Resources for educators

American Mensa, Ltd.

Part of the international high-IQ society that has online forums, scholarships, and opportunities to socialize.

QueerSIG (special interest group) is one of the longest-running SIGs in American Mensa. “QueerSIG provides a comfortable meeting space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members,” per the AML website.

The Minnesota chapter is Minnesota Mensa.

Gender Justice

“We work to create a world where everyone can thrive no matter their gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Central to this work is dismantling the legal, political, and structural barriers to gender equity.”

GLSEN—Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network

“GLSEN works with educators, policy makers, community leaders and students on the urgent need to address anti-LGBT behavior and bias in schools. GLSEN strives to protect students from bullying and harassment, to advance comprehensive safe schools laws and policies, to empower principals to make schools safer, and to build the skills of educators to teach respect for all people.”

GLSEN has “Safe Space Kits” available for purchase, which many teachers use to communicate to students that their classrooms and offices are safe havens (to talk, to get away from bullies, to just be themselves).

Hoagies Gifted

Includes information on gifted education, 2E (twice-exceptional) issues, and has reading lists for gifted teens.

NAGC LGBTQ+ Network Provides an online diversity toolbox that is loaded with advocacy information


This foundation gives scholarships and provides program assistance to educators and LGBTQ+ youth who live in Minnesota.

Quatrefoil Library

Quatrefoil (Minneapolis) has books and e-books suitable for young readers, as well as community events. Membership is free for all, but donations help to keep the library going.


RECLAIM increases access to mental health support so that queer and trans youth ages 12-25 may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms.

Transforming Families Minnesota

Offers multiple resources for all transgender youth and their families. Based in MN, but some other states, such as California, have similar organizations.

The Trevor Project: Saving Young Lives

“The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.”


Brown, Rita Mae. Rita Will: Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser. New York: Bantam Books, 1997.

In her memoir, Brown explicates her life’s journey as a gifted-queer woman, emphasizing the importance of being true to one’s self and the necessity of developing resiliency to counter discriminatory attitudes.

Huegel, Kelly. GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer & Questioning Teens. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 2011.

Covering issues from abusive relationships to youth resources, Huegel answers many of the common (and some not-so-common) questions that arise for GLBTQ teens, providing them with tools to advocate for themselves and keep themselves healthy.

Piechowski, Michael M. “Experiencing in a Higher Key: Dabrowski’s Theory of and for the Gifted.” Expert Approaches to Support Gifted Learners. Ed. Margaret Wayne Gosfield. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 2008. 19-32.

This chapter provides a brief introduction/overview for readers unfamiliar with Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration. It can be very helpful in understanding the concept of Overexcitabilities (OEs).

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