LGBTQ people have, of course, existed throughout history, but their absence from our nation’s classrooms is teaching all students that LGBTQ people are not included in the unfolding story of America. This national problem in K-12 education allows misunderstanding and fear about LGBTQ people to continue, resulting in discrimination, violence, and bullying in our schools.
Visibility and representation have the power to change this.
History UnErased offers an intersectional, LGBTQ-inclusive history and social science curriculum that ensures all students learn a more complete, complex, and empowering story of America.
Decades ago, as the concept of LGBTQ equality began growing its presence in the courts of law and public discourse, people began to realize LGBTQ people existed throughout society--as family, friends, classmates, or coworkers. That increased visibility was vital in securing extensions of liberty for LGBTQ people; the most recent example being the historic 2020 US Supreme Court ruling that LGBTQ people are protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964--and reinforced by President Biden's Executive Order in January 2021.
But there is still much work to be done, and that is where we come in. History UnErased's mission of putting LGBTQ history in its rightful place--the classroom--is making LGBTQ history visible and ensuring all students, today and beyond, learn a more complete story of America and a more accurate reflection of who "We the people" includes, promoting genuine understanding and equality for all LGBTQ people. In addition, our curriculum, even though it looks through the lens of LGBTQ history, represents all people who have shaped the story of America.
Our curriculum reflects over six years of research and development by expert classroom teachers, curriculum designers, historians, librarians, and education policy leaders. All instructional resources are anchored in copyright-secured primary sources curated from digital and print collections from libraries and archives across the nation, as well as the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Park Service, and more.
We want YOU to be a part of this critical and necessary work.
There are schools RIGHT NOW across the nation ready to bring our curriculum into their classrooms but don't have the funding. Your donation and support help History UnErased continue putting life-affirming and potentially life-saving LGBTQ history into its rightful place--the classroom. We need your help. Please take action today!
We are currently in schools and districts in eleven states: California, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin, as well as 927 schools within the New York City public school system.
Important note: All instructional resources are available on our secure, password-protected digital platform that includes enhanced features and functionality to support both traditional and remote learning.