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LGBTQIA Civil Rights Movement

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Image from Amnesty International


Topics on the Page


LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Schools


  • Important Gay Rights Organizations
  • History of the Rainbow Flag


Pioneering Political Leaders


Historical Biography Cross-Links 





LGBTQ-Inclusive History Curriculum in Public Schools


Creating Safe Schools


Related Pages for LGBTQ Civil Rights


 Historical Events Cross-Links






  Cross-Link: AP United States History Key Concept 8.2: Civil Rights and Expanding Roles for Government 


 eBook Connection: Liberty in Conflict with Equality or Authority



Milestones in the American Gay Rights Movement, PBS 


Barbara Gittings Canva Poster by Tyler Volpe-Knock (April 2020)



LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Schools



Incorporating LGBTQ and Gender Studies into Grade 9-12 History Curriculum



LGBT Rights Milestones: Fast Facts, CNN

Unheard Voices:  Stories of LGBT History, GLSEN


LGBTQ Rights Timeline in American History, Teaching LGBTQ History




Important Gay Rights Organizations

The Society for Human Rights was founded in 1924 by Henry Gerbert in Chicago, becoming the first gay rights organization in the United States.

  • This is a link to a podcast about Gerber and The Society for Human Rights.


Mattachine Society was founded in 1950 in Los Angeles by Harry Hay and became an important gay organization. 

  • Here is a link to a podcast about the Mattachine Society.



The Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) was the first lesbian civil and political rights organization in the United States. It was founded in 1955 in San Francisco by Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin. 

  • Here is a link to a Britannica entry explaining the significance of DOB and what they have done.    


Barbara Gittings



  • Here is a link to an interview with Barbara Gittings.


  • Gittings founded the first New York DOB chapter in 1958.



History of the Rainbow Flag

Curious about the history of the rainbow flag and what each color represents?


  • Click here to read all about it!


  • Click here to watch a video all about it! 


More information at American National Symbols, Flags, Monuments



Pioneering Political Leaders


Link to Influential Biography page for Harvey Milk, Gay Civil Rights Leader


Elaine Noble became the first openly gay person to be elected to a state office in the United States in 1974. She was elected to the Massachusetts State Legislature. 

  • Here is a link to an interview with her.

Coretta Scott King speaks out supporting gay rights.

  • In this video she discusses how Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight for civil rights applies to gay rights as well.


Picture of the AIDS quilt in front of the Washington Monument




LGBTQ-Inclusive History Curriculum in Public Schools

Integrating LBGTQ Curriculum in Schools


California becomes the first state to require that LGBTQ history be included in curriculum.


  • Here is a link (and another) to an article explaining why this law is important and how it is being implemented in schools.



California is Adopting LGBTQ-Inclusive History Textbooks (November 14, 2017)

Illinois Aims to be Second State Including LGBTQ History in School (February 21, 2018)

LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum from GLSEN


'History UnErased' brings LGBTQ topics to the classroom


Banning LGBTQ Curriculum in Schools

#Dont Erase Us: FAQ about Anti-LGBT Curriculum Laws, Lambda Legal

  • Includes state-by-state information about laws to protect LGBT people and people with living with HIV

More than a dozen states propose "Don't Say Gay" bills



Creating Safe Schools

Five Myths about Transgender Students Educators Need to Unlearn

Gay-Straight Alliance Network's website with information, resources, events and school programs to "empower youth activists to fights homophobia and transphobia in schools"


And Tango Makes Three is a children's book from 2005 in which two male penguins from the Central Park Zoo are given an egg to raise. The book was one of the most challenged books between 2005 and 2010 because of its controversy with same-sex marriage and homosexuality.




Videos of 4th grade students and teachers discussing stereotypes, labels, and how kids learned the words not usually highlighted in class:
It's Elementary Part 1 
and It's Elementary Part 2

This free quarterly newsletter is designed to keep you informed about important school climate issues and NSCC's work nationwide with articles available via PDF download.
National School Climate Center

Welcoming Schools is a project of the Human Rights Campaign. The site provides resources for students and educators to learn how to deal with bullying and harassment situations.
Welcoming Schools

The Human Rights Campaign's trailers for bullying information and awareness:
Welcoming Schools Film: What Do You Know?

What Can We Do? Bias, Bullying and Bystanders


 How can teachers/tutors/adults/students talk with students about the words: transgender, gay, lesbian, or offensive slurs?





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