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Seattle schools LGBTQ+ book

Seattle Public Schools’ book celebrates LGBTQ+ students, staff and families

"Our Students, Their Stories" can truly be described as a labor of love.

Seattle schools LGBTQ+ book: A longtime Seattle Public Schools project has come to fruition with publication of the book “Our Students, Their Stories,” a celebration of LGBTQ+ people and their families.

More than two dozen students and a handful of staff members are featured in the beautifully illustrated coffee table-style book, co-authored by Lisa Love, SPS manager of health education, and photographer Nate Gowdy.

“We are really proud of this project – it’s one of the best things about 2020 for us,” Love said.

The book is intended as a celebration but also a tool to be used in SPS classrooms, in staff trainings and in community engagement and parent education.

Superintendent Denise Juneau expressed her support, saying, “This book reflects that our district sees LGBTQ+ students and that they are an integral part of our classrooms and schools. As a Native, gay, woman superintendent, I am proud to be part of an organization that prioritizes the core, meaningful issues that are vital to all of us.”

Thanks to a grant from Seattle PRIDE, “Our Students, Their Stories” will be available in every SPS school library, counseling office and school-based health center.

The book can be purchased ($38, including shipping) on the SPS Health Education web page.


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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 12-year-old girl.