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The Need

According to the 2017 GLSEN Missouri School Climate survey, less than half of Missouri students say they have access to LGBTQ-related library resources at school.

 

Just 14% of Missouri students say they were taught positive representations of LGBTQ people, history, or events at school. A collection of texts that positively represent LGBTQ+ characters and historical figures is critical for any school to be an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students and those with LGBTQ+ family members.

The Plan

Thanks to the leadership of GLSEN Greater Kansas City and the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) we have sent LGBTQ+ affirming text sets to over 110 schools and libraries across Missouri - for free.

Each school that was selected received one Rainbow Library set, which contains 10 LGBTQ+ affirming grade-aligned books, as well as posters and supplemental resources.


At the Missouri Rainbow Reader Summit, youth, families, librarians, and school staff virtually come together from across the state to hear from an author of an LGBTQ affirming book, get to know area LGBTQ organizations, and win prizes. Readers who had submitted top-quality Rainbow Reader Reviews about Rainbow Library books in advance of the event are recognized with awards at the event.

Request a Rainbow Library for Your
Missouri School or Library

Find a Missouri LGBTQ+
Community Center

LGBTQ+ Community Centers offer programming for LGBTQ+ youth, such as group meetups, Queer Prom, volunteer opportunities, and LGBTQ+ focused scholarships.  Many Centers have virtual programming during COVID-19 closures.

The Glo Center

518 East Commercial St.

Springfield, MO 65801

417-869-3978

info@glocenter.org

The Center Project
515 Hickman Ave.

Columbia, MO 65201

573-449-1188

info@thecenterproject.org

Kansas City Center for Inclusion

3911 Main Street

Kansas City, Missouri 64111

816-753-7770

info@inclusivekc.org

 

PrideCenter of St. Louis

3738 Chouteau Ave. #200

St. Louis, MO 63110

314-480-6898

info@pridestl.org

Thank you to our
Winter 2021 Missouri Sponsors!

Sponsor the Rainbow Library Missouri

Rainbow Library sponsors will be recognized in a number of ways, ranging from this website to virtual and in-person Rainbow Library events.

State sponsorship levels are as follows:

  • State Presenting Sponsor -  $15,000 and up

  • State Platinum Sponsor - $8,000 and up

  • State Gold Sponsor - $5,000 and up

  • State Silver Sponsor - $3,000 and up

  • State Bronze Sponsor - $1,500 and up

To learn more about becoming a sponsor for the Rainbow Library , email info@rainbowlibrary.org.

Not interested in becoming a sponsor, but still want to contribute? Click here!

Missouri

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