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LGBTQ+ Story Time for our Little Learners

Book Club for Queer, Transgender, Nonbinary, Gender-Expansive, LGBTQ+ Youth

Mx. Erika Rose, LMHC, MT-BC (she/they)
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(413)
During each meeting, youth will discuss a book featuring positive queer representation. All ages and dis/abilities are welcome, and the reading level and interest level of the books will vary.

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 9
The groups have a primary aim of book discussion and socialization. However, since it is inevitable that youths will have questions and be seeking information, the instructor will base the level of information on the guidelines from the Comprehensive Sexuality Education Guidance of the World Health Organization. These guidelines state, in part, that information should reflect the most current medical and social sciences understanding and focus on promoting the values that all individuals are worthy of dignity, respect, and autonomy. Youth will be likely to discuss the concepts of how sex and gender are different, as well as different genders and sexual orientations. Youth will be guided away from explicit or overly personal sharing and the depth and detail of discussion will be kept within the concepts recommended by the WHO for 12-15 at the absolute most, with content most likely to be appropriate for all ages based on these guidelines.
I am a clinician with two+ decades of experience working with youth and families. I am a member of the LGBTQ community and am raising a transgender youth. 
Homework Offered
A book will be chosen for each class, with the input of youths in my various LGBTQ+ groups, and titles will be posted in the course description along with the date each book will be discussed. Students will need to read the book on their own time before coming to class. Students are of course still welcome to join if class time comes around and they have not finished the book, but the intention is to have discussion among students who have read a particular book.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Students will need to locate a copy of the book and read it before class. Sometimes students are interested in doing their own internet research and learning more about the author, the setting, historical events that are referenced, and so forth. None of this is required. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Books will be chosen from nonfiction, classic literature, young adult fiction, and possibly other genres. Books may contain mature themes presented in context, but will not include books that primarily have an erotic, gory, or other graphic focus. Books will be chosen based on positive and accurate representation of LGBTQ+ individuals, among other considerations. Several books per semester will be suitable for all ages (free of adolescent themes such as extensive romantic content, substance use, etc.) and denoted as such. Some books will contain depictions of homophobia, transphobia, substance use, suicide, and other such topics, as these themes are important in LGBTQ+ literature. As we are an LGBTQ+ space, the books will always have an overall presentation of LGBTQ+ folks in a positive light and will never glorify harm to self or others. 

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(413)
I am a board-certified music therapist and licensed mental health counselor. I offer courses in music and expressive arts, life skills, and self-advocacy. I am happy to put together courses upon request. I aim to teach my classes in a way that is... 
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per class
Meets once
55 min

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(39)
Completed by 67 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 11-16
5-14 learners per class

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