loud & Proud book coverLoud & Proud

by Tea Uglow

40 great speeches by famous names including Audre Lorde, Harvey Milk, Sir Ian McKellen, George Takei, Pres Obama, etc.

Queer (In)Justice book coverQueer (In)Justice

by Joey Mogul, et al.

Authors examine queer criminal archetypes and demonstrate policing of sex and gender further engrains inequalities.   

A Queer History of the US book coverA Queer History of the US

by Michael Bronski

Winner of the 2012 Stonewall Book Award. Author charts LGBT history from 1492 to the 1990s.    

It Gets Better book cover

It Gets Better

by Dan Savage & Terry Miller

NY Times Bestseller, this book has touching stories from LGBTQ+ people about their journeys to adulthood. 

Sister Outsider book cover

Sister Outsider

by Audre Lorde

A collection of 15 essays and speeches which take on all the  -isms. A classic seminal work by Lorde.     

Gay Like Me book cover

Gay Like Me: A Father writes to his son

by Richie Jackson

When the author's son comes out at 15, he writes a love letter to him as a gay parent. 

Transgender, Gender Expansive, Non-binary

Clinicians Guide by S. ChangA Clinician’s Guide to Gender-Affirming Care

by Sand Chang et al.

Navigate this complex field with up-to-date terms. Paints a historical view. 

Transgender History book cover

Transgender History

by Susan Stryker

The author explores history of transgender people from the mid 19th century to modern day examining popular culture.   

She's Not There book coverShe's Not There: A Life in Two Genders

by JF Boylan

First best selling novel by a trans author about her transgender experience. 

Gender Queer book coverGender Queer

by Maia Kobabe

NY Times says Sonoma cty local author's book is the "most banned book in the country". See Wash. Post oped here.. 

Detransition, BabyDetransition, Baby

by Torrey Peters

Best Book of the Year: NYTimes, NPR, Time and more. "One of the most celebrated novels of the year", Time Magazine. 

Becoming EveBecoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman

by Abby Chava Stein

Raised in a Hasidic Jewish community, adult transition. 

Fairest book cover by Meredith TalusanFairest

by Meredith Talusan

Oprah acclaimed memoir of the author's journey with albinism, transition, migrating from the Philippines, graduating Harvard.


Handbook coverHandbook of Consensual Nonmonogamy

by M. Vaughan & T. Burnes

Research-based training on how to work w/ the consensual non-monogamy (CNM) community

Polysecure book cover


by Jessica Fern

Author examines attachment theory in polyamorous relationships (consensual non-monogamy).    

More than Two book coverMore than Two

by Franklin Veaux et al.

A guide to having healthy poly-amorous relationships. The authors discuss hurts, embarrassments inc. success. 

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The Ethical Slut

by J. Hardy & D. Easton

This book has served as a key book on non-monogamy for 20 years. The latest version has been nuanced for millennials.  

LGBTQ+ Intersectionality

You Exist Too Much

by Zaina Arafat

A Palestian-American lesbian girl struggles between worlds as she grows. Oprah named one of the best books of the year.   

Black on Both Sides book coverBlack on Both Sides

by C. Riley Snorton

Multiple awards. Author explores the intersection of blackness and transness both historically and in today's society.

Queer Jihad book coverQueer Jihad

by Afdhere Jama

Born in Somalia, now a film maker in SF, Jama examines LGBTQ and the struggles of the intersection with Muslim faith.

Asegi Stories

Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer & 2-Spirit Memory

by Qwo-Li Driskill

Lambda Award Finalist. "Asegi" is Cherokee for "strange" and translates close to "queer".

Bestiary book coverBestiary

by K-Ming Chang

A novel of 3 generations migration from Taiwan, queer lineage. Oprah-Best book of year, NYT Editors Choice. 

The Pink Triangle book coverThe Pink Triangle

by Richard Plant

The author was a gay German refugee from WWII. He describes in detail the suffering of those wearing pink triangles.   

Fearing the Black Body book coverFearing the Black Body

by Sabrina Strings

Multiple sociology awards. Author argues fat phobia stems from racist, classist and anti-feminist viewpoints.

A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder

by Ma-Nee Chacaby

Part of "Critical Studies in Native American History" series. 

The Last One

by Fatima Daas

Author is a young Muslim lesbian growing up in a tough neighborhood in Paris. Multiple awards.   

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