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Ms. Jones from New York NY is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading, Writing, and Rainbow Flags

My students need books that reflect and celebrate their lives as LGBTQ youth of color.

  • $673 goal

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My Students

I work in an alternative high school in New York City. Many of our students are older and come from environments that did not meet their needs as learners. We strive to create a school community that recognizes the myriad gifts and knowledge that each students brings to the classroom.

We also pride ourselves on creating a safe space for LGBTQ students.

Our Gay Straight Alliance is large and active. They often initiate brilliant ideas for creating a more inclusive school and lead projects (like an anti-prom) that gets the whole student body excited and involved.

Most of our young students have very adult responsibilities and struggle economically and, in turn, academically. But they also have profound understanding of their own experiences and extraordinary insight into the world around them. And their energy is the stuff that movements are made of.

My Project

The goal of this year's Gay Straight Alliance is to build a library that celebrates young LGBTQ people of color and their communities. Students say that too often the books they see on the shelves focus on the lives of straight characters and reinforce traditional gender roles and norms. My students would like to see more books that reflect their own experiences as LGBTQ and ally youth. They want (and need) stories that allow them to see themselves and celebrate themselves as visible and vital members of society.

A library complete with books that celebrate LGBTQ youth and their communities would go a long way to meeting that need.

Our goal this year is to stock up on as many books as possible that reflect our beloved community of LGBTQ students of color. Many of the books we've picked were recommended to us by the students themselves. With these books, we will launch reading circles and writing workshops in the Student Learning Center where our GSA meets every Thursday during lunch.

It's important to note that this won't just be a library of books that feature LGBTQ youth of color. After reading so many stories and seeing so many films about tragic LGBTQ characters, students realized that there is not enough recognition out there of the joy they experience in their day to day lives. And in a society that often makes them feel afraid or defeated, joy is a very powerful tool for overcoming adversity. It almost becomes a form of resistance. So celebrate with us and help us to provide our students with the love, support, hope, and representation that they need to live fuller and more joyful lives.

Ms. Jones
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fresh Romance Volume 1 • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Chulito: A Novel • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
IRL • Amazon Business $18.00 1 $18.00
Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Juliet Takes a Breath • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Flutter, Vol. 1: Hell Can Wait • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
What Night Brings (Working Classics) • Amazon Business $15.15 1 $15.15
Funny Boy: A Novel • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Fairytales for Lost Children • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Under the Udala Trees • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Life is Wonderful, People are Terrific • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Full Fathom Five: A Novel of the Craft Sequence • Amazon Business $14.48 1 $14.48
George • Amazon Business $13.33 1 $13.33
Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel • Amazon Business $13.13 1 $13.13
The Mariposa Club • Amazon Business $13.00 1 $13.00
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More • Amazon Business $12.22 1 $12.22
Last Night I Sang to the Monster • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
Street Dreams • Amazon Business $11.33 1 $11.33
Down to the Bone • Amazon Business $11.01 1 $11.01
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
The Cosmopolitans • Amazon Business $10.84 1 $10.84
Not Otherwise Specified • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
The City of Devi: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.62 1 $10.62
Guapa • Amazon Business $10.46 1 $10.46
The Bane Chronicles • Amazon Business $10.35 1 $10.35
Don't Let Him Know • Amazon Business $10.01 1 $10.01
The God Box • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
If You Could Be Mine: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
A Map of Home: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.87 1 $9.87
Sister Mischief • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Love & Lies: Marisol's Story • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Skim • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Huntress • Amazon Business $8.81 1 $8.81
Twelve Angry Men (Penguin Classics) • Amazon Business $8.75 1 $8.75
This Book Is Gay • Amazon Business $8.71 1 $8.71
The Culling (The Torch Keeper) • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Am I Blue?: Coming Out from the Silence • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
More Happy Than Not • Amazon Business $7.93 1 $7.93
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
The House You Pass On the Way • Amazon Business $7.75 1 $7.75
I Am J • Amazon Business $7.63 1 $7.63
Lies We Tell Ourselves (Harlequin Teen) • Amazon Business $7.62 1 $7.62
Orphea Proud • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda • Amazon Business $7.12 1 $7.12
Openly Straight • Amazon Business $6.24 1 $6.24
Happy Families • Amazon Business $4.43 1 $4.43

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