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 email@example.com.
- 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 - We must ask ourselves, “What will happen if we do nothing?"
Resources at your fingertips:
• Monday morning. Tips for faciliating caring, courageous and restorative conversations with students.
• Teaching about Racism, Violence, Inequality and the Criminal Justice System - An ADL collection of
resources on Bias, Race and Injustice.
• Anti-Racism for Kids 101: Starting to Talk About Race - books for courageous conversations
• Psychological First Aid - Daily strategies to ensure children are heard and feel protected during these
• Helping Youth after Community Trauma: Tips for Educators - natural disasters, school violence, and can affect students’ learning, behavior, and relationships.
• Community Violence: Reactions and Actions in Dangerous Times - help youth keep themselves safe
and make positive choices in dangerous times.
• Affirming Black Lives Without Inducing Trauma - Educators have a responsibility to engage with students about this violence against Black men—and the white supremacist systems that allow it to continue. But must do so without re-traumatizing Black students and with extra care for their mental health. These resources from Teaching Tolerance can help.
Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice. Teaching Tolerance's 12 lessons on social justice issues.
For White Allies in Search of a Solution to American Racism When Folks of Color are Exhausted - This Teaching Tolerance encourages white allies to step up.
Death of George Floyd sets off massive protests - 5-minute PBS video with discussion questions
Race in US History - Facing History has a robust library of resources addressing race.
• Talking Race With Young Children - 20-minute NPR episode on breaking down, not shutting down, conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children.
• Having 'The Talk': Expert Guidance on Preparing Kids for Police Interactions - An hour-long conversation between a child psychiatrist, a former public defender and a police officer giving advice on how and when to have "the talk." While the risk of a police interaction going wrong is higher for black children, it's information that all kids could benefit from knowing.
• AntiRacism Resources - books for parents
• Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Educators - A comprehensive guide by NCTSN for teachers on historical trauma, its manfiestations among students of all ages, and recommendations for educators.
• Talking to White Kids About Race & Racism - Silence perpetuates racism—but it can be hard to know how
to start. This hour-long program is about talking to white kids of all ages about race and racism.
• Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup - podcasts, booklists, and toys to
talk to young children about race.
• Black Lives Matter at School - lessons and reading lists about intersectional Black identities and the contributions to history
• Let’s Raise a Generation of Children Who Are Thoughtful, Informed, and Brave About Race. - clearinghouse for articles and resources about identities and current issues.
• Skills for Psychological Recovery - an educational skills building intervention
What we can’t control might frightens us. Anxiety and suspicion rose as the Coronavirus pandemic spread. Crises cause us to evaluate our humanity and our vulnerabilities. The resources offered here are for teachers, parents and students to support ourselves and each other during this time.
- Let's Talk - Politics
"What truly makes our country great is its diversity. I've seen that beauty in so many ways over the years. Whether we are born here or seek refuge here, there's a place for us all. We must remember it's not my America or your America. It's our America." Michelle Obama, 2019
In times of conflict, divisive rhetoric, and information overload, students benefit from opportunities for meaningful dialogue about the issues that we are facing today. Let’s Talk has articles and lesson plans on crises and conflicts, politics and government.
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