The month of June brings with it the celebration of PRIDE! This is a celebration of all that the LGBTQ+ community has accomplished. It is also meant to be a recognition of the decades-long — and still ongoing — fight for equal rights. Here are some resources for you to use with your students year-round to highlight LGBTQ+ history and celebrate Pride Month. These resources will help to foster conversations amongst your students about acceptance, identity, and promote tolerance.
When it comes to topics like gay marriage, gender roles, and LGBTQ+ rights a common response is “this is a family matter, not for a classroom”. Here at Education to the Core, we continue to strive to release material and encourage teachers to include multi-cultural texts and media within their daily instruction. LGBTQ+ is no exception.
FREE Live Conference for Educators –
June 11-13: Pride in Education – LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Education – a FREE 3-day global live conference delving into multiple facets of LGBTQ+ inclusion and celebration in education.
PRIDE Month Picture Books –
- Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
- When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff and Kaylani Juanita
- It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn and Noah Grigni
- Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty
- And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, and Henry Cole
- Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
- The Family Book by Todd Parr
- Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart PhD
- Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman
- Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
- My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis
- Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah Hoffman
- A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager
- This Day In June by Gayle E. Pitman
Chapter Books for Older Students –
These books are for middle school and high school students, but as educators, they may be a good Pride month resource for us to read as well.
- Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender (4-8th grade)
- The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta (9-12th grade)
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (9-12th grade)
- You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (7-12th grade)
- (Non-Fiction) A Queer History of the United States for Young People by Michael Bronski (7-12th grade)
PRIDE Videos –
- YouTube Channel Nina’s Kids Club (Drag Queen Children’s Book Read Alouds)
- Pop’n’Olly – YouTube Channel
- YouTube Channel Queer Kid Stuff
- In A Heartbeat – Animated Short Film
- Love is Love – LGBT+ Pride Song for Kids – Hipster
- Blue’s Clues Pride Parade
- Kids Meet a Gender Non-Conforming Person – Kids Meet: HiHo Kids
- Kids Meet a Transgender Soldier – Kids Meet: HiHo Kids
- LGBTQ Family: I Have Two Moms
- Karamo Brown Reads “I Am Perfectly Designed”, Netflix Jr.
- Welcoming Schools (Human Rights Campaign Foundation) –
- Project THRIVE Webinars (Human Rights Campaign)
- Best Practices for Serving LGBTQ Students (Learning for Justice – formerly Teaching Tolerance)
- Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators (PBS Learning Media)
- Using Literature to Advocate for Queer Kids and Their (Potential) Allies (NCTE – National Council of Teachers of English)
- Safe and Inclusive Schools for All (ADL – Anti-Defamation League)
- Beyond the Binary: Discussing Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Identity in K-12 Schools (ADL)
- Let’s Get It Right: Using Correct Pronouns and Names (ADL)
- We Are Family: Making Classrooms Inclusive for All Families (ADL)
Instagram Teachers to Follow –
- @wokekindergarten on Instagram
- @zerowasteclassroom on Instagram
- @mrdtimes3 on Instagram
One of our goals as teachers is to encourage children to be inclusive, accepting, open-minded and empathetic. By excluding whole populations of families and individuals, we are doing an injustice to our students. Teachers lay the foundations and allow students to create their own path creating their own personal beliefs and self-ethics.
We hope you find these Pride Month resources helpful. As an organization, ETTC will continue to share blogs and resources that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. These resources should not just be used for one month, but all year round.
In addition, if you have resources to share with us, be sure to put them in the comments below! Together, we will work towards the goal of inclusion of everyone. We are looking forward to hearing from you.
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