We want to change how rural schools think about LGBT inclusion, mental health, and well-being. We collaborate with teachers, administrators, and librarians to make classrooms more LGBT-inclusive.

LGBT history Harvey Milk

LGBT people have played prominent roles throughout history and across cultures. Da Vinci and Michelangelo, Woolf and Wilde, Khalo and Eisenman, Bacon and Turing: LGBT people have been vital to human progress in every field.

Role modeling and representation

However, in the US today, the vast majority of books, movies, magazines, and songs focus exclusively on heterosexual narratives. In schools, despite queer people’s role in history, LGBT narratives—or LGBT elements of narratives—are rarely discussed.

Queer teen mental health

This lack of representation has proven consequences for LGBT youth. At school, 66% of LGBT students experience discrimination. One in ten have been threatened or injured with a weapon. Such victimization is linked to lower GPAs, graduation rates, and college matriculation.

Teachers and librarians

Teachers are uniquely positioned to reverse these trends. According to the NIH, the typical age of coming out coincides with the developmental period in which students are particularly open to positive messaging. An inclusive classroom, a caring teacher, a relatable book can be life changing.


Hope In A Box works with librarians, teachers, and administrators to cultivate such environments that put LGBT students on track for success. Click here to learn how.

Diversity and inclusion