About LGBTQ Writers in Schools


Authors for the LGBTQ Writers in Schools 2017-18 School Year in NYC

LGBTQ WRITERS IN SCHOOLS connects authors with classrooms by gifting their books to schools followed by a visit with the writer to discuss their work and LGBTQ issues. Designed for teachers of grades K-12, student organizations, and organizations serving LGBTQ youth, the LGBTQ Writers in Schools program is an opportunity for writers to discuss their work openly with students and to encourage diversity not only in the students’ reading and writing lives, but also in society at large.


  • To bring LGBTQ writers into grade schools and high schools to share their knowledge and experience in order to promote diversity and encourage understanding of the LGBTQ community
  • To enrich the grade school and high school English curriculum by incorporating and teaching LGBTQ texts in the classroom which will acknowledge LGBTQ writers’ contributions to literature
  • To foster an open environment to discuss LGBTQ issues and their impact on society and the individual through LGBT texts in a vibrant and moderated classroom atmosphere
  • Giving a voice to those who have long been silenced

You can help right now by donating LGBTQ books to schools. Click on the button below and scroll to the box at the bottom of the donate page. If you would like your name mentioned in the donated copy, indicate that in the “Memo” box. This donation is tax deductible.

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In spring of 2016, Lambda Literary, the global leader advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature, announced a historic partnership with the New York City Department of Education to make its LGBTQ Writers in Schools Program available to K-12 students in the largest school district in the nation.

The initiative has been made possible through funding from City Council Member Daniel Dromm to increase support for and encourage learning and dialogue about LGBTQ young people throughout New York City public schools.

Lambda’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools program is working in collaboration with New York City’s first-ever LGBT Community Liaison, Jared Fox, who has recruited educators throughout New York City to assign LGBTQ books to their students in preparation for an in-person author visit.

Last spring the LGBTQ Writers in Schools Program brought 20 authors, including Adam Silvera, Bil Wright, Naomi Jackson, Alex Gino, Peter Cameron, Cris Beam and Ariel Schrag to schools across the City to discuss their work openly with students and to encourage diversity. The program is also sponsored a keynote address by National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson who addressed a group of educators during a Professional Development conference. A number of publishing partners donated classroom sets of books including HarperCollins, Picador, Scholastic, NoBrow Press, and Simon and Schuster. This initiative broadens the foundation of experience for students of literature, creative writing, English, secondary education, history and social studies.

For spring 2017, through a generous grant from the city, we are able to schedule 39 visits to schools throughout all five boroughs. This year we welcome authors including Chinelo Okparanta, Naomi Jackson, Laurent Linn, Garrard Conley, Cris Beam, Ariel Schrag and many others to visit students and discuss their work.

Monica Carter (mcarter@lambdaliterary.org), Program Coördinator