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ERIC Number: EJ1212719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Reading and Teaching the Rainbow: Making Elementary School Classrooms LGBTQ-Inclusive
Hermann-Wilmarth, Jill M.; Ryan, Caitlin L.
American Educator, v43 n1 p17-21, 40 Spr 2019
As queer-identified women and former elementary school teachers who now work in universities as teacher educators, the authors spent the past decade developing a range of approaches to help elementary school teachers integrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ)-inclusive practices into their teaching: "expanding representations" of LGBTQ people, "questioning categories" with regard to gender and sexuality, and "questioning representations" within LGBTQ-inclusive texts. In this article, they explain why LGBTQ-inclusive elementary school instruction matters, outline the approaches they have developed and have used in real-life classrooms, and suggest resources for teachers as they do this work.
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. 555 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001. Tel: 202-879-4420; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A