Thu, Nov 16, 2023

12 PM – 1:30 PM EST (GMT-5)

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Blanchard Great Room

50 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075, United States




Join author and educator Sarah Prager as she discusses her commitment to LGBTQ+ education. We will also learn about some important queer and trans figures throughout history, their activism, and their connections to their faith communities!

Sarah is the author of four books on LGBTQ+ history: Queer, There, and Everywhere, Rainbow Revolutionaries, Kind Like Marsha, and A Child’s Introduction to Pride.
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Sarah Prager

Sarah Prager is an advocate for queer history education particularly for youth. HarperCollins published her first book, Queer, There, and Everywhere: 27 People Who Changed the World, in May 2017 and an expanded edition of the book was released in June 2023. The young adult book received three starred reviews, was named an official selection of the Junior Library Guild, received five award nominations, and was named a Best Book for Teens 2017 by New York Public Library and Chicago Public Library.

Her second book, Rainbow Revolutionaries: 50 LGBTQ+ People Who Made History (2020), tells more stories of LGBTQ+ historical figures but this time more heavily illustrated format for a middle grade audience. It is also a Junior Library Guild selection. Her third book, Kind Like Marsha: Learning from LGBTQ+ Leaders (2022), is an illustrated children’s picture book that shares positive attributes of 14 LGBTQ+ historical figures. Her fourth book, A Child’s Introduction to Pride: The Inspirational History and Culture of the LGBTQIA+ Community (2023), gives a 96-page beautifully-illustrated overview of global queer history as well as a kid-friendly introduction to concepts like coming out and identity labels. She is also the author of a 2024 page-a-day calendar, Pride: A Celebration of LGBTQIA+ History and Community, from Workman Publishing that shares a new piece of trivia, vocab word, celebrity quote, historical figure’s bio, historical event, action item, reflection question, or quiz every day.

Sarah’s writing has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, National Geographic, NBC News, HuffPost, Cosmopolitan, The Advocate, JSTOR Daily, Fodor’s Travel, Business Insider, Better Homes & Gardens, Parents, and many other outlets. Her writing has also appeared or is forthcoming in print by Chicken Soup for the Soul, Rutgers University Press, Magination Press, Michigan State University Press, and Workman Publishing. Sarah has presented on LGBTQ+ history to over 200 groups across eight countries, including Harvard Business School, University of Oxford, Microsoft HQ, Twitter HQ, and U.S. embassies in Mexico and India.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Language & Literatures from Boston University in 2008, with a course of study that included one academic year spent at the Universidad de Burgos in Spain where her courses focused on political science. During her time at BU, she also held several months-long internships a variety of non-profits for causes from public health to LGBTQ+ rights in locations from Paraguay to Bulgaria. Sarah has worked for many non-profits including Justice Resource Institute, Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and the Unitarian Universalist Association. She earned her Certificate of Professional Communication from Emerson College in 2012.

In 2013, Sarah created Quist, a free app for iOS, Android, and Windows that brings LGBTQ+ and HIV history to life with a following of over 35,000 from over 100 countries. In 2014 she worked with Apple and Google to make their tech policies more inclusive of bisexual terms. She was also invited to the White House to contribute on LGBTQ+ tech issues that year.

Cornell University Library named her a Zwickler Fellow in 2015. She received “The Future Is Now” award in 2017 from the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund for “exemplary leadership” in her community. GO Magazine named her part of the 2020 class of 100 Women We Love. In 2021 she was a research consultant for the Discovery+ show Book of Queer. She has also been the Assistant Editor for Tagg Magazine since 2021. Sarah is a participant in Lambda Literary’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools program and has been a guest on many radio shows and podcasts.

She is based in Massachusetts.

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