Resources to Help Understand and Explain LGBTQ Issues

Resources for Adults:

LGBTQIA+... So many letters!  The Acronym and Beyond defines many of the terms used to talk about folks.

Our Trans Loved Ones is a comprehensive resource created by Parents and Families of Trans folks. Look for the free download on this page.

GLSEN: A group whose mission is to ensure that every member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Gender Spectrum works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.

How to Talk to Kids about Gender & Biological Sex is a resource for understanding the difference between gender and biological sex.

How to Talk to Kids About What it Means to be Transgender is a useful article from Psychology Today.

Books for Teens & Adults: (Descriptions and links from Barnes & Noble): 

Note: Parents should pre-read any book on this list before providing to their children.

Gino, A. (2015). George. Scholastic: New York. 
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.

Kellermann, S. (2013). The social justice advocate’s handbook: A guide to gender. Impetus Books: Austin, TX. The book helps individuals better understand gender themselves (their gender and others'), and is a great resource for folks who are doing gender education work with others.

Teich, N. (2012). Transgender 101: A simple guide to a complex issue. Columbia University Press: New York, NY
Written by a social worker, popular educator, and member of the transgender community, this well-rounded resource combines an accessible portrait of transgenderism with a rich history of transgender life and its unique experiences of discrimination.

Books for Young Ones: (Descriptions and links from Amazon):

Note: Parents should pre-read any book on this list before providing to their children.

Hall, M. (2015). Red. Harper Collins: New York. 
Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue.

Hoffman, S. & Hoffman, I. (2014). Jacob’s new dress. Albert Whitman & Company: Park Ridge, IL. 
This is a story about the challenges faced by children who don’t identify with traditional gender roles.

Walton, J. (2016). Introducing Teddy. Bloomsbury Children’s Books: New York.
Introducing Teddy introduces the youngest readers to understanding gender identity and transition in an accessible story about being true to yourself and being a good friend.