Stories about LGBTQ+ experiences

These books focus on the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals of all ages. You will find books in this section that explore the experiences of trans and gender-expansive children, as well as books written specifically to represent the experiences and struggles of lesbian and gay children as they live authentically. As you build your classroom library, pay attention to these themes and select a collection that will provide a comprehensive introduction to the experiences of LGBTQ+ people.

With illustrations and characters that pique the curiosity of young children and engaging storylines that communicate important messages about diversity, acceptance, kindness and solidarity, these books are valuable teaching tools that will provide access to LGBTQ+ experiences for your early learners. 

In addition to stories about people simply living their lives, this section also includes stories of real-life heroes on the front lines of the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Many of these books can be reintroduced at the elementary-school level to deepen students’ understanding of LGBTQ+ history, real-world experiences and concepts related to social justice.