Resource Roundup: For Teachers Looking to Learn About the LGBTQ Community


Resource Roundup: For Teachers Looking to Learn About the LGBTQ Community

by Grace Manger

I teach community college developmental English in a teeny tiny South Carolina town. This year the focus for our annual conference is inclusion of all students. Can you recommend books, websites, etc that would help inclusion of LGBT students? Thank you in advance. Keep fighting the good fight!
— Anonymous

Grace Says:

Hi there! Thanks so much for a) making the effort to include LGBT folks in your classroom and b) reaching out for help to do so!!

Based on your question, I understand that you’re looking for resources specifically to help teachers be more inclusive of LGBTQ students in their classrooms. However, I think the first step in all of this is to ensure you and your colleagues are as knowledgeable as can be on the LGBTQ community in general and the issues that folks within the community face. Going back to the basics will ensure that everyone at the conference can re-enter their classrooms with more knowledge on how to acknowledge and respect LGBTQ identities, and incorporate them into their classrooms in a respectful way. As such, I’ll start with the basics, then move on to teacher-specific resources, and end with some of my favorite books with LGBTQ authors and/or characters that you could incorporate into your classroom. Here we go!

Back to Basics: LGBTQ

  1. My Kid Is Gay’s Defining Series explains various LGBTQ terms and identities on a basic, 101 level. This is a great starting point to learn what it means to be transgender, bisexual, queer, gender nonconforming, gay, and so much more!

  2. Stay up-to-date on the current challenges that the LGBTQ community is facing with the following websites:

Resources for Educators

Our School + Work section includes advice on a bunch of different topics related to being LGBT at school. We also have a section specifically for teachers with posts like:

LGBTQ Reads:

Thanks again for reaching out for assistance. I really hope you and your colleagues can use these resources to make your classrooms, curriculums, and teacher-student relationships more welcoming of LGBTQ identities!

Grace is the Senior Managing Editor here at My Kid Is Gay. A graduate of Kalamazoo College in Michigan, she now lives in Portland, Oregon. In her spare time, she can be found reading feminist theory, writing letters, and doing handstands around the world. Follow her on Twitter @gracemanger