The Savvy Ally


A Guide for Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate

by Jeannie Gainsburg

Bursting with passion and humor, The Savvy Ally: A Guide for Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate is a treasure trove for allies to the LGBTQ+ communities. This fully revised second edition includes:

  • The most current information on identities and LGBTQ+ language
  • Tips for respectfully sharing, gathering, and using pronouns
  • LGBTQ+ etiquette, including common language bloopers to avoid
  • Tools for navigating difficult conversations
  • Best practices for creating LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces
  • Appropriate actions to take after messing up
  • Techniques for self-care and sustainable allyship

The Savvy Ally is a vital resource for teachers, mental health professionals, healthcare providers, college professors, faith leaders, family members, and friends who want to support and advocate for the LGBTQ+ people in their lives and help make the world a safer, more inclusive place. This informative, encouraging, and easy-to-understand guidebook will jump-start even the most tentative ally.

100% of the royalties from the first year of sales of this 2nd edition will be donated to nonprofit organizations working to build a safer and more inclusive world for LGBTQ+ people.

Paperback | 286 pages| Rowman & Littlefield Publishers | 2023

Jeannie Gainsburg is an award-winning educational trainer and consultant in the field of LGBTQ+ inclusion and effective allyship. Formerly the Education Director at the Out Alliance of Rochester, N.Y., she is the founder of Savvy Ally Action. Jeannie has a BA in psychology from Brown University and an MA in social work and social research from Bryn Mawr College. 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. Her encouraging, passionate, and warm-hearted approach will jumpstart even the most tentative ally.

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