Books – LGBTQ Rights


And Tango Makes Three
When male penguins Silo and Roy attempt to hatch an egg-shaped rock and find no success in their efforts, the zookeepers decide to place a fertilized penguin egg in their cage and end up with little baby Tango, in an amusing tale based on a true story from the Central Park Zoo

  • Authors: Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2005
  • Grade Level:  Elementary

Oliver Button is a Sissy
A picture book about a boy who stands up to bullies, not by fighting, but by staying true to himself.

  • Author: Tomie dePaola
  • Illustrator: Henry Cole
  • Source: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1979
  • Grade Level: elementary
  • Subject Area: social studies


Becoming Visible: A Reader in Gay and Lesbian History for High School and College Students
Collection of readings that place the struggles of gays and lesbians in a broad historical context.

  • Author: Kevin Jennings
  • Source: Alyson, 1994
  • Grade Level: high school – adult
  • Subject Area: social studies

The Meaning of Matthew: My Son’s Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed
The mother of Matthew Shepard shares her story about her son’s death and the choice she made to become an international gay rights activist. Captures the historical significance and complicated civil rights issues surrounding one young man’s life and death and also chronicles one ordinary woman’s struggle to cope with the unthinkable.

  • Author: Judy Shepard
  • Source: Hudson Street Press, 2009
  • Grade Level: high school – adult
  • Subject Area: social studies

Safe Schools Manual
A comprehensive resource including: best practice findings, content area lessons that include GLBT issues, tips for starting and developing Gay Straight Alliances, useful facts and statistics, thorough selection of GLBT youth-serving local and national organizations and websites, practical strategies to make schools more safe and respectful for all students, families, and staff, a toolkit of practical suggestions for school staff to create safe space for all students to succeed in school, and a primer for running school-based support groups, including activities, professional resources, and psychological theory

  • Author: Alan Horowitz and Grant Loehnig
  • Source: Out for Equity of Saint Paul Schools
  • Grade Level: high school – adult
  • Subject Area: social studies