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Ms. A. from Portland OR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Gender Studies saved me...

My students need books that explore gender and LGBTQA identity, history, and issues for our Gender Studies classroom. They are warriors for social justice and peace and, with your help, they can change our school climate.

  • $558 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach Gender Studies in a diverse, high-poverty neighborhood.

Madison is a diverse public high school: 17% of students are African/African American, 23% Hispanic, 16% Asian/Pacific Islander, 9% multi-racial, 2% Native American, and 33% Caucasian.

Many of my students struggle with challenges outside of school. Over 70% of our students are below the poverty line. Many students are in the foster care system or are homeless. Many are recent immigrants learning English as a second language. Several are questioning their gender and sexuality with little support. I have amazing students who use their diversity and life experiences to their advantage. They are excited to explore the intersection of gender, race, and class.

My Project

Madison High School is home of the first Gender Studies class in Portland. My students came to me with enthusiasm and hopes that they could not only learn more about identities that have been erased from curriculum, but also change the climate of our school. In a time where high school hallways are plagued with "That's so gay" and 'f-bombs', Gender Studies was a place where many students found community and voice at Madison. As one student wrote in their class review, "Gender Studies saved me. I found my people, grew strong and resilient, and spread love and tolerance because of this class. It should be required."

The books in this project will help my students explore identity, theory, history around gender and sexuality in order to better educate our school.

I am hoping to supplement class with books that explore intersectionality like 'Namibia's Rainbow Project' and 'Changing Ones' because queer people of color often find themselves outcasts of both communities and their stories shed light on the penetrative power of institutional oppression. I am asking for more books that explore LGBTQA history like 'A Queer History of the United States' to challenge the invisibility of these his/her/they-stories in mainstream Social Studies rooms. I am most excited for the workbooks on this list like 'Gender Quest' and 'Guide to Gender' because my students love interactive material and need a safer space to explore and develop their own gender identities.

Thank you for considering donating to my kids!

Ms. A.
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Undoing Gender • Amazon Business $34.25 1 $34.25
My New Gender Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity • Amazon Business $31.97 1 $31.97
Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America • Amazon Business $29.92 1 $29.92
Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology • Amazon Business $28.93 1 $28.93
Bi Any Other Name - Bisexual People Speak Out • Amazon Business $22.29 1 $22.29
The Invention of Heterosexuality • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
Transgender Warriors : Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman • Amazon Business $20.40 1 $20.40
A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder (Critical Studies in Native History) • Amazon Business $20.29 1 $20.29
Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (Routledge Classics) (Volume 36) • Amazon Business $20.25 1 $20.25
Namibia's Rainbow Project: Gay Rights in an African Nation • Amazon Business $20.12 1 $20.12
A Little Gay History: Desire and Diversity Across the World • Amazon Business $19.93 1 $19.93
The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQ Activism • Amazon Business $18.93 1 $18.93
Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue • Amazon Business $16.90 1 $16.90
A Guide to Gender (2nd Edition): The Social Justice Advocate's Handbook • Amazon Business $16.10 1 $16.10
GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens • Amazon Business $15.97 1 $15.97
Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference • Amazon Business $14.40 1 $14.40
Queer: A Graphic History • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
A Queer History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Sexual Metamorphosis: An Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs • Amazon Business $13.12 1 $13.12
Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity • Amazon Business $12.81 1 $12.81
The ABC's of LGBT+ • Amazon Business $10.29 1 $10.29
The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity • Amazon Business $9.29 1 $9.29

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