Add LGBT Literature to the BHS American Lit. Curriculum

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There is a startling lack of LGBT-themed literature in the Brookline High School American Literature curriculum. Not only was the Gay Rights/Gay Liberation Movement (and modern iterations of it) a crucial part of American history -- the LGBT experience has been accurately and poignantly portrayed in countless works of American Literature. We (the LGBT-identifying (and supporting) Brookline High School students) thus implore the BHS English Department to add a notable work of LGBT literature to the American Literature curriculum.

Although there is already an LGBT-related class at the school, only students in the selective School Within a School may enroll; American Literature is required for most juniors to take. By adding LGBT literature to the curriculum, it is guaranteed that almost all juniors will be exposed to the topic.

Some potential novels to add include:

  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
  • The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal
  • Zami by Audre Lorde
  • Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
  • Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg

(We will be adding more novels as they are suggested.)



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