As Pride Month draws to a close, we at Dearest have been reflecting on the kind of parenting and teaching that promotes equality, equity, representation, and inclusion. Not just during June, but all year long. Not just in the classroom, but outside of it, too.
Teaching children to advocate for social justice illuminates many of society’s difficult realities and may inspire young scholars to learn about, and reflect upon, the role of civil rights and resistance in history, leadership, and power.
As parents, we hold tight to a vision of the world we hope to leave our little ones. Raising children as allies challenges them to be critical thinkers, to question the status quo, to ask difficult questions and listen to difficult answers. It brings us just a little closer to that future we imagine for them.
We have compiled our list of favorite resources for families who wish to celebrate and recognize L.G.B.T.Q.+ struggles and triumphs, both ongoing and historical. Happy Pride!
Read (for kids):
- Red: A Crayon’s Story is a beautifully illustrated story about individuality and gender nonconformity.
- Mommy, Mama and Me is a story about a same-sex parents and their daughter. There’s no limit to what a loving family can do! (Also, see Daddy, Papa and Me)
Read (for parents):
- New York Times Pride 2019 offers content for parents to explore L.G.B.T.Q.+ history, culture, and pride.
Listen (for parents):
- New Family Podcast, especially “Raising Children with Justice, Mercy and Kindness”, “Gender Creative Kids”, and the “Pride Month Special” to hear first-person stories from every form of family.
Watch (for parents):
- What’s it like to be a Transgender Dad: “Authenticity doesn’t mean ‘comfortable.’ It means managing and negotiating the discomfort of everyday life,” LB Hannahs says while speaking to the experience of “parenting as a genderqueer individual — and what it can teach us about authenticity and advocacy.”
Meet (for parents and educators):
- New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute is continuing to offer a series of workshops “designed to spark discussion, facilitate the creation of shared language, and provide educators and families the resources they need to make their classrooms and homes safe spaces for the development and expansive exploration of identity.”