Episode 41: Creating Safety and Inclusion for LGBTQ+ Students & Staff with Lee Wind


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"History should be like chocolate." - Lee Wind
In this episode, Lee Wind brings his love for history and his mission to empower LGBTQ+ youth and community to the forefront in this powerful episode of The Compassionate Educators Show. To serve our students means to create inclusive and safe environments for all youth as well as for adults. Whether you are here because you identify as queer, an ally, or an educator wanting to make a difference, our conversation will be insightful and full of fun facts from Lee's newest book, "No Way, They Were Gay?"
Take the Queer History Quiz here: www.leewind.org/quiz and tell us your Pride colors! Mine were red and orange for life and healing. My score was dismal, but that means I have lots of room to learn and grow!

Lee Wind’s superpower is stories – true and fictional – that center marginalized kids and teens and celebrate their power to change the world. Closeted until his 20s, Lee writes the books that would have changed his life as a young Gay kid. His Masters Degree from Harvard didn’t include blueprints for a time machine to go back and tell these stories to himself, so Lee pays it forward with a popular blog with over 3 million page views (I’m Here. I’m Queer. What The Hell Do I Read?) and books for kids and teens.

His latest book is the middle grade nonfiction “No Way, They Were Gay? Hidden Lives and Secret Loves” (Lerner Publishing Group/Zest Books, April 2021), honored as a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection.

With day jobs for the Independent Book Publishers Association (as their director of marketing and programming) and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (as their official blogger), Lee’s superhero job is storytelling to empower readers to shine with their own light.

Let's change lives together.

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