We're Here, We're (Not?) Queer: LGBTQ Characters in Children's Books

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Abstract

How are non-heterosexualities portrayed in children's literature? Which non-heterosexualities are featured and why? What information and beliefs do these books expose children to? And why does that matter? In this article, I analyse a number of books in English for children, both picture books and books for older readers, in order to see how the United States and the United Kingdom understand and portray non-heterosexualities. Understanding whether and how gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and otherwise queer (GLBTQ) characters are included and portrayed in children's books reveals how society as a whole thinks about GLBTQ people.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-300
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of GLBT Family Studies
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2012

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