UK: Books give elementary school pupils wider exposure to LGBT issues

Books aimed at teaching elementary school students about issues concerning the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community have been published recently to deepen understanding about sexual minorities in Japan.

Publishers say the books that teach basic knowledge on how “anyone should be able to become happy, as oneself” are not only for those who identify as LGBT, but to educate teachers and children on how to respect others’ rights and be accepting of different viewpoints.

“We want children who are not (of the LGBT community) and teachers to also read these books,” said one book editor.

Earlier this year, Tokyo-based publisher Otsuki Shoten Co. released “Watashirashiku, LGBTQ,” a translation of “Living Proud! Growing up Lgbtq” by Robert Rodi and Laura Ross, over four volumes.

Q can mean “questioning” or “queer,” an umbrella term nonspecific to sexual orientation or gender.

The books explore what it means to be transgender and the personal experiences of people who take steps to transition from their gender at birth and “your options when you feel like your physical sex is out of sync with who you are.” Read more via Japan Times