Before I decided to write fiction, I was a psychologist for 25 years. I’ve always been drawn to the process of self-discovery and personal transformation – first as a therapist, and now as a writer. Our culture often makes this process extremely difficult for people on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, and I hope my writing can help.
As I write each post for my blog, I’m drawn to the same underlying themes. My blog includes a body of work on LGBTQ issues, which focus on different aspects of self-discovery, personal transformation and ally support.
Below is a “hit list” of these posts.
Thanks for reading!
Written in support of trans students, and to try to help people understand why bathroom issues are so harmful.
“More Bathroom Bills”
A trans ally is fed up with bathroom bills.
“GLSEN 100 Days Of Kindness”
In high school, a friend stopped a bullying incident with one simple question.
“Amy vs. Chapter 37 — GLSEN No Name Calling Week”
Writing as a form of healing from words used as weapons.
“GLSEN Ally Week — Let’s Open The Conversation”
A 91-year-old woman’s path to becoming an LGBT ally.
“Use Restroom, Wash Hands, Leave”
Written in response to HB2, signed by North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory.
“Confused Children (Or Not…)”
In support of same-sex parents.
A celebration of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold same-sex marriage.
“LGBT Pride Month: Yale Has Come A Long Way”
An experience in college that taught me how to be a better ally.
“LGBT Pride Month: I Wish He Had Told Me”
About a boy I knew when I was in high school, who didn’t feel safe coming out.
Written in response to the homophobic Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence.
In support of gay dads and lesbian moms — addresses some common concerns and misconceptions.
“If My Child Came Out As Trans”
To help families handle this situation with togetherness and support.
“Heartbeat of AIDS”
About being a psych trainee, in San Francisco, in the early 1980s, trying to figure out why healthy young men were inexplicably dying.
“Spectrum Of Normal”
A perspective on the LGBTQIA spectrum.
“Everyone Can Be An Ally”
The bullying incident in high school that motivated me to write my first novel.
“Two Weddings And A Novel”
How my first novel was influenced by Gavin Newsom’s legalizing same-sex marriage in San Francisco.
“All Love Is Created Equal”
A a child, realizing that gay and straight couples were viewed differently.
“They Came Out And Gay Fills The Room”
Support for families when a daughter or son comes out, and suddenly all the parents can see is GAY.
“When Your Daughter Or Son Comes Out”
Support for families, a model of togetherness.
“Speak Gay With Pride”
About the homophobic expression “It’s so gay”, and how parents can handle it.
“Reading Guides for Hollywood High: Achieve The Honorable and Tightwire”
Both of my novels have LGBTQ themes central to the plots. Without the gay and lesbian characters, the stories could not exist. As I wrote the reading guides, I included several questions inviting readers to share their experiences. Understanding diverse perspectives creates a path to acceptance and support. Let’s open the conversation.
Amy Kaufman Burk is an author and blogger. Her first novel, Hollywood High: Achieve The Honorable, was written in reaction to seeing gay students bullied in high school, and follows one family’s journey after their daughter comes out. Her second novel, Tightwire, includes a strong friendship between a gay man and a straight man, as well as two women, a couple raising 2 children, who become role model parents to the main character. Amy’s blog has several posts in strong support of LGBTQ+. Check out Amy’s website to find links to her blog and her novels on Amazon.