Selected GENDER AND SEXUALITY RESOURCES (updated 10/2013) Books, Journals, and Other Publications Theory and Research: Education
From The Dress-Up Corner To The Senior Prom: Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12 Schools. (2012) Jennifer Bryan, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.
Gender and Sexual Diversity in School: Explorations of Educational Purpose (2010) Elizabeth J. Meyer, Springer
Undoing Homophobia in Primary Schools: The No Outsiders Project. (2010) Renee DePalma and Elizabeth Atkinson (Eds), Trentham Books.
Interrogating Heteronormativity in Primary Schools: The No Outsiders Project. (2009)
Renee DePalma and Elizabeth Atkinson (Eds), Trentham Books.
Rethinking sexual identity in education. (2005) Susan Birden, Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.
Girls, Boys and Junior Sexualities: Exploring Children’ s Gender & Sexual Relations in Primary School. (2005) Emma Renold, Routledge.
Gender, Bullying and Harassment: Strategies To End Sexism and Homophobia in Schools (2009)Elizabeth J. Meyer, Teachers College Press.
Dude, You’re A Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School. (2007) C.J. Pascoe, University of California Press
Understanding youth: Adolescent development for educators. (2006) M. Nakkula and Eric Toshalis. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Educational Publishing Group.
Black Ants and Buddhists: Thinking Critically and Teaching Differently in the Primary Grades. (2006) Mary Cowhey, Stenhouse Publishers.
Troubling Education: “Queer” Activism and Anti-Oppressive Pedagogy. (2002) Kevin Kumashiro, New York, NY: Routledge.
Getting Ready for Benjamin: Preparing Teachers for Sexual Diversity in the Classroom. (2002) Rita Kissen (Ed), Rowman & Littlefield.
Theory, Research, Commentary: Sex, Gender and Sexuality
The Gender of Sexulity: Exploring Sexual Possibilities. 2nd Ed. (2012) Virginia Rutter and Pepper Schwartz, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.
The Gender Trap: Parents and the pitfalls of raising boys and girls. (2012) Emily Kane, N.Y.U. Press
Beyond X & Y: Inside the science of gender. (2011) Jane McCredie, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.
Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the front lines of the new girlie-girl culture. (2011) Peggy Orenstein, Harper Collins Publishers.
The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. (2009) Rachel Simmons, Penguin Books.
Packaging Boyhood: Saving Our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers and Other Media Stereotypes (2009) Lyn Mikel Brown, Sharon Lamb, Mark Tappan, St Martin’s Press
Fixing sex: Intersex, medical authority, and lived experience. (2008) Katrina Karkazis, Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketer’s Schemes (2007) Lyn Mikel Brown and Sharon Lamb, St Martin’s Press
Covering: The Hidden Assault on our Civil Rights. (2007) Kenji Yoshino, Random House.
Talk To Me First: Everything You Need To Know To Become Your Kids’ Go-To Person About Sex (2012) Deborah Roffman, Da Capo Lifelong Books
Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children (2011)Diane Ehrensaft, The Experiment, New York
Transgender 101: A Simple Guide To A Complex Issue. (2012) Nicholas Teich, Columbia University Press.
Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children. (2012)Stephanie Brill (Ed), Cleis Press Inc
The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals. (2008)Stephanie Brill & Rachel Pepper, Cleis Press Inc
Acting Out: Combating Homophobia Through Teacher Activism. (2010) Mollie V. Blackburn, Caroline T. Clark, Lauren M. Kenney, and Jill M. Smith (eds). New York, NY: Teachers College Press
Coming Out, Coming In: Nurturing the Well-Being and Inclusion of Gay Youth in Mainstream Society. (2008) Linda Goldman, Routledge.
Gay-Straight Alliances: A Handbook for Students, Educators, & Parents. (2007) Ian MacGillivray, Haworth Press
Creating Safe Environments for LGBT Students: A Catholic Schools Perspective (2007) Michael Bayly, Haworth Press
Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates: Answering Tough Questions and Building Strong Families. (2005)Diane Ehrensaft, Guilford
Beyond Diversity Day: A Q&A on Gay and Lesbian Issues in Schools. (2004)Arthur Lipkin, Rowman & Littlefield
Everything you NEVER wanted your kids to know about SEX (but were afraid they’d ask): The Secrets to Surviving Your Child’s Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens. (2004) Justin Richardson and Mark Schuster, Three Rivers Press
Always My Child: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered or Questioning Son or Daughter. (2003)Kevin Jennings, Simon and Schuster
National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K-12 (2012) The Future of Sex Education Initiative(Advocates for Youth; Answer; Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS)
The Right to Be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America’s Public Schools (2010) Stuart Biegel, Univ. of Minnesota Press
Sexuality Matters: Paradigms and Policies for Educational Leaders. (2009) James Koschoreck and Autumn Tooms, Eds, Rowman and Littlefield.
Gay, Lesbian, Transgender Issues in Education: Programs, Policies, and Practices. (2005) William J. Sears, Editor, Harrington Park Press.
Sexual Orientation & School Policy: Practical Guide for Teachers, Administrators, & Community Activists(2004) Ian Macgillivray, Rowman and Littlefield
Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples. (2012) Rodger Streitmatter, Beacon Press
The Right To Be Parents: LGBT Families and the Transformation of Parenthood. (2012) Carlos Ball, New York University Press
A Queer History of the United States. (2011) Michael Bronski, Beacon Press
Stuck in the Middle With You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders (2013).Jennifer Finney Boylan, Crown Publishers
My Two Moms: Lessons of Love Strength and What Makes a Family (2012). Zach Wahls, Gotham Books
Inside Out: Straight Talk From A Gay Jock (2007). Mark Tewksbury, Wiley & Sons
Man in the Middle. (2007). John Amaechi, ESPN
Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son: A Memoir (2006).Kevin Jennings, Beacon Press
She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders (2003).Jennifer Finney Boylan, Broadway Books
As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised As a Girl(2001).John Colapinto, Perennial
Welcoming Schools Guide (2013) Human Rights Campaign. Tools, lessons and resources on embracing family diversity, avoiding gender stereotyping and ending bullying and name-calling in K-5 learning environments. An Introduction to Welcoming Schools available for download along with book lists, lesson plans, professional development film, etc. (www.welcomingschools.org)
Sexual Ethics for a Caring Society (2010) This curriculum is not your typical sex education curriculum! It could work alongside a health curriculum, or it could be taught independently by any high school teacher with an interest in philosophy and critical thinking. Arguments for and against teaching abstinence, use of contraceptives, and sexual identity are everywhere and seem to become more polarized with changing political times. The ethics perspective of this curriculum is unique, preparing students to act ethically and to navigate an increasingly sexual world. (www.sexandethics.org)
The Spark Curriculum (2008) Comprehensive K-12 program dedicated to prejudice-reduction. Yearly workshops at every grade level with the goals of 1) increasing knowledge, 2) building empathy and self-esteem, and 3) developing critical thinking skills. The Diversity Council of Rochester, Minnesota. www.diversitycouncil.org/curriculum.shtml
Challenging Homophobia in Schools: A K to 12 resource for educators, counselors and administrators to aid in the support of, and education about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual youth and families(2nd edition). Produced by Gay and Lesbian Educators of B.C. (www.galebc.org)
Audio-Visual Resources Gender and Sexuality Diversity: Elementary Focus
What Can We Do? Bias, Bullying and Bystanders (2013) is the second film produced by Welcoming Schools and is a valuable professional development resource. The film spotlights teachers in classrooms generating open conversations with students about the impact of bullying and the power of students standing up for each. The film features three elementary teachers, each implementing a different lesson designed to address bias and promote pro-social attitudes and behaviors in the school community. There is a User’s Guide, classroom lesson plans, and training materials included with the 12-minute film. The DVD has closed captioning and includes Spanish subtitles. (www.welcomingschools.org//what-can-we-do-bias-bullying-and-bystanders)
What Do You Know? Six to twelve year-olds talk about gays and lesbians (2012) is an award-winning professional development film produced by Welcoming Schools for elementary school staff and parents. The film features students from Massachusetts and Alabama discussing what they know about gay men and lesbians, what they hear at school, and what they’d like teachers to do. The DVD includes the 13-minute film, a 2 minute trailer, a 4 minute special feature Teachers Respond and a Facilitation Guide. The DVD has closed captioning and includes Spanish subtitles. (www.welcomingschools.org/what-do-you-know-the-film)
Miss Representation (2011) is a documentary about mainstream media and its presentations of women as people and objects who gain value by being beautiful and sexy, while displaying their male counterparts in positions of power and influence. The film is accompanied by curriculum guides for grades K-3, grades 4-5, middle school, high school, and university. (www.missrepresentation.org)
It’s Still Elementary (2007) examines the incredible impact of It’s Elementary—Talking About Gay Issues in School over the last decade, and follows up with teachers and students featured in the first film to see how lessons about LGBT people changed their lives. It’s STILL Elementary also documents the story behind the controversial PBS broadcast of It’s Elementary and the infamous right-wing attacks on the film and its creators. It’s STILL Elementary is a call to action for parents and educators to continue working for safe, inclusive schools. The It’s STILL Elementary DVD includes the original full-length film, It s Elementary, and the 37 minute educational training version. The new DVD features Spanish subtitles, closed captioning, a PDF file of the new, 136 page guide to community organizing, professional development, and K-8 curriculum.
It’s Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in Schools. (1996) Award-winning educational video designed to prevent homophobia among elementary and middle school children. Features students and teachers in their classrooms discussion these issues. Groundspark. (www.groundspark.org)
That’s A Family! (2002) The first in a media series called The Respect for All Project designed to prevent prejudice and violence and promote an appreciation of diversity among elementary and middle school-age children. This film helps kids understand a wide variety of family configurations, including bi-racial, adoptive, single parent and gay/lesbian families. Groundspark. (www.groundspark.org)
Oliver Button is a Star. Based on the children’s book by Tomi DePaulo, Oliver Button is a Sissy, this film tackles the issue of gender roles, gender expression and gender identity. Told through the eyes of 1st graders and some well-known adults who struggled in their pursuit of “non-traditional” activities and professions, it is a film that is accessible to all ages. (www.oliverbuttonisastar.com)
Sexy, Inc: Our Children Under The Influence (2008) This award winning documentary uses experts' analysis of the hypersexualization of our environment to demonstrate the impact the fashion and media industries have on children. The film is part of a larger program, Countering Youth Hypersexualization: Tools for Prevention. Usesexcerpts from music videos, images from the world of children’s fashion to expose the “pornification” of marketing aimed at youth. Relevant for educators involved in promoting healthy identity development of girls & boys. (films.nfb.ca/sexy-inc)
Kick Like a Girl (2008) The story of what happens when The Mighty Cheetahs, an undefeated third grade girls soccer team, competes in the boys division. With humor and honesty this documentary reveals the reality of the boy-girl issues and what "Kick Like A Girl" really means on and off the playing field. The film is narrated by 8 year old Lizzie, a self described soccer girl, who doesn't let juvenile diabetes, elbow blocks or grass stains interfere with her desire to compete. (www.kicklikeagirlmovie.com)
Gender and Sexuality Diversity: Middle School Focus
Miss Representation (2011). (see description above)
I’m Just Anneke (2010) Anneke, a gender non-conforming 12 year old girl, has just started taking a hormone blocker so she can decide if she wants to be a boy, girl or something in between when she grows up. This sensitive documentary brings us into the world of a hardcore, hockey-loving tomboy who finds herself in an identity crisis at the onset of puberty. Despite rejection by friends and struggles with depression, Anneke is determined to be true to herself and maintain a gender fluid identity that matches what she feels on the inside. I'm Just Anneke takes us into the heart of a new generation of children who are intuitively questioning the binary gender paradigm. Written by Jonathan Skurnik. (www.imdb.com/title/tt1753935/)
Sexy, Inc: OurChildren Under The Influence (2008) (see description above)
Let’s Get Real. (2003) The second film in The Respect for All Project. Let's Get Real takes an honest and unflinching look at the epidemic of name-calling and bullying among middle school youth today. Told entirely from a youth perspective, the film features not only kids who are targeted, but also the youth who do the bullying and the allies who intervene when they witness harassment. Groundspark
Tomboys! Feisty Girls and Spirited Women. Are tomboys “tamed” once they reach adolescence? This spirited and inspiring documentary celebrates four real-life tomboys of all ages: an African-American teenager Jay Gillespie, firefighter Tracy Driscoll; lesbian artist/boxer Nancy Brooks Brody; and the 94 year old political activist, “Granny D.,” making the connection between the rebel girl and spirited woman gloriously clear. (www.wmm.com)
No Dumb Questions. This funny and touching documentary profiles three sisters, ages 6, 9 and 11, struggling to understand why and how their Uncle Bill is becoming a woman. The film also highlights the developmental differences for the kids as they deal w/ issues of gender, sexuality, identity, family. (www.nodumbquestions.com)
Gender Matters: Expression and Identities Beyond the Binary (2007) Six short films about transgender and gender non-conforming youth and adults. The length of these films makes them ideal for classroom education. They provide “real” people who tell their stories in a authentic, compelling way. Includes a comprehensive curriculum guide. California schools get these resources free (www. frameline.org)
Scout’s Honor (2001) Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary that depicts the conflict between the anti-gay policies of the Boy Scouts of America and a broad-based movement to overturn them. The film features a 13 year-old boy and a 70 year-old scoutmaster who are determined to change the discriminatory policies of the BSA. A powerful example of a middle school student standing up against formidable opposition and an inspiring story of how grass-roots activism can make a difference. (www.scouts-honor.com)
Gender and Sexuality Diversity: High School Focus
Miss Representation (2011). (see description above)
Straightlaced: How Gender Has Got Us All Tied Up (2009) The third film in The Respect for All Project. Uplifting and entertaining Straightlaced features high school youth speaking candidly about harmful pressures of rigid gender roles and homophobia. From girls who “dumb down” so they don’t intimidate boys, to boys who are sexually active to prove they aren’t gay, to nonconforming teens who face relentless bullying, the students in Straightlaced show how gender expectations and gender “policing” have an unhealthy and often dangerous impact on today’s youth. (www.groundspark.org)
Put This On The (Map) (2010) Fed up with a lack of queer visibility, twenty-six young people in Seattle’s suburbs weave together a ground-breaking narrative of shifting identities and a quest for social change. From getting beat-up in a schoolyard to being picked up as a runaway, queer youth exercise courage daily. PUT THIS ON THE (MAP) is an intimate invitation into their stories of social isolation and violence, fearlessness and liberation. These queer youth provide a candid evaluation of their schools, families, and communities. Revelry Media and Methods. (www.putthisonthemap.org/documentary)
Ugly Ducklings This film is part of a multi-media program designed to educate and inspire people to take action against bias-based bullying and harassment of gay and lesbian youth. The documentary focuses on the staging of Carolyn Gage’s award-winning play, Ugly Ducklings, weaving together scenes from the rehearsal process, the play, and from interviews with the fourteen female actors as well as local experts on gender. The play is set at an all girls summer camp and highlights homophobia, bullying and harassment, those experiences that lead young people to mask their sexual identities, feelings, and questions. The film also focuses on issues that young people who do not fit into mainstream definitions of sexuality deal with. Comes with CommunityAction Kit. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Out of the Past: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Rights in America. This award-winning documentary offers an eye-opening history lesson in the struggle for gay and lesbian rights over the past several centuries. Important figures in American history are profiled, and the legacy of fighting for self- acceptance and social acceptance is clearly established. Particular attention is given to the contemporary story of Kelli Peterson, a Salt Lake City high school student who tried to form a Gay Straight Alliance in her public school. (www.amazon.com)
The Times of Harvey Milk This 1984 film explores the political and personal life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the United States. The film, which one an academy award for Best Documentary, captures the historical significance of Milk’s success as a political figure and the profound legacy of his assassination. The city's reaction to the assassinations of Milk and San Francisco mayor, George Moscone are documented with extensive news clips and personal recollections. (www.imdb.com/title/tt0088275/)
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin This biographical film explores the political and personal life of one of the most pivotal and controversial figures in the Civil Rights Movement. Rustin was a close advisor to Martin Luther King, the primary architect of the 1963 March on Washington, and a prominent figure after King’s death in influencing the course of Black politics. Because of his homosexuality, Rustin was targeted by conservatives and the government. (www.rustin.org)
Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt Winner of the academy award for Best Documentary, this film recounts the lives and deaths of various victims of AIDS who are commemorated in the AIDS quilt. The quilt--- a massive cloth of collected pieces memorializing the dead--- shows both the death toll from AIDS and the humanity of the victims and loved ones. (www.amazon.com/Common-Threads-Stories-Dustin-Hoffman/dp/B0001Y4LDM)
Out in the Silence: Love, hate and a quest for change in small town America. (2009) The filmmaker publishes a wedding announcement in his old hometown newspaper that sets off a firestorm of controversy. Citizens of this rural Pennsylvania town struggle with how to think and feel about gay relationships, and the film focuses on CJ, a gay high school student whose experience of chronic harassment prompts his mother to confront the local school board. Hearing directly from CJ and watching some of his own video footage provides an painful inside view of what it is like for many gay youth in schools today. (www.wpsu.org/outinthesilence)
For The Bible Tells Me So (2007) A compassionate and insightful documentary about the contemporary face of an old conflict between Christian fundamentalists and gay and lesbian people. Through the experience of five very normal, very Christian, very American families - including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson - we discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. With commentary by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard's Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech, For The Bible Tells Me So offers healing, clarity, education and understanding for anyone seeking the integration of religion and sexual identity. (www.amazon.com)
Anyone and Everyone (2007) Connected by having a son or daughter who is gay, parents across the country discuss their experiences in this compelling and accessible documentary. This diverse cross section of people represent a wide variety of racial, ethnic and religious identities and all candidly speak to the dilemmas and struggles, as well as the gifts, in having a gay child. (Blue Mountain Arts, 800-525-0642)
Freeheld (2007) This film won the academy award for Best Documentary Short Subject and tells the gripping story of a dying New Jersey police officer who fights to transfer her pension to her domestic partner. It is an intimate portrait of one couple willing to fight for their rights, and one small town grappling with prejudice and justice and everyday life. (www.freeheld.com)
Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She. (2006) This documentary narrated by author Gore Vidal and filmed in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America, Middle Sexes examines the ways different societies and cultures handle the blurring of gender, sexual identity and sexual orientation. Through interviews with transgender, intersexual and bisexual men and women, as well as experts from the scientific and academic communities, the film considers the entire spectrum of sexual behavior, personal identity and lifestyles among people of different backgrounds and cultures. (www.hbo.com/docs)
In The Family: Marriage Equality and LGBT Families (2005) Two short films that explore the impact of marriage and adoption rights in diverse GLBT families. Out In the Heartland shows how Kentucky's constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage affects three families and their communities. The film gives a face to those at the center of these amendments, illuminating their long-term consequences for all. In My Shoes: Stories of Youth with GLBT Families. The voices of the millions of people who have a gay parent are often ignored in the media, in the government, or in our communities. Conceived of and produced by youth, In My Shoes features the voices of five young people who share their own views on marriage, making change, and what it means to be a family. (www.frameline.org)
The Laramie Project (2004). The Laramie Project was created from over 200 interviews conducted with Laramie residents before, during, and after the trials of the two boys who killed Mathew Shepard, a young, gay college student. The interviews create an amazing cross-section of American views on homosexuality, religion, class, privacy, and much more. Even though it features an all-star cast, the material has not been glamorized. (www.amazon.com)
Ma Vie en Rose (My Life in Pink). Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, Ma Vie en Rose is the story of 6 year old Ludovic who believes that he is meant to be a girl. In his hopeful and sensitive fantasy world this mistake will miraculously be corrected. In reality his family and suburban neighbors are horrified by his desire to be a girl. Love and loyalty are sorely tested in this lovely film. French with subtitles but worth the effort! (www.sonypictures.com)
Ready, Set, Respect. GLSEN’s Elementary School Toolkit released in 2012 contains suggested lesson plans that focus on name-calling, bullying and bias, LGBT-inclusive family diversity and gender roles and diversity. It also includes tips for educators on how to teach more inclusively, intervene effectively in bullying, and promote respectful playtime and physical education. (www.glsen.org/readysetrespect.html)
No Name-Calling Week is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities. The NNCW Education Kit contains all of the resources needed to implement a No Name-Calling Week in your school. The kit includes a video, resource guide with program information, lesson plans, resource lists, and other curricular material, including a copy of The Misfits, the novel by James Howe that inspired the formation of the NNCW project. (www.nonamecallingweek.org)
Powered By Girl. A girl-driven media activism site designed and maintained by the Girls Advisory Board of Hardy Girls Healthy Women and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies students at Colby College. PBG questions and analyzes the media targeting girls and women, provides opportunities to think, work together, critique and talk back, and develops tools to demand a more diverse and healthier set of messages. PBG capitalizes on love of satire and humor, desire to be seen and heard, and passion for social media.
The GLSEN Lunchbox 2 A comprehensive training program aimed at providing educators and community members with the background knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to make schools safer and more affirming places for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students. The GLSEN Lunchbox 2 is designed to be a ‘do-it-yourself’ kit and contains all the instructions and materials necessary for even inexperienced facilitators to conduct complete trainings that address LGBT issues. Because the needs of educators vary greatly from one community to another, The GLSEN Lunchbox 2 encompasses a broad range of strategies and provides a flexible structure. The training module is presented in menu format, and includes 45 exercises categorized under seven broad areas or “Frames.” Each Frame represents a different goal or facet of a complete training experience. (www.glsen.org)
Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project (2010) This project assists K-12 schools in creating and maintaining an athletic and physical education climate that is based on the core principles of respect, safety and equal access for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. The GLSEN Sports Project fills a critical gap and adds a vital new dimension to
Ugly Ducklings Community Action Kit. In conjunction with the film (see above) this kit is designed to educate adults and youth about bias-based harassment and to provide resources for families, schools and 10 communities who wish to openly support LGBT youth by initiating honest dialogue and creating safe, supportive environments. Educational materials, tools, resources included. (www.uglyducklings.org)
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) A national organization working to assure that every member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation. GLSEN is the preeminent source of up-to-date research, climate surveys, curriculum resources, and GSA networking information. (www.glsen.org)
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States SIECUS has served as the national voice for sexuality education, sexual health, and sexual rights for over 40 years. SIECUS provides the most up-to-date information related to sexuality education (www.sexedlibrary.org) and provides training opportunities for educators, health professionals, parents, and communities across the country to ensure that people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds receive high quality, comprehensive education about sexuality. Many free online resources. (www.siecus.org)
Advocates for Youth Advocacy group that champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. The core values of the organization are Rights, Respect and Responsibility; adolescent health is the sole focus of their domestic and international programs. Provides printed and electronic resources, technical assistance, and training to promote research-based best practices in the field of adolescent sexual health. (www.advocatesforyouth.org)
YouthResource: a project of Advocates For Youth YouthResource is a website by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) young people that takes a holistic approach to sexual health and exploring issues of concern to GLBTQ youth. This is a great resource for students who may want to explore questions and/or are looking for practical information. The “youth experts” provide appropriate, helpful guidance in language that is familiar to kids. (www.youthresource.com)
Tolerance.Org This web project of the Southern Poverty Law Center is a principal online destination for people interested in dismantling bigotry and creating communities that value diversity. Through its online resources and ideas, its extensive collection of print materials, its outreach efforts, and its downloadable public service announcements, Tolerance.org promotes and supports anti-bias activism in every venue of life. Teaching Tolerance is the print magazine sent at no charge twice a year to educators. (www.tolerance.org) NB: Many excellent Lesson Plans under links related to Gender Shouldn’t Limit You!
Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools is a public benefit organization committed to safe middle schools and high schools for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender youths and all students. Their vision is of educational systems where all students thrive regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. MANY useful resources for students and teachers involved in or wanting to start a GSA. (www.GSAforSafeSchools.org)
Equality Forum promotes understanding of the impact of homophobia on individuals, families and society, and advances Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) equality. Equality Forum presents the largest annual GLBT civil rights symposium and festival each spring in Philadelphia, and undertakes high-impact initiatives on GLBT equality. During Gay History month they post a photo and biography each day of GLBT people who have contributed to society. Easy to download, use in the classroom. (www.equalityforum.com)
Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and well being of girls and women. Our vision: all girls and women experience equality, independence, and safety in their everyday lives. Our mission: create opportunities, develop programs, provide services that empower them. (www.hghw.org)
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. (www.pflag.org)
Trans Youth Family Allies (TYFA) TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected. TYFA works to educate and inform schools, healthcare professionals, daycare centers, courts and legal representatives, child welfare agencies and communities about discrimination on the basis of gender identity or gender expression; and informs citizens, including legislators about advances in medical science and current standards of care with regard to the legal status of transgendered and gender variant children. (www.imatyfa.org)
Gender Spectrum Gender Spectrum provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens. Directed by Stephanie Brill, author of The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals. Provides consultation, training and events designed to help families, educators, professionals, and organizations understand and address the concepts of gender identity and expression. Lots of useful information that can be downloaded for free. (www.genderspectrum.org)