ReadingOUT offers the types of searches you’ve come to expect – title, author/illustrator, and subject. Plus other search types that are self-explanatory – genres, grade levels, and awards.
One search category is unique to ReadingOUT: Identity Groups
What do we mean by “identity groups”?
This category allows you to search for each group that is included under the LGBTQ umbrella … and a few more. Here’s a brief rundown of the terms in this category and how they are used here at ReadingOUT:
Allies refers to people who support and advocate for members of communities other than their own -- within our context, any non-LGBTQ people who support and advocate for LGBTQ people.
Bisexual once referred to people who are affectionally, romantically, and/or sexually attracted to people of the same or opposite sex. But with our expanded understanding of sex and gender (see, for example, intersex and transgender below), the definition has evolved. So here at ReadingOUT, bisexual refers to those who are attracted to people of two different sexes or genders.
Gay refers to males who are affectionally, romantically, and/or sexually attracted to other males.
Gender Independent refers to children whose gender expression differs from socially-sanctioned gender roles, such as a boy who plays with dolls or takes ballet lessons or a girl who plays with cars or quarterbacks the football team – those often derogatively labeled “sissies” and “tomboys.” At ReadingOUT, we prefer the affirmative connotation of “gender independent” over the more common (and value-laden) term “gender non-conforming.”
Intersex refers to people who are born with both or ambiguous male and female external genitalia, internal reproductive systems, gonads, or sex chromosomes. Previously intersex people were referred to as hermaphrodites, a term now considered negative. A controversial new term for intersex conditions is Disorders of Sex Development (DSD).
Lesbian refers to females who are affectionally, romantically, and/or sexually attracted to other females.
Queer, once considered derogatory when applied to LGBTQ people, has been reclaimed by some as an all-encompassing umbrella term. Others conceptualize it even more broadly, using it to refer to any non-heterosexual-identified person or act. ReadingOUT applies this term in the latter, more comprehensive sense.
Questioning refers to individuals who are engaged in self-discovery and exploration of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
Transgender refers to people who literally “transgress” gender. An umbrella term applied to people whose gender behavior, expression, or identity does not conform to the sex they were assigned at birth, transgender is applied to a range of gender diverse people. There is some disagreement regarding the breadth of inclusion under this term. Sometimes intersex people are included under the umbrella, while transsexuals opt out. ReadingOUT applies this term in its broadest sense.
We at ReadingOUT feel that it is important to point out LGBTQ books that deal with other diverse groups, so we added these additional categories under “identity group”:
Bilingual refers to books written in two languages.
International refers to books originally published outside the US.
Multicultural refers to books containing characters who are people of color or people with disabilities.