Definitions and Concepts:

What is LGBTQ? Check out the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s list of LGBTQ terminology and definitions.

Click here to read the American Library Association’s LGBTQ Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.

Read more about heteronormativity, the dominant discourse of sexuality in our society.

Straight Privilege: Based on “White Privilege” by Peggy McIntosh, this student-created article examines the “invisible” inequalities prevalent in daily life.

LGBTQ and Public Libraries

Click here to read the American Library Association’s “Evaluating the Treatment of Gay Themes in Books for Children and Younger Adults.”

LGBTQ and Schools

The ACLU’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project for schools and youth

The University of Southern California Rossier School of Education’s toolkit for educators, Students and Gender Identity, has resources for creating inclusive classrooms, talking to parents and staff, and a glossary of important terminology.

GLSEN report on the experiences of LGBTQ youth in schools (2015)

A report by the Human Rights Watch about the lives of LGBTQ students in America

Safe School Coalition is a national nonprofit based in Washington state working to make schools safe spaces for LGBTQ youth.  They have an excellent links page with resources for LGTBQ youth and their families

Our True Colors is a mentoring and development organization for LGBTQ youth.

LGBTQ and Library Cataloging

Gay and Lesbian Studies at the New York Public Library: Check out a guide to the collection as well as resources.

Suggested LGBTQ Reading for Young Adults

Bibliography for Gay Teens: A complete book list from the American Library Association.
Check out writer Lee Wind’s blogsite with a constantly-growing list of gay books for teens:  “I’m Here, I’m Queer, What the Hell Do I Read?”