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Experts Tell Us the Best LGBT Books For Teachers

This article showcases our top picks for the LGBT Books For Teachers. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Loud and Proud by Tea Uglow

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Loud and Proud is an inspirational collection of speeches from the LGBTQ+ community and its allies that have changed our world, and the conversation. From equal marriage to the AIDS crisis, bullying to parenthood, the first 19th century campaigns through to the new trans rights allyship, the issues covered in these speeches touch on all aspects of LGBTQ+ and reflect the diverse and multi-faceted nature of this community.

100 Questions and Answers About Gender Identity by Michigan State School of Journalism

This product was recommended by Susan Stitt from Front Edge Publishing

100 Questions and Answers About Gender Identity is part of the Michigan State University School of Journalism series on cultural competence. The guide is written for those who want quick answers to basic, introductory questions about transgender people. It is a starting point for family members, teachers, people in business, places of worship, government, medicine, law enforcement, human resources and journalism who want to get a fast grounding. The guide suggests resources for those who then want greater depth.

100 Questions and Answers About Sexual Orientation by Michigan State University School of Journalism

This product was recommended by Susan Stitt from Front Edge Publishing

This clear, introductory guide answers 100 of the basic questions people ask about people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or who have other sexual orientations. The questions come from interviews with gay people who say these are issues they frequently get asked about or wish people knew more about. It has answers about identity, relationships, families, health, safety, school, work, visibility, coming out and civil rights. This guide is for people in business, education, religion, government, medicine, law and human resources who want to learn or teach about gay people.

People of the Pride Parade by Alyssa Blumstein

This product was recommended by Frances Gordon from Apollo Publishers

For the 50th anniversary of the Pride March comes a visual celebration of the diverse, vibrant, and exuberant attendees of New York City’s Pride. This gorgeous bright book honors the colorful celebrants of the New York City Pride March and Dyke March, capturing the faces that bring the rainbows and liveliness Pride shines with today. Through joyful portraits of two hundred LGBTQ+ community members and allies from New York City’s WorldPride, this is a resplendent one-of-a-kind volume, a portal to the spirit, sequins, and sexual liberty of the weekend, a keepsake tribute to the power of love over hate, and a meaningful touchstone, immortalizing the effervescence, excitement, and positive energy of those who attend.

Trans New York by Peter Bussian

This product was recommended by Frances Gordon from Apollo Publishers

A visually stunning, award-winning photography book of transgender New Yorkers, complete with thought-provoking and revealing interviews that honor the transgender community and the courage it takes to find oneself and defy societal norms. A growing portion of the LGBTQ+ community identifies as transgender; they are family members, friends, neighbors, and colleagues, and yet they are all-too-often stigmatized and misunderstood. This visual tour de force presents exquisite portraits of more than fifty New Yorkers who identify as trans, genderqueer, or gender nonbinary, and interviews with them in which they reveal who they are and what their transitions were like and combat common misconceptions and stereotypes. The vibrant, honest photographs were taken on the streets of New York or in iconic places like Grand Central Station, and together the photos and interviews provoke questions on gender identity, the gender spectrum, and gender expectations. In total, this is an unparalleled articulation of the expressions of sexuality, gender, and self that New York, in all of its beauty, honesty, and compassion, welcomes, as well as a celebration of the power of finding oneself and a compelling call for respect and acceptance. In addition to enlightening text from more than fifty members of New York’s trans community and the author, award-winning documentary photographer Peter Bussian, there are inspiring longer essays and an extraordinary foreword by the celebrated trans activist Abby Chava Stein. Trans New York is the winner of a prestigious International Photography Award (IPA) for its superb images.

Queer America by Vicki L. Eaklor

This product was recommended by Natalia Lucci from WheelieGreat

This author was one of the first people to bring LGBT+ to the classroom, and it is an extremely good resource as the introduction to anyone looking to teach, or learn LGBT history. A multitude of famous and some not so famous examples in history are covered in this book in depth, really giving the reader or student the feel of immersion to help them truly understand the struggles and triumphs of LGBTQ throughout history. This is primarily on the American history of it all though, nonetheless – a priceless resource that really sets the foundation for anyone interested in LGBTQ History.

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