For Educators

LGBTQ students regularly report that there is little that is as important to their vision of themselves as seeing LGBTQ+ people represented in their studies. Whether in history courses, literature, as part of the biographical profile of a scientist, or the subject matter in artwork, students need to see that people like them made it into adulthood, successfully, and are part of our common history.

Part of improving outcomes, acceptance, and affirmation of LGBTQ people in society, and affirming plurality of the world is to present accurate portrayals of LGBTQ people and contributions and to approach the gaps in narratives and histories presented in school.

We believe that when classroom materials are both aligned with the Core Curriculum Content Standards and reflect diverse instruction students will be able to appreciate differences and acquire skills and knowledge that are essential to function effectively with LGBTQ individuals, LGBTQ allies, and people of various backgrounds. Further, we hold it to be true that when LGBTQ individuals see themselves reflected positively in instruction and various aspects of their school, the educational climate and well-being of LGBTQ individuals will be positively impacted.

Resources for educators can be content, quick start guides, and foundational information on language and inclusion. Many additional resources can be found here.

Cultural Competencies

List of competencies by educational domain


Transformational approaches to inclusion

Language and Usage Guides

For writing and media
For speaking and writing
For Concepts and related terminology

Book Lists and Summaries


High School

Middle School

Elementary School

The Rainbow Book List (American Library Association)

Elementary Inclusive Education Curriculum and Resources

It’s OK to Be Different is an in-depth set of tools for teaching empathy, understanding, and kindness to preschool through middle school aged children. It is a comprehensive, flexible program featuring six literature based units that are easily woven into the curriculum in age appropriate succession. The lessons are free and only require email contact/registration to receive.

Reading the Rainbow: LGBTQ Literacy Instruction in the Elementary Classroom, Caitlin L. Ryan and Jill M. Hermann-Wilmarth, for K-5 educators

Middle/High School Inclusive Education Curriculum and Resources

Rainbow Quest! is a board game for players ages 11 and up that “teaches culture and history, manifests social skills and confidence, and cultivates copious amounts of laughter and fun.”

Position Statements from Educational Professional Organizations

National Council of Teachers of English
Strengthening Teacher Knowledge
Gender and Language
Opportunity to Learn
Need for Diverse Books
Role of Teachers and Students in Curriculum Development
Gender roles and non-conformity in English Curriculum

National Council for the Social Studies
Human Rights Education
Powerful teaching and learning in Social Studies
Contextualizing LGBT+ history

Parent Teacher Association
Guidance for PTAs
Supporting LGBTQ Students and Families

Additional Resources and Educational Statements

AFT: Reading the Rainbow
Transgender History in the US (excerpt) Genny Beemyn
UK Stonewall Org: curriculum guide
Best Practices from Teaching Tolerance


Teaching Tolerance


Welcoming Schools

Gender Spectrum


Teach Rock

Make It Better for Youth