Teaching Pride Forward
Teaching Pride Forward

Teaching Pride Forward

Building LGBTQ+ Allyship in English Language Teaching

Edited by Ethan Trinh, Edited by Kate Mastruserio Reynolds, Edited by James Coda



222 Pages, 7 x 10

Formats: Paperback, ebook: EPUB

Paperback, $44.95 (US $44.95) (CA $60.95)

Publication Date: March 2024

ISBN 9781953745200


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Teaching Pride Forward takes queer theory, activism, and practice in new directions.

Allyship is complex and multifaceted. How can you, as an ally in the English language teaching field, work effectively and productively on behalf of your LGBTQ+ students and colleagues? How can you be thoughtful and reflective about your commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access?

This book explores how allies advocate for equal rights for humans, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. With 11 inspirational chapters contributed by educators in varied contexts from around the world, this book offers readers a thoughtful combination of theory, on-the-ground research, advocacy, and practice. The authors cover important, timely topics, such as:

  • What an ally is and does
  • Developing responsive practices to engage with LGBTQ+ learners
  • Acknowledging students’ identities
  • Future directions for research, practice, and activism We are all learning, together

Teaching Pride Forward will show you how to further diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility for and with LGBTQ+ community members in our field and in the world.


"Teaching Pride Forward is a…groundbreaking contribution to the ELT field….[It is] an essential resource for educators, administrators, and anyone passionate about fostering diversity and acceptance in the classroom."—Gabriel Díaz Maggioli, Academic Advisor to the Institute of Education at Universidad ORT Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay

"Teaching Pride Forward….underscores the delicate balance allies must strike, promoting active support without overshadowing the marginalized individuals and communities with whom they stand in support."—Joshua M. Paiz, Teaching Assistant Professor of EAP at George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

"A must-read for educators, students, and allies, this compilation is a catalyst for reimagining norms, challenging constraints, and embracing diversity in pursuit of a more inclusive and equitable world."—Veronico N. Tarrayo, Professor, Department of English, Research Center for Social Sciences and Education at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, the Philippines

"This book is a call to action for ELT teachers, teacher educators, leaders, and professional organizations to engage in allyship….The thoughtful integration of theory and practice makes this a must-read for anyone in the TESOL field."—Ester J. de Jong, Professor, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education at the University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA

"Each chapter [in this book] embodies "becoming one together," with heartwarming, inspiring, and reflective moments between teachers, learners, researchers, and language learners through their experiences of queer pedagogy in classrooms across the globe."—Tyson Seburn, EAP instructor and Assistant Academic Director of International Programs at New College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

"Trinh, Reynolds, and Coda offer a scholarly space for communities of English language educators from myriad contexts to engage, with messiness and vulnerability, in imagining possibilities for at once globalized and localized networks of solidarity."—Kris Knisely, Assistant Professor of French and Affiliated Faculty in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching and in the Trans Studies Research Cluster at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA

"I found this volume to be an essential companion for my work."—Manka Varghese, Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of Washington College of Education, Seattle, Washington, USA

"Whether you are a new professional or an esteemed veteran in the field, make this read a part of your journey."—Elisabeth L. Chan, Professor of English as a Second Language at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Author Biography

Ethan Trinh, PhD, is an associate director of the Atlanta Global Studies Center. As a Vietnamese queer immigrant, Ethan enjoys thinking with emotions, gender, and language and explores how to embrace queerness as healing and meditative teaching and research practices. Ethan has published four edited volumes that focus on critical storytelling, teachers’ well-being, and doctoral students’ emotions, identities, and community. Ethan is the recipient of the 2022 Leadership Mentoring Program Award by TESOL International Association.

Kate Mastruserio Reynolds, EdD, is a professor of TESOL/literacy at Central Washington University. A licensed K–12 educator, she has taught teachers in several countries and multilingual learners of English in public school districts at elementary schools, middle schools, and universities in various contexts.

James Coda, PhD, is assistant professor of ESL and World Language education, and theory and practice in teacher education in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He earned a doctorate in language and literacy education with an emphasis in TESOL and World Language education from the University of Georgia.