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Prof calls for more 'gender-fluid' books in preschools

Correspondent on Sep 13, 2017 at 6:30 PM EDT

Campus Reform
  • A professor from the University of Rhode Island published a recent article that argued for placing more books with "transgender or gender-fluid protagonists" in preschool libraries.
  • Such a practice, she explained, would allow transgender children to "feel understood, validated, and respected for who they are."

A University of Rhode Island professor recently argued that libraries should start carrying more books with “transgender or gender-fluid protagonists” for preschoolers.

Susan Trostle Brand, a professor of early childhood education, suggested in an article published last week that school libraries should carry books with LGBTQ main characters to “provide active and enthusiastic support” for youth in those communities.

“Transchildren see protagonists like themselves, and feel far less alone."   

“By using carefully selected children’s literature…teachers can make a positive difference in the lives of individuals who are transgender and/or those who live in diverse families,” Brand wrote in her article for the Journal of Childhood Education.

Without these books, transgender kids may face a higher “risk of depression” or “low self-esteem,” Brand argues, especially since the “curriculum in most schools does not reflect the wide range of individual uniqueness” in the LGBTQ community.

Brand told Campus Reform that providing kids access to books such as My Princess Boy and When Kathy is Keith is crucial because it helps to counter the societal message that there is “something dreadfully wrong with being gay or transgender.”

“Transchildren see protagonists like themselves, and feel far less alone. They feel understood, validated, and respected for who they are. They are freed to be themselves,” she explained, calling upon her colleagues to set positive examples for non-transgender students and they “will follow suit.”

“Early experiences with diverse literature and positive role modeling make a tremendous difference for transgender, gay, and cisgender individuals, alike,” Brand remarked, adding that parents have a similar responsibility.

“Parents and caregivers should introduce the topic when children are in preschool,” she concluded. “They ‘get it’ more than we might think.”

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Comment by DTOM on September 21, 2017 at 9:38am

Is this a woman, or a man in makeup and a bad wig?

Author of such papers as 'Universal Design for Learning: A Blueprint for Success for All Learners' & 'Promoting Global Initiatives and Cross-cultural Understanding in China'

'Universal Design for Learning' ?

'Global Initiatives'?


Comment by Deep Space on September 15, 2017 at 9:54am

This professor should be fired.

Comment by Diana on September 15, 2017 at 9:23am

It is a way to eliminate sexual barriers to equality.  Under the glorious state, all will enjoy equal misery and to ensure that equality, differences must be eliminated by programing from birth or as soon as the state can get control.  The confusion and fear also aids the state in molding their young minds.

Comment by Less Prone on September 15, 2017 at 6:13am

Why push sexuality on children? It's after puberty when sexuality should appear at its normal time.


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