Gay-Friendly Books Now on California Schools’ Reading Lists

One of the Books Recommended for Teens 'Totally Joe.'

One of the Books Recommended for Teens ‘Totally Joe.’

The California Department of Education announced that they’ve revamped their recommended reading lists for kindergarten through 12th grade to reflect the recently signed The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful Education Act, better known as the Gay-History Bill. This year, for the first time, some of the titles will deal with sexuality and gender identity.  “It’s good to teach kids that everyone is different, and we are all people and that we can all be accepted for who we are. I think it’s really great to see these books being recommended,” said Spencer Douglas of the LGBT Youth Task Force.

According to ABC: “The books are recommended according to age and range from young kids’ activity books celebrating gay rights leader Harvey Milk, to books for older kids like  ‘I am J,’ a novel about transgender teens, and ‘Totally Joe,’ which is about a boy coming out.”


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