What’s your favorite book with a LGBTQ+ connection? Tell Chalkbeat for Pride Month.

Students protest in support of the LGBTQIA community outside of their school, holding Pride flags and signs.
The San Pedro High School Pride Club, Fem Fellowship, and Pirate Dancers participated in a silent parade and a Break the Silence Rally on campus in San Pedro, California on Friday, April 22. (Brittany Murray / MediaNews Group / Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images)

For Pride month, Chalkbeat wants to celebrate diverse LGBTQ+ identities and experiences by exploring the power of representation in literature, especially at a time when educators face new limits on the types of stories they can share in the classroom. 

Efforts to ban books considered obscene or divisive are censoring the narratives of racial and LGBTQ+ identities, according to Pen America, an organization that advocates for freedom of expression. The discussion of critical race theory, an academic framework that examines how policies and the law perpetuate systemic racism, has led to 36 states enacting legislation that restricts the teaching of race and racism. And restrictions like Florida’s recent “Don’t Say Gay” law prohibit lessons about gender and sexual identity in kindergarten through third grade. Florida’s law inspired other states to enact legislation that threatens to marginalize LGBTQ+ kids by restricting the teaching of LGBTQ+ issues in history and removing books with themes of sexuality and gender from school libraries. 

But stories with diverse characters and themes help adolescents feel seen. Diverse literature is vital for kids’ personal development and identity formation, according to the Urban Libraries Council, as stories are mirrors in which people see reflections of themselves. 

Chalkbeat wants to hear from students, teachers, and members of the LGBTQ+ community about what Pride means to you, how you think of your identity, and how diverse storytelling affects you.  

Tell us: What is your favorite novel or short story featuring an LGBTQ+ narrative or character? We might include your suggestion in a book list.

We look forward to receiving your submissions on the form below; the deadline is Wednesday, July 13th, at the end of the day. Questions? We’re always listening at community@chalkbeat.org.

If you are having trouble viewing this form, go here.

The Latest

Despite a rough rollout, nearly the same number of Indiana high school seniors filled out the FAFSA in 2024 as 2023. But there’s still time to fill it out.

The pages break down how much money each school received per student, and allows you to compare it to the citywide average of roughly $21,112 per student.

Some worry that the legislation is not enough to address disparities in enrollment and performance.

Many high school students struggled in the aftermath of COVID. This graduating senior found a talent for wrestling, teaching, and connecting with the classmates who wanted to give up.

Schools are too often punishing and excluding special education students with behavioral issues, Tennessee Disability Coalition says

Muchos estudiantes de high school atravesaron dificultades a consecuencia del COVID. Esta estudiante de último curso descubrió su don para la lucha, enseñar y para conectarse con los compañeros de clase que querían darse por vencidos.