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The Classic “Heather Has Two Mommies” Up-Dated

By Kathy Pillsbury, March 22, 2015

It’s hard to believe that “Heather Has Two Mommies” by Lesléa Newman was first published 25 years ago. A lot has changed since then when the number of lesbians and gay men who were choosing to have children was just beginning to rise.

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WATCH: CNN Digital: When your young daughter says ‘I’m a boy’ - Raising Ryland

By Kathy Pillsbury, March 19, 2015

Stephanie Dodds, Ryland’s kindergarten teacher, really understands kids and schools as she says, “One of my responsibilities as an educator is to make a safe classroom environment for all of my students."

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And Tango Makes Three - After 10 Years Still a Favorite

By Guest Contributor, March 11, 2015

"And Tango Makes Three" was first published almost 10 years ago in June 2005. Zoe, a 10-year-old blogger, still gives "Tango" a two thumbs up with its "cute waddling penguins," the dads - Roy and Silo - and their baby, Tango.

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NPR All Things Considered: Transgender Students Learn To Navigate School Halls

By Guest Contributor, March 10, 2015

Tomás says people regularly ask him if he's a boy or a girl. "I just really think I'm really both," says Tomás. "I really don't care what people call me. Sometimes I say I'm a girl. Sometimes I say I'm a boy. Sometimes I say, does it really matter? For Tomás...his elementary school's efforts seem to be working. His mom says his grades and behavior improved after he was given more freedom to be himself.

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Yes, We Have a Book for That! Families, Gender, & Bullying

By Welcoming Schools News, February 27, 2015

This month we feature a sampling of our up-to-date diverse book recommendations for elementary schools to get students talking and learning about family diversity, gender stereotypes and identity, and bullying. Download one, two or all of them!

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Like A Girl Rocks the Super Bowl

By Kathy Pillsbury, February 01, 2015

For young girls, confidence plummets during puberty and many never fully recover. Always is on an epic battle to end that by changing the meaning of the phrase #LikeAGirl from an insult to mean downright amazing things.

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What DO You Say? Responses to Students’ Difficult Questions

By Welcoming Schools News, January 30, 2015

“She looks like a boy!” “Why does Martin like pink?” “What does gay mean?” “How can she be your mom?”

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THRIVE with Welcoming Schools Workshops

By Beth Sherouse, Ph.D., January 23, 2015

“This is a great opportunity for people who work with LGBTQ youth to learn strategies from people who are on the ground working with youth and educators on issues of LGBT and gender-based bias, as well as all forms of identity based-bullying, on a daily basis.”

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CNN: HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools Program Fights Bias and Stereotyping in Schools

By HRC Staff, January 19, 2015

CNN features Welcoming Schools in its Martin Luther King, Jr. Day coverage with "How to Talk to Kids About Racism." Conversations around equality and bias are issues that need to be held year round, not just on holidays.

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Transgender Teen’s Death a Call to Action

By Beth Sherouse, Ph.D., January 03, 2015

Stories like this are powerful reminders to our community about the wounds that rejection can inflict – as well as the protective potential of accepting families.

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