Gayle E. Pitman, Ph.D.

Children's Author

Gayle E. Pitman, PhD, is a professor of psychology and women and gender studies at Sacramento City College. Her teaching and writing focuses on gender and sexual orientation, and she has worked extensively with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, both as an educator and an activist. A frequent speaker at K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and professional conferences on topics related to gender and sexual orientation, she has been featured in publications ranging from School Library Journal to The Advocate.

Her debut picture book, This Day in June, won the 2015 ALA Stonewall Award, was a Rainbow Top Ten pick, and was honored with an IRA Notable.

Gayle’s picture book biography of the famous lesbian couple Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin –* one of 9 New LGBT Children’s Books Every Kid Should Read (A Mighty Girl Book for Pride Month) -- When You Look Out the Window and the “energetic and engaging … excellent” (SLJ; starred) Feminism From A to Z, targeted to tween/teens, have recently been released. Two additional picture books including A Church For All, about an LGBT-inclusive church based on Glide Memorial in San Francisco, and Sewing the Rainbow, about Gilbert Baker and the creation of the rainbow flag, are upcoming.