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YA Pride

Format: The image pictured here is the YA Pride logo, a rainbow-colored cake by the words 'Rainbow Bright'Website, resource list

Description: YA Pride (previously GayYA) is a site that is dedicated to LGBTQIA in young adult fiction. The site features guest posts, author interviews, giveaways, booklists sorted by character orientation, and book reviews. The team has a presence on multiple social media outlets such as Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Facebook. The booklists featured on the Masterlist section of the site and are sorted by character orientation and includes the following lists: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Asexual, and Aromantic.

Link: http://www.gayya.org

Citation: YA Pride. (2012).  Retrieved from http://www.gayya.org

Queer Books for Teens

Format: Website, resource listThis image reads, Queer Books for Teens, A comprehensive database of all LGBTQIAP+ YA Literature 2000-2017

This website offers a bibliography of YA fiction with LGBTQ content published between 2000 and 2017. The database seeks to be comprehensive and features books published by major and minor presses, and is working on adding self-published works. The site offers a variety of facets to search the database and find content, includes several best of/ and recommendation lists, linked resources for teens and educators/librarians, and information on their scope and information organization. The site was created by an assortment of contributors, with the support of the Carnegie/Whitney Grant from the American Library Association and the GLBT-RT resources committee.

Link: http://queerbooksforteens.com

The Gender Book by Mel Reiff Hill and Jay Mays

Format: Book, Website

Description: The Gender Book is a website for a 90 page book with graphics on many topics concerning gender. The book was created by four authors of varying identities with the aid of surveys, interviews and community collaborators from all around the world. The book is available in a pay-what-you-want e-book format, or print copies can be purchased for $30 (hardcover) or $300 for a class set. The book is available on the website as a text only version, in large print, and translated into German and Spanish. The website also offers other resources available to viewers, like the free, online, 6 page Gender booklet covering some basics from the Gender Book educational posters and creator contacts. The authors of the project can be contacted for public speaking events through their site.

Link: http://www.thegenderbook.com/home/4553374745


Mays, J. & Reif Hill, M. (2014). The gender book. Houston, TX: Marshall House Press.

Creating an LGBT-inclusive School Climate

Format: Article

Description: This downloadable article provides advice for school leaders wanting to create a LGBT inclusive school climate. The article covers such topics as Gay Straight Alliance club, clothing and dress codes, school events, anti-bullying policies, conversion therapy and more. 

Link: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/publications/creating-an-lgbtinclusive-school-climate

Citation: Teaching Tolerance. (2013). Creating an LGBT-inclusive school climate. Retrieved from https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/publications/creating-an-lgbtinclusive-school-climate

Trans Student Educational Resources

Format: Image is of the Trans Student Educational Resources logoWebsite

Description: Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) is an organization lead by trans youth who are dedicated to improving experiences for trans and gender nonconforming students by educating others and training activists. The organization provides information on policy, helpful infographics, available queer youth conferences, and more. The TSER also has a number of workshops they they are available to present to help professional development and representatives from the organization are also available as public speakers.

Link: http://www.transstudent.org

The ABC’s of LGBT+

Format: The cover of The ABC's of LGBT+Book

Description: The ABCs of LGBT is a popular LGBT book by Ashley Mardell that helps readers who want to learn to talk about gender and sexual identity. The book offers answers to frequently asked questions, in depth definitions, helpful infographics and more. The book is available in print and ebook formats at prices ranging from $6 to $15.

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28783749-the-abc-s-of-lgbt

Citation: Mardell, A. (2016). The ABCs of LGBT. Coral Gables, Fl: Mango Media

Transgender Law Center’s Youth Legal & Policy Work

Format: Transgender Law Center logo. Image reads: Transgender Law Center. Making Authentic Lives Possible.Website

Description: The Transgender Law Center’s (TLC) Youth Legal and Policy Work page presents information on some of the legal cases, and policies they have worked on in defense of transgender and gender nonconforming youth and their families, and their rights. They also provide information on requesting legal information and to other Youth related resources from the TLC like their TRUTH program, a national storytelling campaign for trans and gender nonconforming youth. The TLC is available to aid schools and other organizations with legal advice and practices.

Link: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/legal/youth


Format: Resource List, Tool, Website

Description: The LGBTQ section of the Movement Advancement Project provides viewers with a number of resources on the challenges and strengths of LGBTQ youth. The page includes infographics, reports, and tools on such topics as transgender students and Title IX of the Federal Civil Rights Act, national conversion therapy laws and bans, school facilities access, incarceration, and more.

Link: http://www.lgbtmap.org/policy-and-issue-analysis/LGBTQ-youth

Resources for Building Safer Spaces

Format: Resource List

Description: A resource list from the Bisexual Resource Center on building safe, inclusive spaces for bisexual+ youth (defined by the BRC as an umbrella term for multi-gender attraction including pansexual, fluid, omnisexual, queer, etc.). This list includes resources on dealing with biphobia, creating bi-inclusive spaces, and being an ally.

Link: https://biresource.org/resources-for-building-safer-spaces/

When the Gender Boxes Don’t Fit

Format: Article

Description: A Huffington Post article, fist published in Rethinking Schools Magazine in the fall of 2009, on how the school environment, and teachers specifically, can alienate trans, non-binary, questioning and other gender-variant individuals, as well as the power of vocabulary in discovering your identity. The first entry is a personal ‘our voices’ point of view, while the second is from the POV of a mom and teacher.

Link: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/ericka-sokolowershain/when-the-gender-boxes-dont-fit_b_1367643.html

Citation:   Sokolower-Shain, E. &  Sokolower, J. (2012, March 22). When the gender boxes don’t fit. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/ericka-sokolowershain/when-the-gender-boxes-dont-fit_b_1367643.html

Welcoming Schools

Format: Website

Description: Welcoming Schools is a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.  On their website they provide resources for elementary educators to: welcome diverse families, create LGBTQ and gender inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying, and support transgender and non-binary students. The website includes research and data, laws and policies, tips, films, and lesson plans. While the focus is on schools, the resources can be used by library staff to ensure that their programs, services, and collections are welcoming to youth ages 5-11 and their families.

Link: http://www.welcomingschools.org/


We Are the Youth

Format:  Website

Description: We Are the Youth is a photographic journalism project chronicling the individual stories of queer youth in the United States. The project aims to capture the incredible diversity and uniqueness among LGBTQ youth.  Since June 2010, We Are the Youth has profiled more than 100 young people across the United States, thus making their lives and experiences visible in an honest and respectful way.

Link: http://wearetheyouth.org/

Open to All: Serving the GLBT Community in Your Library

Format: Toolkit

Description: Developed by the ALA GLBT roundtable, this toolkit gives a brief yet wide-ranging overview of best practices for serving LGBTQ+ populations and covers a variety of topics including user needs, collection development, terminology, programming, outreach, and recommended reading. There is also a list of practical tips to make the library a more welcoming place.

Link: http://www.ala.org/rt/sites/ala.org.rt/files/content/professionaltools/160309-glbtrt-open-to-all-toolkit-online.pdf

Safe in the Stacks: Community Spaces for Homeless LGBTQ Youth

Format: Resource list / website

Description: This resource list, created by Julie Ann Winkelstein, PhD, MLIS (jwinkels@utk.edu) and presented at the 2013 ALA Annual Meeting, provides resources library staff can use to learn more about youth who are experiencing homelessness, especially LGBTQ youth, and to develop inclusive services that directly support the needs of these youth.

Link: http://www.ala.org/rt/glbtrt/tools/homeless-lgbtq-youth

GLSEN National Research Reports

Format: Website

Description: GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ+ students..  Their national reports examine many aspects of school safety for LGBTQ+ youth, from elementary school students’ and teachers’ experiences, to the interactions LGBT parents have had with staff at their children’s’ schools. 

Link: https://www.glsen.org/learn/research/national


Serving Our Youth: Findings from a National Survey of Service Providers Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth Who are Homeless or At Risk of Becoming Homeless

Format: Report

Description: The Serving Our Youth report features the data from a national, web-based survey of agencies serving homeless youth run from October 2011 to March 2012. The report details the LGBT populations served, who is most at risk, and why those populations are most at risk.

Link: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/Durso-Gates-LGBT-Homeless-Youth-Survey-July-2012.pdf

Citation: Durso, L.E., & Gates, G.J. (2012). Serving our youth: Findings from a national survey of service providers working with elsbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Los Angeles: The Williams Institute with True Colors Fund and The Palette Fund. Retrieved from http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/Durso-Gates-LGBT-Homeless-Youth-Survey-July-2012.pdf

LGBTQ Youth of Color: Discipline Disparities, School Push-Out, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Format:  Report

Description: A set of three collaborative reports between GSA Network and Crossroads Collaborative connected to LGBTQ Youth and School Pushout released in 2014. The findings in these reports discuss how LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth, especially youth of color, disproportionately face not just bullying from peers but more policing, harsher restrictions, and discipline from school staff and administration. These reports are also accompanied by a small handout created by the Advancement Project and GSA Network on policy recommendations to help change the strenuous school climate for these youths.

PDF Link: https://gsanetwork.org/Pushout-Report

Citation: Burdge, H., Licona, A. C., Hyemingway, Z. T. (2014). LGBTQ youth of color: Discipline disparities, school push-out, and the school-to-prison pipeline. San Francisco, CA: Gay-Straight Alliance Network and Tucson, AZ: Crossroads Collaborative at the University of Arizona. Retrieved from https://gsanetwork.org/files/aboutus/LGBTQ_brief_FINAL-web.pdf

Burdge, H., Hyemingway, Z. T., Licona, A. C. (2014). Gender nonconforming youth: Discipline disparities, school push-out, and the school-to-prison pipeline. San Francisco, CA: Gay-Straight Alliance Network and Tucson, AZ: Crossroads Collaborative at the University of Arizona. Retrieved from https://gsanetwork.org/files/aboutus/GSA_GNC_FINAL-web.pdf

Advancement Project and GSA Network. (2014). School discipline disparities recommendations. San Francisco, CA: Gay-Straight Alliance Network and Washington, DC: Advancement Project. Retrieved from https://gsanetwork.org/files/aboutus/Recommendations_final.pdf

Gender Inclusive Assessment Tool

A picture depicting a preview of the linked pdf.

Format: Assessment

Description: A tool created by Gender Spectrum, an organization that aims to help create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. This tool can help you and your colleagues assess the gender inclusiveness of your environment, where you may be lacking, and help you to narrow what your focus should be.

PDF Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/duc1wn5zgo2j2zs/Gender_Inclusive_Assessment_Tool_080617.pdf?dl=0


Strategies to create safe havens for students by Kim Westheimer

Format: ArticleA picture of two hands stretching out for each other with the text "Safe Havens" in the background.

Description: An article originally published in the American School Counselor Association magazine (May/June 2017) which lists strategies and actions individuals can take to communicate directly with youth and encourage their schools to be more gender-inclusive.

PDF Link: 




Westheimer, K. (2017). Strategies to create safe havens for students. Gender Spectrum. Retrieved from https://www.genderspectrum.org/staging/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Safe-Havens.pdf

Twelve Easy Steps Towards Gender Inclusion

A picture depicting a preview of the linked pdf.

Format: Article

Description: A pdf from the Gender Spectrum website on 12 easy steps on the way to gender inclusiveness. This document gives 12 simple steps, changes in attitude, and day to day activities an individual can make to start working towards a more gender inclusive environment.

PDF Link: https://tinyurl.com/GenderInclusion

Citation: Gender Spectrum (n.d.). Twelve easy steps towards gender inclusion. Retrieved from  https://www.dropbox.com/s/am19758yamrqp61/12%20Easy%20Steps%20Towards%20Gender%20Inclusion_112514.pdf?dl=0

The Trevor Project’s Lifeguard Workshop

Pictured here is a programs information handout listing various programs The Trevor Project offers for LGBTQ youth in need of help and counseling. Listed below are: Trevor Lifeline, a suicide hotline available 24/7/365 at the phone number 866-488-7386, Trevor Text a text chat available Monday to Friday 3-10pm EST at the phone number 202-304-1200, Trevor Chat an online messaging service available every day from 3-10 pm EST at TrevorChat.org, Trevor Space a social networking site for LGBTQ youth, friends, and allies ages 13-24, and the Sucide Prevention and General Information section available online at TheTrevorProject.org/resources

A Programs Information Handout available as a pdf or poster from The Trevor Project

Format: Video, Training, Lesson Plans and Curriculum

Description: Free video training and curriculum based on Trevor’s in-person workshop, designed to aid youth-focused adults bring lessons into classrooms on challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ youth, recognizing suicide warnings, and preventing crises. The linked page contains a 16 minute video and a 20 minute webinar, and many additional resources.

Link: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/education/lifeguard-workshop/


Supporting and Caring for our Bisexual Youth

The picture displayed is the front cover of the attached report. The cover says Supporting and Caring for Our Bisexual Youth vertically on the left side of the document. On top right of the document is the Human Right Campaign Foundation's symbol and on the bottom right of the cover are the organization symbols for the Bisexual Organizing Project, the Bisexual Resource Center, and BiNet USA.Format: Report

Description: A report based on data gathered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in their 2012 Youth Report, and presented in collaboration with BiNet USA, the Bisexual Organizing Project,  and the Bisexual Resource Center. This report covers youth who identify as bisexual, pansexual, or queer, and presents the personal and social challenges these youth face in their communities. Includes information on being an ally and additional resources.

PDF Link: http://www.hrc.org/youth-report/supporting-and-caring-for-our-bisexual-youth/


Human Rights Campaign Foundation, BiNet USA, Bisexual Organizing Project, & Bisexual Resource Center. (2012). Supporting and caring for our bisexual youth. Retrieved from http://www.hrc.org/youth-report/supporting-and-caring-for-our-bisexual-youth/

Supporting and Caring for Our Gender-Expansive Youth

FoThe picture displayed is the front cover of the attached report . Heading: Supporting and Caring for Our Gender Expansive Youth. Subheading: Lessons from the Human Rights Campaign's Youth Survey.rmat: Report

Description: A report released in 2014 which explores the growing expression and understanding of gender identity among youth today, their experiences, and the challenges they face. This report uses data gathered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in their 2012 Youth Report, and presented in collaboration with the organization Gender Spectrum. Includes information on being an ally and additional resources.

PDF Link: https://www.genderspectrum.org/staging/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/HRC_report.pdf


Gender Spectrum & Human Rights Campaign Foundation. (2014). Supporting and caring for Our gender-expansive youth. Retrieved from https://www.genderspectrum.org/staging/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/HRC_report.pdf
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