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This collection . . .
This collection is for everyone in New York, and includes the following:
- Materials about and for LGBTQ+ students & adults
- Resources on contemporary and historial LGBTQ+ issues such as gay marriage & the gay liberation movement
- Services for librarians who need to add LGBTQ+ materials to their collections.
How This Collection is Used in My School
Students at East Side are incredibly active readers, and the majority of the books have been used for independent choice reading. Many of our students also do research on the GLBTQ civil rights movements. Finally, a number of grades read whole-class novels with LGBTQ characters, and this collection offers research and extension activities.
2020 Rainbow Book List
The 2020 Rainbow Book List has been released! This list includes materials for all students (preK-12) and has short descriptions of each title. Fantastic list this year!
How to Build a Safe Space Through Books
Sources for book reviews & book lists
I'm Here, I'm Queer, Now What do I Read?
Lee Wind provides an immense number of reviews (some submitted by authors), including manga. Of particular note is a series of lists on the left-hand side of the blog which "sort" books into categories--helpful if you need to fill gaps in your collection.
GLBTRT: Rainbow Books
Book lists from the last decade. An excellent resource.
YA Pride: LGBTQIA+ characters in YA fiction & LGBTQ YA Authors
This blog has reviews, teen stories & lots of good information about what is going on in publishing as it relates to YA fiction.
We Need Diverse Books OurStory
A great book finder for all kinds of diverse books.
The Stonewall Book Awards
The first and most enduring award for GLBTQ books.
Disability in KidLit
There are some LGBTQIA books reviewed, and it's important to think of disabled kids within the LGBTQIA community. The Honor Roll is now their focus.
Gay-Themed Picture Books for Children
A blog run by our very own Patricia Sarles!
Queer Books for Teens
This is a “comprehensive database of LGBTQIAP+ YA Literature 2000-2017.” Not a list of book recommendations, though they do have a best books section—Kyle Lukoff curated one of the lists.
Lambda Literary Reviews, Features, & Interviews
Lamba Literary is a great resource to follow for up-to-date releases of young adult and adult writing about and for the LGBTQI community.
ALA: GLBTRT (GLBT Round Table) News
Use this page to subscribe to their quarterly newsletter. This is the ALA GLBTQ organization, which gives a number of prestigious literary awards, as well as consolidating information of interest to GLBTQ members & those that serve GLBTQ people (everyone!)
Additional materials for Librarians
Pride Parade from NYC Librarians!
Highlighted titles from the collection
Scroll down to see research materials!
A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by
"A great, simple look at the importance of using correct pronouns; extremely accessible to those for whom gender-neutral language is a new concept." -- School Library Journal (starred review) Archie, a snarky genderqueer artist, is tired of people not understanding gender neutral pronouns. Tristan, a cisgender dude, is looking for an easy way to introduce gender neutral pronouns to his increasingly diverse workplace. The longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them. They also include what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips-and-tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world. A quick and easy resource for people who use they/them pronouns, and people who want to learn more!
Trans Teen Survival Guide by
Frank, friendly and funny, the Trans Teen Survival Guide will leave transgender and non-binary teens informed, empowered and armed with all the tips, confidence and practical advice they need to navigate life as a trans teen. Wondering how to come out to your family and friends, what it's like to go through cross hormonal therapy or how to put on a packer? Trans youth activists Fox and Owl have stepped in to answer everything that trans teens and their families need to know. With a focus on self-care, expression and being proud of your unique identity, the guide is packed full of invaluable advice from people who understand the realities and complexities of growing up trans. Having been there, done that, Fox and Owl are able to honestly chart the course of life as a trans teen, from potentially life-saving advice on dealing with dysphoria or depression, to hilarious real-life awkward trans stories.
The Best at It by
From award-winning actor Maulik Pancholy comes a hilarious and heartfelt middle grade debut about a gay Indian American boy coming into his own. Perfect for fans of Tim Federle's Nate series. Rahul Kapoor is heading into seventh grade in a small town in Indiana. The start of middle school is making him feel increasingly anxious, so his favorite person in the whole world, his grandfather, Bhai, gives him some well-meaning advice: Find one thing you're really good at and become the BEST at it. Those four little words sear themselves into Rahul's brain. While he's not quite sure what that special thing is, he is convinced that once he finds it, bullies like Brent Mason will stop torturing him at school. And he won't be worried about staring too long at his classmate Justin Emery. With his best friend, Chelsea, by his side, Rahul is ready to crush this challenge.... But what if he discovers he isn't the best at anything? Funny, charming, and incredibly touching, this is a story about friendship, family, and the courage it takes to live your truth.
Ricks gone along with his best friend Jeff even when Jeffs acted like a bully and a jerk. But now Rick wants his own life to be... understood. Even if it means breaking some old friendships and making some new ones. As they did in their groundbreaking novel George, in Rick, award-winning author Alex Gino explores what it means to search for your own place in the world... and all the steps you and the people around you need to take in order to get where you need to be.
Color Outside the Lines
This modern, groundbreaking YA anthology explores the complexity and beauty of interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships where differences are front and center. When people ask me what this anthology is about, I'm often tempted to give them the complicated answer: it's about race, and about how being different from the person you love can matter but how it can also not matter, and it's about Chinese pirate ghosts, black girl vigilantes, colonial India, a flower festival, a garden of poisons, and so, so much else. Honestly, though? I think the answer's much simpler than that. Color outside the Lines is a collection of stories about young, fierce, brilliantly hopeful people in love.--Sangu Mandanna, editor of Color outside the Lines
I Hope You Get This Message by
Three teens must face down the mistakes of their past after they learn that life on Earth might end in less than a week. News stations across the country are reporting mysterious messages that Earth has been receiving from a planet--Alma--claiming to be its creator. If they're being interpreted correctly, in seven days Alma will hit the kill switch on their "colony" Earth. True or not, for teenagers Jesse Hewitt, Cate Collins, and Adeem Khan, the prospect of this ticking time bomb will change their lives forever. Jesse, who has been dealt one bad blow after another, wonders if it even matters what happens to the world. Cate, on the other hand, is desperate to use this time to find the father she never met. And Adeem, who hasn't spoken to his estranged sister in years, must find out if he has it in him to forgive her for leaving. With only a week to face their truths and right their wrongs, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem's paths collide as their worlds are pulled apart.
Like a Love Story by
It's 1989 in New York City, and for three teens, the world is changing. Reza is an Iranian boy who has just moved to the city with his mother to live with his stepfather and stepbrother. He's terrified that someone will guess the truth he can barely acknowledge about himself. Reza knows he's gay, but all he knows of gay life are the media's images of men dying of AIDS. Judy is an aspiring fashion designer who worships her uncle Stephen, a gay man with AIDS who devotes his time to activism as a member of ACT UP. Judy has never imagined finding romance...until she falls for Reza and they start dating. Art is Judy's best friend, their school's only out and proud teen. He'll never be who his conservative parents want him to be, so he rebels by documenting the AIDS crisis through his photographs. As Reza and Art grow closer, Reza struggles to find a way out of his deception that won't break Judy's heart--and destroy the most meaningful friendship he's ever known. This is a bighearted, sprawling epic about friendship and love and the revolutionary act of living life to the fullest in the face of impossible odds.
If you've ever questioned the logic of basing an entire identity around what you have between your legs, it's time to embark on a daring escape outside of the binary box... Open your eyes to what it means to be a boy or a girl -- and above and beyond! Within these pages, you get to choose which path to forge. Explore over one hundred different scenarios that embrace nearly every definition across the world, over history, and in the ever-widening realms of our imagination! What if your journey leads you into a world with several genders, or simply one? Do you live in a matriarchal society, or as a sworn virgin in the Balkans? How does gender (or the lack thereof) change the way we approach sex and love, life or death? Jump headfirst into this refreshingly creative exploration of the ways gender colors every shade and shape of our world. Above all, it's more important than ever for us to celebrate the fact that there are infinite gender paths -- and each of them is beautiful.
The Weight of the Stars by
Ryann Bird dreams of traveling across the stars. But she settles for acting out and skipping school. Until she meets Alexandria, a furious loner. After a horrific accident leaves Alexandria with a broken arm, the girls are brought together despite themselves--and Ryann learns Alexandria's secret: Her mother is an astronaut on a one-way trip past the edge of the solar system.Every night, Alexandria waits for radio signals from her mother. And now Ryann lifts Alexandria onto the roof day after day, until the silence between them grows into friendship . . . and eventually something more.
The Music of What Happens by
Max: Chill. Sports. Video games. Gay and not a big deal, not to him, not to his mom, not to his buddies. And a secret: An encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one that he doesn't want to think about, ever.Jordan: The opposite of chill. Poetry. His "wives" and the Chandler Mall. Never been kissed and searching for Mr. Right, who probably won't like him anyway. And a secret: A spiraling out of control mother, and the knowledge that he's the only one who can keep the family from falling apart.Throw in a rickety, 1980s-era food truck called Coq Au Vinny. Add in prickly pears, cloud eggs, and a murky idea of what's considered locally sourced and organic. Place it all in Mesa, Arizona, in June, where the temp regularly hits 114. And top it off with a touch of undeniable chemistry between utter opposites.Over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they're willing to risk -- to get the thing they want the most.
Not Your Backup by
Publication Date: 2019-06-04
Book #3 of the Not Your Sidekick series. Emma Robledo has a few more responsibilities that the usual high school senior, but then again, she and her friends have left school to lead a fractured Resistance movement against a corrupt Heroes League of Heroes. Emma is the only member of a supercharged team without powers, she isnt always taken seriously. A natural leader, Emma is determined to win this battle, and when thats done, get back to school. As the Resistance moves to challenge the League, Emma realizes where her place is in this fight: at the front.
Gender Identity by
*This is the best academic book we've found by a mainstream publisher about gender identity.* As acceptance for the LGBT community grows, our society is coming to understand that many gender identities are not binary. Young adulthood is a critical time for exploring and coming to terms with gender identity. Readers learn about non-binary identities and the issues the community still faces despite the progress that has been made in the 21st century. Fact boxes highlight transgender and non-binary role models in the media, and contact information for LGBT organizations is provided. This volume is an important resource for young adults of all genders and their allied friends and family.
All Boys Aren't Blue by
In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys. Both a primer for teens eager to be allies as well as a reassuring testimony for young queer men of color, All Boys Aren't Blue covers topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy. Johnson's emotionally frank style of writing will appeal directly to young adults.
A Queer History of the United States for Young People by
It is crucial for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth to know their history. But this history is not easy to find since it's rarely taught in schools or commemorated in other ways. A Queer History of the United States for Young People corrects this and demonstrates that LGBTQ people have long been vital to shaping our understanding of what America is today. Through engrossing narratives, letters, drawings, poems, and more, the book encourages young readers, of all identities, to feel pride at the accomplishments of the LGBTQ people who came before them and to use history as a guide to the future.
Transgender 101 by
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.
A Queer History of the United States by
Winner of a 2012 Stonewall Book Award in nonfiction The first book to cover the entirety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, from pre-1492 to the present.
Gay Power! by
In this riveting story, we'll explore the decades of discrimination and abuse that gay people endured in the United States. We'll also learn how gay people continue to fight for equal rights and recognition.
The New York Times on Gay and Lesbian Issues by
Author and gender studies professor Susan Burgess showcases relevant news stories, editorials, and letters to the editor to present the major political, social, and cultural issues that have affected gays and lesbians in the U.S. over the past 150 years.
Gay America by
Milestones of gay and lesbian life in the United States are brought together in the first-ever nonfiction book published specifically for teens. Profusely illustrated with archival images, the groundbreaking Gay America reveals how gay men and women have lived, worked, and loved for the past 125 years. The book includes a bibliography and an index.
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves by
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a revolutionary resource - a comprehensive, reader-friendly guide for transgender people, with each chapter written by transgender or genderqueer authors. Inspired by Our Bodies, Ourselves, the classic and powerful compendium written for and by women, Trans Bodies,Trans Selves is widely accessible to the transgender population, providing authoritative information in an inclusive and respectful way and representing the collective knowledge base of dozens of influential experts.
Queer America by
Organised with a compelling narrative, this comprehensive history of the GLBT community provides a decade-by-decade overview of major issues and events such as the Harlem Renaissance, changes in military policy, the Stonewall riot, GLBT rights, organisations and alliances, AIDS, same-sex marriage, the media and legal battles.
A Supreme Court lawyer and political pundit details the enthralling and groundbreaking story of the gay rights movement, revealing how a dedicated and resourceful minority changed America forever.
Gay Lives by
In this book, Robert Aldrich presents a fascinating portrait of gay men and women throughout history that reveals the full diversity of gay lives as lived in their times.
A riveting exploration of the Stonewall Riots and the national Gay Rights movement that followed is eye-opening, unflinching, and inspiring.
The Riddle of Gender by
Coming at the controversial subject of transsexualism from several angles: historical, sociological, psychological, medical, Rudacille discovered that gender variance is anything but new, that changing one's gender has been met with both acceptance and hostility through the years, and that gender identity, like sexual orientation, appears to be inborn, not learned, though in some people the sex of the body does not match the sex of the brain. Informed not only by meticulous research, but also by the author's interviews with prominent members of the transgender community, The Riddle of Gender is a sympathetic and wise look at a sexual revolution that calls into question many of our most deeply held assumptions about what it means to be a man, a woman, and a human being.
Andrea Swenson, Librarian
East Side Community
420 E. 12th St.
NY, NY 10009
If you are a librarian in a New York City school library, you may contact the curator to inquire about borrowing titles from this collection.
AASL Resource: Defending Intellectual Freedom
Exciting News! NYPL Teacher Sets available!
The wonderful folks at MyLibraryNYC have added Teacher Sets that any school participating in MyLibraryNYC may borrow. A link to the borrowing page is below, but here is a list of the related Teacher Sets:
- LGBTQ Fiction and Nonfiction (Grades 0-3)
- LGBTQ Fiction and Nonfiction (Grades 4-8)
- Award Winners--Stonewall Award (Grades 4-8)
- Lambda Literary Award (series II)
- Lambda Literary Award Finalists and Winner with Playaway Audiobook (Grades 10-12)
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 10-copy set
- Boy Meets Boy 10-copy set
- I'll Give You the Sun 10-copy set
- Exit, Pursued by a Bear 10-copy set
- If I Stay 10-copy set
- Juliet Takes a Breath 10-copy set
- The Best Man 10-copy set
- We are the Ants 10-copy set
- What if it's Us 10-copy set
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson 10-copy set
There are also titles of interest in the Great Books for 11th and 12th Grade set and Great Fiction for High School set.
Additional Resources: Links to curriculum & information to support instruction
Check the East Side catalog--or look for specific resource lists
We have multiple resource lists that are more specific--Trans Themes and Characters & Bisexual Themes and Characters, for example--and more are being made. Check the East Side catalog for these resource lists, or contact the librarian to get one made for you!
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GLSEN School Climate Survey
GLSEN School Climate Survey
GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Educator Network) has published an updated School Climate Survey for 2017. While it is extensive, read the Preface & the Executive Summary on pages vii-xviii for a summary.
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