The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights, with 21 Activities
Author: Jerome Pohlen
Pubpsher: Chicago Review Press
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Part of the popular For Kids series, this book puts the historic struggle for LGBT equality into perspective Given today's news, it would be easy to get the impression that the campaign for LGBT equality is a recent development, but it is only the final act in a struggle that started more than a century ago. This timely resource helps put recent events into context for kids ages nine and up. After a brief history up to 1900, each chapter discusses an era in the struggle for LGBT civil rights from the 1920s to today. The history is told through personal stories and firsthand accounts of the movement's key events like the 1950s "Lavender Scare," the Stonewall Inn uprising, and the AIDS crisis. Readers will learn about civil rights mavericks, like Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, founder of the first gay rights organization; Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, who turned the Daughters of Bilitis from a lesbian social club into a powerhouse for LGBT freedom; and Harvey Milk, the first out candidate to win a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Also chronicled are the historic contributions of famous LGBT individuals, and 21 activities enliven the history. Kids can write a free verse poem like Walt Whitman, learn the Madison line dance, design an AIDS quilt panel, and write a song parody to learn about the spirited ways in which the LGBT community has pushed for positive social change.
Parents of LGBT Children. Looking for LGBTQ books that offer guidance on providing loving support to your LGBT child? Parents of LGBT children guide: Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child" provides parents of a LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning) child with a framework for helping their LGBTQ child navigate through a world that isn’t always welcoming. Author Telaina Eriksen, a professor at Michigan State University and the mother of a gay daughter, explains what she and her husband have learned through experience, including how to: • deal with gay children coming out • confront bullying of gay children • become an advocate for gay children • and, build a support system in a gay family Gender and sexuality ─ Eriksen also covers the science on gender and sexuality and how to help a transgender child through the various stages of development. Throughout the book parents and kids who have been there, share their stories. She also directs gay family parents to various resources online to help them. LGBTQ parents will learn... • How to help their child navigate locker rooms, sleepovers, proms, etc. • When to involve the police or school administration when it comes to bullying • How to advocate for local, state and national policies that protect your child • Ways to educate well-meaning, but misguided extended family members • How to help start a Gay-Straight Alliance at your child’s school • Strategies for keeping your child talking after he or she comes out • Signs of unhealthy relationships • When to consider therapy for your child and/or your family • How to find an LGBTQ-friendly community (including inclusive churches)