Kids and teens want and need books that reflect their lives and the diversity of the world they live in. But when it comes to issues of LGBTQ+ inclusion, conversations about writing can get complicated. There are difficult and often emotional debates around appropriation– and there is a long history of negative stereotypes and harmful tropes. How do we decide which stories to write? How can we ensure our work is inclusive of the diverse LGBTQ+ community? What are the gifts and dilemmas of the OwnVoices movement? When writing about identities we don’t share, what questions are important to consider? How can we avoid common tropes and pitfalls? And what does LGBTQ+ inclusion look like in picture books, middle grade and teen fiction and non-fiction? Bring your questions! Note: this class has a handout available on the handouts page on the media menu.