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lgtbq youth celebrating books tv shows and resources for pride month

June is Pride Month, and this year, to celebrate its diversity and inclusiveness, Teach Away compiled a list of books, TV shows, and educational resources to help teachers empower students, celebrate diversity, and create safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ+ youth.

Check out the resources below:

Happy learning!

(Please note that all books and TV shows listed are suitable for kids 12 and up. We recommend reviewing the content first before sharing it with your students to ensure that it aligns with your expectations.) 

Teach Away’s podcast episode on LGBTQ+ inclusive classrooms

Listen to it here: Teach Away’s School Of Talk Teacher Podcast: LGBTQ+ Inclusive Classrooms With Ace Schwarz

Episode Highlights:

  • Ace breaks down their definition of LGBTQ+ inclusive education as well as the intended goal or purpose of LGBTQ+ inclusive education.
  • Ace gives advice to teachers who are making LGBTQ+ inclusive education a focus this year, including how teachers can adjust their language, content, and the physical environment to support all students.
  • Ace share’s their personal experience with how creating a safe space has impacted their school community.
  • Ace explains what they see schools doing well and where improvements can still be made. Plus, they tell us one thing schools could do to make schools more inclusive.

Books that celebrate LGBTQ+ identities

For Youth

  • “I Am A Rainbow” by Mark Kanemura: Mark, a boy who loves dressing up and dancing, faces teasing at school for his unique interests, but his parents gift him a cape that gives him confidence and the freedom to be himself, until it goes missing, leading him on a journey to rediscover his shine and celebrate self-acceptance.
  • “And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell: A heartwarming true story about two male penguins who form a loving family and raise a baby penguin together.
  • “The Great Big Book of Families” by Mary Hoffman: A diverse and inclusive exploration of different types of families and the love and support they share.
  • “It’s Okay to be Different” by Todd Parr: A colorful book that celebrates diversity and teaches children to embrace their uniqueness and accept others.
  • “The Family Book” by Todd Parr: A joyful book that celebrates all types of families, showcasing the idea that families come in different shapes, sizes, and colors.
  • “Red: A Crayon’s Story” by Michael Hall: A story about a blue crayon mistakenly labeled as red, teaching the importance of self-discovery and embracing one’s true identity.
  • “Julián Is a Mermaid” by Jessica Love: A beautifully illustrated tale about a boy who expresses his love for mermaids and discovers the acceptance and support of his abuela.
  • “I Am Jazz” by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings: Based on the true story of Jazz Jennings, this book shares the experiences of a transgender girl and promotes understanding and acceptance.
  • “Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship” by Jessica Walton: A heartwarming story about a teddy bear named Teddy who opens up about their true gender identity, emphasizing friendship and acceptance.
  • “Worm Loves Worm” by J.J. Austrian: A delightful story about two worms who want to get married, challenging traditional gender roles and celebrating love in a simple and inclusive way.
  • “The Boy & the Bindi” by Vivek Shraya: A story of a young boy who becomes fascinated by his mother’s bindi and explores gender, identity, and self-expression in an Indian cultural context.

For Tweens/Teens

TV shows that celebrate LGBTQ+ voices

  • “Steven Universe”: This animated series features a diverse cast of characters and explores themes of love, acceptance, and identity, including LGBTQ+ representation.
  • “Adventure Time”: While not solely focused on LGBTQ+ themes, this animated series includes several instances of LGBTQ+ representation and explores relationships and identity in a whimsical and adventurous world.
  • “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” (2018 version!): This animated series includes LGBTQ+ characters and relationships as part of its storyline, highlighting themes of love, friendship, and acceptance.
  • “The Prom”: This movie adaptation of the Broadway musical features a star-studded cast and tells the story of a group of Broadway actors who rally behind a lesbian student who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom.
  • “Love, Simon”: This movie follows the journey of a gay high school student named Simon as he navigates coming out and finding love while dealing with the challenges of adolescence.

Movies that celebrate LGBTQ+ stories

  • “Luca”: This is a full length Disney Pixar feature film that tells the story of Luca, a young sea monster who disguises himself as a human boy while exploring the Italian Riviera. The movie celebrates friendship, self-discovery, and acceptance, making it an enjoyable watch for all audiences.
  • “ParaNorman”: This animated film features a young boy named Norman who can communicate with the dead. It subtly addresses LGBTQ+ themes through a character’s coming-out moment, highlighting the importance of acceptance and understanding.
  • “The Book of Life”: This colorful animated movie centers around a young man named Manolo who embarks on a journey through the Land of the Remembered and the Land of the Forgotten. It includes a character named Joaquin, who challenges traditional gender roles.
  • “Kubo and the Two Strings”: This stop-motion animated film stars Kubo, who embarks on a quest to find his late father’s armor. The film showcases diverse relationships, including a lesbian couple, in a positive and inclusive manner.
  • “My Life as a Zucchini”: This stop-motion animation tells the story of a young boy named Zucchini who is placed in an orphanage after the death of his mother. The film touches on themes of family, friendship, and acceptance, including a transgender character.

Educational resources to create more inclusive learning environments

Create a safe and inclusive school for LGBTQ+ youth

Sharing LGBTQ+ stories and voices with those who need them helps everyone, and creates the building blocks for a safe and inclusive school.

Join Teach Away on our mission to create a world where every student experiences the power of a great teacher and realizes their full potential because of it.

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