“The Maine Department of Education supports all LGBTQ+ identifying, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer and questioning students, families, and school staff.” 

DOE is working to accomplish this commitment by:

  • Providing schools with access to best practice supports
  • Including LGBTQ+ student voice through task-force and stakeholder work
  • Engaging schools in creating safe, equitable and positive school cultures
  • Enhancing connections between schools and LGBTQ+ community organizations

To support these DOE efforts, OUT Maine curated a book list to embed the life experiences of LGBTQ+ people into schools’ learning curricula. These books are designed to supplement educational content currently being utilized in schools. 

The books focus on a variety of topics including gender, diversity, and self-expression. In addition, students will learn about empathy, family dynamics, and gender stereotypes.

Click the grade level below to see the recommended reading list.

Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8