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The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded top honors to an education organization that provides LGBTQ+ affirming book sets to schools across the U.S.
GLSEN, or the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, is a network of over 1.5 million people working to create safe, affirming schools, and one of its programs is the Rainbow Library initiative that “provides LGBTQ+ affirming text sets to schools free of charge.” The organization has already sent Rainbow Library sets to 1,800 schools and libraries across 19 states.
The network’s website proudly declares that two-thirds of their books “center the voices of queer authors of color and 40% of our books center the voices of trans and nonbinary authors,” and the sets come in four different age ranges, from kindergarten up to grade 12.
But the content of the Rainbow Library sets is being kept a secret. In order to discover which books are being shipped out to schools for use in kindergarten classrooms, you must be a full-time staff member at a school, and apply for a copy of the book list.
The GLSEN Rainbow Library online bookstore has the usual array of colorful picture books aimed at teaching young children that their bodies are unimportant and what truly makes them boys or girls is a feeling inside their heads.
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