Doors to Diversity: Mirrors and Windows in Children's Literature
Lead by Example
Kimberly S. Jackson, PFLAG Boulder County and St. Vrain Valley School District Safe School Coalition
Salon H

Windows and Mirrors is a metaphor to help children understand themselves better and to help teachers, parents, and concerned citizens create safe places for them in schools. Through reading LGBTQ-friendly books, children are equipped to see themselves (mirrors) and others (windows) in the books they read and know that people “like me” are full citizens and fully accepted at school. In this session, participants will explore ways that books can assist in creating a safe environment for LGBTQ students and families. We’ll discuss some of the children's books available that address LGBTQ topics and families and how gender division in schools perpetuates harmful language and stereotypes, as well as ways to prevent and end bullying in schools. 

Presenter Bio

Kimberly Jackson is a retired folk and acoustic disc jockey, music, movie and book reviewer and short features writer. She is a former bookstore owner and manager. She is a blogger, gender activist and mama. With an air of humor and a pinch of truth, she openly admits to being a former ‘lesbian bigot’ (ask her about that…). She knows firsthand the hardships of growing up different since coming out as a lesbian in rural Missouri in the mid 80’s. Kimberly is an often-quoted source on LGBTQ parenting of gender expansive children and issues that affect the LGBTQ community. She is the communications team leader and board member with the Boulder County PFLAG Chapter. She is also a member of the St. Vrain Valley School District Safe Schools Coalition. Kimberly lives with her partner of nearly 20 years and their gender expansive son in Colorado.

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