Library's LGBTI resources

Alexandra Heagney

Three new LGBTIQ library guides have been published to assist members in accessing resources suited to their needs and interest. These Hot Topics bulletins contain summaries of books, DVDs and other resources held by the library that members might be interested in borrowing.

Examples include journals such as Rethinking Schools, which includes articles on sexism, gender and sexuality; the new children’s book, A Peacock Among Pigeons, which tells the tale of learning how to stand out when you can’t fit in; and teenage non-fiction book Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, in which six teens share what it is like to be members of the transgender community.

The LGBTIQ Adult and Teacher Reference guide includes texts on inclusive educational policies and practices, professional development texts and DVDs, classroom resources, website resources and fictional books.

Beyond Diversity Day: A Q&A on Gay and Lesbian Issues in Schools is a handbook written by Arthur Lipkin for teachers, counsellors, parents and students who want to understand sexuality differences, promote wellbeing and reduce self-hatred and violence amongst LGBTI youth.

This resource is written in a question-and-answer format that offers advice to foster positive relationships among LGBTI youth, their families and the schools. It also incorporates appropriate LGBTI-related curricula across disciplines to help support inclusivity in education. This book offers a compelling plan for working with diverse students and improving schools.

Safe Spaces: Making schools and communities welcoming to LGBT youth offers a comprehensive view of the lives of LGBTI youth from kindergarten to university and offers effective strategies to advocate for educational institutions to better address the needs of LGBTI students.

This resource offers more than 80 real-life narratives, drawn from the stories of 100 people, including families, students, educators and community members. It is a great read for anyone who wants to learn or do something to aid LGBTI youth.

The LGBTIQ Young Adults and LGBTIQ Children guides provide a comprehensive list of texts and other resources that can be included in teaching and learning programs and in school libraries. Many of the texts have been recognised with various awards.

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink, written by Jane Yolen and Heidi EY Stemple, offers a fun and engaging tribute to girl power. The book uses a simple rhyme scheme and thought-provoking illustrations by Annasophia Langquetin to challenge the social norms of girlhood. It encourages students to challenge the social norms of “princesses” and femininity.

This book was a great addition to my classroom during a Stage 3 child protection lesson on gender. It offered a great point of discussion for the students on how our society can be quite gendered.

Jacob’s New Dress, is a heart-warming picture book written by Sarah and Ian Hoffman and illustrated by Chris Case. This is a story about Jacob who loves playing dress-up because he can be anything he wants to be! Some kids at school say that Jacob can’t wear “girl” clothes but he wants to wear a dress to school.

This story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don’t identify with different gender roles. It is a brilliant resource to be used in PDHPE lessons on gender in primary school classrooms. It elicits deep discussions around gender, bullying and freedom of expression.

Other resources on a range of topics including LGBTIQ, Aboriginal education, special education, refugees, curriculum and key learning areas, early career teachers and more can be found online through the library’s catalogue, accessible via Federation’s membership app or the website.

Alexandra Heagney is a member of the LGBTIQ Restricted Committee