Every so often I run into someone who is unfamiliar with skepticism, or at least the skeptic movement as we know it. Each time, I find myself giving the brief explanation that we encourage critical thinking and try our best to combat misinformation when we see it. Then, if the person is interested in more, I tell them to read The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan, because it’s the best introduction to skepticism I’ve come across.
Introductions to other topics are a bit trickier. I find I’m met with blank stares when I try to explain things like fluid sexuality, polyamory, or the difference between a trans woman and a drag queen (seriously). It’s a little bit outside the realm of things that most people ever think about, let alone try to understand.
So what do you recommend? Are there any good books I should read or recommend to others? How do I get through to people who have no familiarity with LGBTQ issues at all?