This article addresses the common perception of gender non-conforming and gender-expansive identities as difficult classroom topics. The lack of gender-inclusive curricula in American schools results in a reactive approach to teaching about queerness, specifically about people who identify as transgender and/or gender non-conforming. Teachers need to adopt a proactive approach to teaching about queerness in order to prevent gender-based discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools and in the world. Trans-inclusive children’s literature has become more available in recent years. However, teachers need to be conscious of popular narratives that offer a limited perspective on people who identify as transgender and gender non-conforming people. The article recommends some recent gender-inclusive children’s titles that challenge dominant cultural narratives about transgender and gender non-conforming identities.
Brody, S. (2020). Gender-Inclusive Children’s Literature as a Preventative Measure: Moving Beyond a Reactive Approach to LGBTQ+ Topics in the Classroom. Occasional Paper Series, 2020 (44). https://educate.bankstreet.edu/occasional-paper-series/vol2020/iss44/7