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Best Book Ever

Jan 31, 2022

Chris Angel Murphy (they/them) is a queer, trans, and nonbinary LGBTQ+ educator and consultant living in Denver, CO, but is originally from Los Angeles, CA. They have a background in social work and LGBTQ+ community organizing. Chris Angel started LGBTQ+ community organizing as a freshman in high school back in 2001 and has been speaking and presenting on various topics ever since. They also have their own podcast, Allyship is a Verb, in which they interview LGBTQ+ community members from various lived experiences and backgrounds. In addition to all that, Chris Angel is just a great conversationalist, fearless when it comes to tackling difficult subjects with love and compassion. I loved this conversation with them, and fell wildly in love with their Best Book Ever, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky. WHAT a book!

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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Chris Angel Murphy

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Discussed in this episode:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Animorphs series

The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self Love by Jonathan Van Ness (Julie’s note: JVN narrates the audiobook version of this book; if you aren’t in love with them yet, you for sure will be after you listen to it!)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Sissy: A Coming of Gender Story by Jacob Tobia



Discussed in our Patreon Exclusive clip


Raising LGBTQ Allies: A Parents’ Guide to Changing the Messages from the Playground by Chris Tompkins


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