LGBT History Month Calendar
An electronic copy of the calendars you will receive next week in school mail, LGBT History Month Suggested Activities and LGBT History Month Resources are attached. Please encourage staff to utilize these materials as guidance on how to best utilize the calendar in their classrooms.
For more information, please contact Dr. Judy Chiasson, Coordinator, Office of Human Relations, Diversity, and Equity, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- ADL - Fighting Hate
Toward Communication Free of Gender Bias
Since gendered and sexist language was first addressed by early feminists, growing attention has been paid in the media, in schools, academia and theology to the harmful and often unintentionally negative effects of biased, gendered and non-inclusive language.
More recently, newspapers, magazines and online communication have reexamined their editorial policies so that sexist and gendered language is much less prevalent. In many churches and synagogues, phrases like “God the Father” have become “God the Creator;” and in workplaces, terms like “flight attendant” and “firefighter” have replaced the problematic “stewardess” and “fireman.”
For more information, please visit https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/toward-communication-free-of-gender-bias
- Students and Gender Identity - A Toolkit for Schools
As visibility for transgender and gender nonconforming communities increases across the United States, so does the need to create inclusive spaces — especially in today’s schools. “This is a campus climate issue,” said Professor Andres, who teaches in USC Rossier’s online master’s in school counseling program.
Gender identity is defined as one’s personal experience of one’s gender and is separate from their biological sex. Creating safe school environments that support students on the spectrum of gender identity is a facet of inclusive, culturally responsive teaching.
For more information, please visit https://rossieronline.usc.edu/students-and-gender-identity/
- Equality Forum
Equality Forum is a national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus. Equality Forum coordinates LGBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives, and presents the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit.
- Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights, with 21 Activities
by Jerome Pohlen, Chicago Review Press, 2016
This up-to-date history of the struggle for LGBT rights is told through personal stories and firsthand accounts of the movement’s key events, including the 1950s “Lavender Scare,” the Stonewall Inn uprising, and the AIDS crisis. Students will learn about civil rights mavericks, like Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, founder of the first gay rights organization; Christine Jorgensen, a pioneer in the transgender community; and Harvey Milk, the first out candidate to win a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Also chronicled are the historic contributions of famous LGBT individuals, from General von Steuben and Alan Turing to Jane Addams and Bayard Rustin, and the landmark Supreme Court decision making marriage equality the law of the land.
- Gender Spectrum
Gender Spectrum provides education, training, resources, and support with the goal of creating gender sensitive and inclusive environments for children of all ages. http://www.genderspectrum.org
GLSEN was founded in 1990 to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in K-12 schools. Guided by research such as GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey, GLSEN has developed resources, lesson plans, classroom materials, and professional development programs for teachers on supporting LGBT students.
- GSA Network
GSA Network is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains LGBTQ and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities. GSA Network’s strategy for fighting for educational justice is to work with grassroots, youth-led groups and GSAs, empowering them to educate their schools and communities, advocate for just policies that protect LGBTQ youth from harassment and violence, and organize in coalition with other youth groups across identity lines to address broader issues of oppression.
- The FAIR Education Act
The FAIR Education Act website aims to be a one-stop place for lessons and resources to support teachers in making History and Social Studies a more Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful experience for all students. The site provides a variety of grade-level appropriate lesson plans, books, and videos. In Further Resources you will find additional information on LGBTQ and disability history and organizations that can help your school become a more inclusive site.
- The ONE Archives Foundation
The ONE Archives Foundation, the independent community partner of the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries, is a leading provider of innovative, high quality traveling exhibitions that educate, engage, and deepen the general public’s knowledge of LGBTQ history.
LGBTQ+ History Month - Activities
- Start a Gay, Straight Alliance (GSA)
If your school does not already have one, encourage students to create a GSA club. Genders & Sexualities Alliance (formerly known as Gay-Straight Alliance) clubs provide opportunities for all youth to come together to advocate for safer, healthier school communities that protect LGBTQ youth from harassment, violence, and oppression.
- Display the OUT for Safe Schools LGBT History Calendar
Display the calendar in prominent locations across the campus, and have students create and display their own posters that profile the accomplishments of LGBT individuals.
- Hold an event
Work with school and community stakeholders to hold a student-led campaign, speakers’ panel, or other event to celebrate the contributions of LGBT individuals throughout history.
- Profile LGBT heroes on the PA system or in the school bulletin
Have students submit brief profiles of LGBT icons or significant events in LGBT history to be read on the school’s PA system or included in the daily bulletin.
- Display table tents
Have students create table tents that profile LGBT icons and important events in LGBT history. Display these tents in the classroom, the library, or the cafeteria.
- Learn about LGBT heroes and icons in class
Highlight a different LGBT icon each day for LGBT History Month. Short biographies and information on significant LGBT individuals can be found at www.lgbthistorymonth.com.
- Create an LGBT History Month exhibit at your school
Have students use the accompanying educator resources guide to create an exhibit of important figures and events in LGBT history. Display the exhibit in a classroom, display case, library, cafeteria, or other high-visibility location.
- Community Unrest, Justice & Support.
Please be sure to check out the recommendations from the Department of Public Health on public demonstrations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our country is experiencing a social movement unlike any other in our childrens' and students lifetimes. Please visit this page to learn more about how we can support and educate the youth and ourselves.
- Conversations - Lessons for Advisories & GSAs
CONVERSATIONS -mini-lessons for advisories. Please also explore the Human Relations website. The
November 3, 2020 - Biden or Trump the 46th President. FOR MORE RESOURCES, VISIT "TALKING POLITICS" ON THIS SITE
Teaching Resources for the 2020 Election - Facing History: comprehensive collection of lesson plans and resources before and after the November 3 election.
Repairing the Fabric of Democracy - PBS Learning Media
Using the Election as a Teaching Tool - Edutopia
TALKING POLITICS - Also see the Talking Politics section for many more resources
SOGIE - October is LGBTQ History Month; June is Pride month
All Are Welcome - SOGIE affirming classrooms
HUMAN RELATIONS, DIVERSITY & EQUITY
All Are Welcome - welcoming classrooms
The Day Sport Stood Still - On August 26 and 27, many sports teams went on strike to draw attention to Black Lives Matter.
100 years Later - how women got the right to vote
Alike or Different - expanding vocabulary
Asking for Help - promoting help seeking behavior
Loving Yourself - self esteem and postive body image
Moving Forward - maintaining hope during COVID-19
What's in a Name? - lesson on identity
STORIES OF EXCELLENCE:
Dia de los Muertos - October 31 - November 2
National Day of Silence - April 23
Denim Day - April 28
Stories of Excellence - Harvey Milk - May 22
- Coronavirus - Pandemics and Xenophobia
What we can’t control might frightens us. Anxiety and suspicion rose as the Coronavirus pandemic spread. Crises evaluate both our humanity and our vulnerabilities. The resources offered here are for teachers, parents and students to support ourselves and each other during this time.
- 2020 Armenian–Azerbaijani
Crimes Against Humanity and Civilization: The Genocide of the Armenians - 8-lesson unit on the Armenian genocide by Facing History, Facing Ourselves
Armenian Genocide by the History Channel
What is Intergenerational Trauma? - PPT presentation
- Conversations - Training Materials for Staff
The Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity is happy to facilitate trainings for your school/work. The training materials here are longer in length than the ones in the advisories, and geared to an adult audience.
Back to School 2020 - technniques and tips for starting the year burnt out!
ENGAGING AND EMBRACING SOCIAL MEDIA:
- Now Matters Later
- Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity/Expression (SOGIE)
- Stories Not Stigma - You, Me, Us
- Be the Change. It's Our Planet. It's Our Future. Act Now.
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