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Recommended LGBT-Positive Titles for BC Schools: a list of recommended books and resources by Glen Hansman, Vancouver BC School Board Antihomophobia & Diversity Consultant. Addresses lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender issues that schools are encouraged to have in their collection. All of these are suitable for classroom and library use to address the prescribed learning outcomes in Personal Planning K-7, Language Arts, Social Studies, Health & Career Education K-7 and 8-9, Planning 10 – or any effort to make your school a affirming space for all students, staff, and families.
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Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning Towards Social Justice - by Kevin Kumashiro (2004). Full of original insights and cutting-edge ideas, Against Common Sense presents a compelling case and a clear moral vision for antioppressive education. Enriched by Kumashiro's experiences as a teacher and in-depth examples from different curricular areas, this book is essential for anyone interested in understanding what is entailed and what it means to teach for social justice. Drawing on his own experience teaching diverse grades and subjects, Kevin Kumashiro examines aspects of teaching and learning toward social justice, and suggests concrete implications for K-12 teachers and teacher educators. To obtain Against Common Sense go to www.amazon.ca [or, in the U.S., www.amazon.com]

Dangerous Liaisons: Blacks, Gays, and the Struggle for Equality, E. Brandt, 1999. ISBN: 1565844556. The leading minds of both the black and gay communities to address such timely issues as attitudes towards gay marriage vs. attitudes towards interracial marriage and homophobia in the black church. Contributors include Henry Louis Gates Jr., Audre Lorde, Cornel West, Martin Duberman and Samuel Delany. NY: The New Press. $22.95 (hc)

Dramatic Changes: Talking About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity with High School Students Through Drama by Paula Ressler, 2002. ISBN: 0325004145. "Teachers need no drama background or extensive knowledge about sexual orientation and gender identity to use this book. Each chapter provides an introduction to the type of drama presented-from simple role plays through complex and extended pieces-along with educational objectives, rationales, resources, and materials needed." NH: Heinemann Publishing. $21.00

  Gay-Straight Alliances: A Handbook for Students, Educators, and Parents - by Ian K. Macgillivray, 2007, Haworth Press. Hard Cover ISBN
978-1-56023-684-9, Soft Cover ISBN 978-1-56023-685-6. This book explains exactly how to begin this important type of school club that helps build positive relationships and promotes knowledge and tolerance. This guide tells students what it takes to start a GSA at their school, teachers how best to work with GSAs, and helps principals and superintendents to understand the applicable laws. Parents who read this book can discover for themselves just how positive an influence the GSA may be in their child's life.  http://www.ianmacgillivray.com/gay-straight-alliances.html and http://www.amazon.com/Gay-straight-Alliances-Handbook-Students-Educators/dp/156023685X/  You can also go to
http://www.ianmacgillivray.com/publications.html which goes to the author's research that's been published. Contact him at http://www.ianmacgillivray.com/contact.html for copies if you don't have access to professional journals.

Gay-Straight Student Alliance Handbook: A Comprehensive Resource for Canadian K-12 Teachers, Administrators, and School Counsellors - Canadian Teachers’ Federation, 2006. This resource is the latest in a series of Canadian Teachers’ Federation publications aiming to help teachers, school administrators and counselors in understanding the educational, health and safety needs of bisexual, gay, lesbian, trans-identified and two-spirited (BGLTT) students. Visit www.ctf-fce.ca to order.

The Lesbian and Gay Book of Love and Marriage: Creating the Stories of Our Lives, P. Martinac and R. Achtenberg, 1998. ISBN: 0767901622. Traces same-gender relationships from courtship through creation of families. Includes the thoughts and stories from the "experts" and celebrities and resource information on a variety of topics from adoption to same-sex domestic violence. NY: Broadway Books. $18.00.

Lesbian & Gay Youth: Care and Counseling, C. Ryan MSW and D. Futterman, MD, 1997. ISBN: 0231111916 (pbk), 0231111908 (hc). Handbook on care, counseling and support needs in working with GLBT teen mental health issues. Originally published as the entire June 1997 issue of the American Academy of Pediatrics' hardcover journal, Adolescent Medicine. Columbia University Press. $21.00 (pbk). http://www.youthresource.com/health/caitlin/book.cfm  

Mom, I Need To Be a Girl, Just Evelyn, 1998. This amazing 103-page book was written by the mom of a transsexual child who transitioned -- including surgery -- with mom's support while still in high school. It includes, at the end, sections with advice to trans youth and their parents, questions to ask in choosing a counselor, an endocrinologist, and more. The self-published book is available free in English on the web at: http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/TS/Evelyn/Evelyn.html  or in Spanish at: http://www.justevelyn.com or in paper for $10 from Just Evelyn, 3707 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92103.

Now That You Know: A Parents Guide to Understanding Their Gay and Lesbian Children, B. Fairchild and N. Hayward, 1998. ISBN: 0156006057. Written by mothers of gay children, this award-winning book discusses the nature of homosexuality and works toward helping both children and parents understand each other. NY: Harvest Books. $13.00.

One More River To Cross: Black And Gay In America, K. Boylier, 1998. ISBN: 0385479832 (pbk), 0385479824 (hc). Explores the social, political and emotional context of being African American and gay in the U.S.A. Book addresses racial and sexual identity issues. NY: Doubleday Books. $14.00 (pbk)

The Respectful School: How Educators and Students Can Conquer Hate and Harassment: S. Wessler and W. Preble, 2003. ISBN: 0-87120-783-4. Draws on research and the experience of young victims to explain fundamental changes that every school should make to preserve a respectful learning environment. LGBT-inclusive. Browse (read excerpts of) this book online: <http://rdr.sbml.cc/Click?q=57-YJBXII09Fpwy6tvF0FCVtdQG>. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. $23.95, $18.95 for ASCD members.

Sexual Orientation and School Policy: A Practical Guide for Teachers, Administration and Community Activists, Ian K. Macgillivray, 2003. ISBN-10: 0742525082, ISBN-13: 978-0742525085. This book helps the reader to understand and mediate the debates that arise when gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, intersex, and queer/questioning (GLBTIQ) students and their families ask for equal treatment from the schools and are opposed by conservative parents.
http://www.rowmanlittlefield.com/Catalog/SingleBook.shtml?command=Search&db= %5EDB/CATALOG.db&eqSKUdata=0742525074

She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders,  J.F. Boylan, 2003. ISBN: 076791404X. Vickie Countryman, Director of Equity at Spokane Public Schools, says, "This is an excellent book for those [high school students and adults] who want more info, or who would like to have a better understanding of transgender/transexuals as well as a resource."  She's Not There is a memoir of a man named James who became a woman named Jenny. As the book jacket says, "[Bouillon] explores the remarkable territory that lies between men and women, examines changing friendships and rejoices in the redeeming power of family." NY: Broadway Books. $24.95

Social Services with Transgendered Youth, G. Mallon, DSW Ed., 1999. ISBN: 1560231351. Through personal narratives and case studies, this book explores the childhood and adolescent experiences of transgendered persons. NY: Harrington Park Press. $39.95 (hc)

Trans Forming Families: Real Stories about Transgendered Loved Ones, M. Boenke, 1999. ISBN: 0966327217. This book is a collection of stories by mothers of very young gender variant children, parents of adult transgendered folks, spouses and partners, grandparents, siblings and friends. Stories of profound caring. Web site: www.aiyiyi.com/transbook. Waterford Press. $13.95.

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals, by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper (2008) ISBN-10: 1573443182; ISBN-13: 978-1573443180. This comprehensive first of its kind guidebook explores the unique challenges that thousands of families face every day raising their children in every city and state. Through extensive research and interviews, as well as years of experience working in the field, the authors cover gender variance from birth through college. What do you do when your toddler daughter’s first sentence is that she’s a boy? What will happen when your preschool son insists on wearing a dress to school? Is this ever just a phase? How can you explain this to your neighbors and family? How can parents advocate for their children in elementary schools? What are the current laws on the rights of transgender children? What do doctors specializing in gender variant children recommend? What do the therapists say? What advice do other families who have trans kids have? What about hormone blockers and surgery? What issues should your college-bound trans child be thinking about when selecting a school? How can I best raise my gender variant or transgender child with love and compassion, even when I barely understand the issues ahead of us? And what is gender, anyway? These questions and more are answered in this book offering a deeper understanding of gender variant and transgender children and teens.

Transgender Warriors: Making History From Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman, L. Feinberg, 1997. ISBN: 0807079413 (pbk), 0807079405 (hc). Examines gender role expression across cultures and throughout history in a transfixing, carefully documented but extremely readable style. Includes photos. Boston: Beacon Press. $20.00 (pbk), $27.50 (hc).

Understanding Homosexuality, Changing Schools: A Text for Teachers, Counselors, and Administrators, A. Lipkin, 1999. ISBN: 0813325358. Addresses the significance of gay and lesbian issues in education; aids communication between gay/lesbian students and their families and schools; and more. Westview Press (to order at a 20% discount for your personal library, call toll-free 1-800-386-5656 and mention source code U718). $39.00.

When the Drama Club Is Not Enough: Lessons from the Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students, J. Perrotti and K. Westheimer, 2001. ISBN: 0807031305. Part concrete advice, part inspirational story-telling by two remarkable educators and activists. Includes a wonderful chapter on race and gender as well as sections on sports, elementary and middle schools, and managing controversy. Boston: Beacon Press. $24.00 (hc)

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