Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Literature in the Classroom: A Critical Analysis of the Available Resources

This document reviews the data on the importance of using Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) literature in the classroom. Existing studies reveal that LGBT students face more harassment at school-both verbal and physical-than non-LGBT youth. Studies reveal that LGBT children and youth lack role models and there is an absence of literature where they can see themselves reflected in the classroom. Research shows the addition of literature is helpful not only for LGBT students, but, also, for increasing empathy in non-LGBT youth. Due to this deficit there has been an increasing awareness for change and inclusion. New laws and resolutions are being formulated and enacted. Therefore it is necessary for educators to be aware of the literature that is available to them in order to include LGBT literature into their classrooms. This project created a resource guide for educators to use in their search for literature. The guide includes elementary resources through high school. Keywords: bisexual, classroom, gay, lesbian, literature, transgender, tolerance