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GSA/LGBTQ: MHS Resources

Pittsford library materials relevant to GSA/LGBT

Teen Voices

Mendon High School - Non-fiction

Mendon High School - Fiction


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Multimedia Materials

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WARNING! Mature content/ language

This 40-min. video about British LGBTQ youth is housed within our new media database, Classroom Video on Demand (found on the library database page). All videos in this database can be down-loaded/ shown as short chapter clips, similar to Safari Montage. 

Reference Materials at MHS Library

There has been an evolution in the language we use to define the spectrum of sexuality. Take a look at the links below for background knowledge on both new and old terminology as well as developments in our historical understanding of human sexuality. Most of these links come from the GVRL database referenced here. 

Sexuality Spectrums

Intervention - What Can We Do at PSCD?

Several academic articles follow which explore the dynamics of the LGBTQ school environment and what we can do as educators to assist potentially struggling students.

Educational Leadership, 2016

Journal of School Counseling, 2012

Journal of School Counseling, 2008

Journal of School Counseling, 2009

Affirmation, Support and Peer Education on College Campus'

At Risk - LGBTQ Youth

Magazine Articles, Book Reviews, News and Current Events

Intersex Feature

The reality of intersex was discussed in our session. In recent memory, perhaps no adult novel better explores this idea  than the 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning work, Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides. 

Feature Cross-Over (YA/AD) Novel

This novel was a finalist for the William C. Morris Debut award (best debut author) in 2012.

What is a GSA?

Informative link to background information on GSA groups in high schools as well as ideas for building a club and interest within your school.

Rochester Gay Alliance

Link to comprehensive resources from Rochester's Gay Alliance, members of whom presented to MHS faculty during Superintendent's conference day 10/6/17.


GLSEN (pronounced "glisten") was founded in 1990 by a small, but dedicated group of teachers in Massachusetts who came together to improve an education system that too frequently allows its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students to be bullied, discriminated against, or fall through the cracks.

Over 25 years later, that small group has grown into the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students.

Cass Model and School Intervention

We were introduced to the 6-stage Cass Identity Model in our session (the infographic here will serve to remind of those 6-stages).

Other Identity Models

There are other identity models in addition to the Cass Model evidenced in our Superintendent's day session. Check out the short list and descriptions of others in this PDF.