Our curriculum is the first and only complete K-12 LGBTQ US history curriculum in the nation—and is essential for lasting LGBTQ equality!
People who we label and understand today as LGBTQ have always existed–in every part of humanity–but the absence of LGBTQ narratives in our nation’s classrooms means that students never learn the stories of people and events that were critical to the founding and shaping of the United States. Erasing this history teaches students that LGBTQ people never existed. And the absence of LGBTQ identities in what students learn about our shared human history has been doing harm, as evidenced by the staggering statistics relating to LGBTQ youth and suicidality, homelessness, and risk behaviors. But our Intersections & Connections curriculum is changing this!
"Everyone in the world needs to learn about this. This can change the world." —Mohammad, high school student
Our curriculum is bringing LGBTQ history into the stories of people and events that were critical to the founding and shaping of the United States and our world. This visibility is conveying messages of belonging, respect, and empowerment–and everyone benefits.
As our curriculum makes LGBTQ history a part of mainstream history, it is also allowing students to apply their own identity lens(es) as they approach their learning, whether it be race, gender, ethnicity, or nationality. This ensures dignity and equitable representation for all students in the story of "We the people." And our whole-school approach and sustainable model ensure educators are well-supported.
"I wish this was part of my childhood education, as it would have been life-changing to have learned LGBTQ history in school. History UnErased's curriculum and work with K-12 schools is essential to ensure a welcoming place for us in society." - Jim, parent
Managing the Fear of Change
Reaching the hearts and minds of every school staff member is the first step in paving the way for lasting societal change that is welcoming and safe for all LGBTQ people. We include ALL school staff in the introduction to our curriculum to address the social, cultural, and political fear that invariably accompanies the teaching of LGBTQ topics, especially because our curriculum connects with race and gender.
Our whole-staff training addresses those concerns head-on to help dispel the misperceptions and allay their fear. And our informational session for parents and caregivers also addresses their concerns head-on about what our curriculum includes, and doesn't include, which is working to dispel misperceptions, allay any fear, and include them in their child's learning.
"I am definitely leaving this meeting with my mind changed and happy to have learned. None of us know what this should look like so imaginations run wild. Glad I came. We all have so much to learn! – Cecilia, K-5 parent
"This isn't LGBTQ history, it's just history. We should be learning this from elementary school on." - Michele, grade 8 student
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 they lack the funding. Your donation and support help History UnErased continue putting life-affirming, life-changing, and life-saving LGBTQ history into its rightful place–the classroom.
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Our curriculum reflects over seven years of research and development by expert classroom teachers, curriculum designers, historians, librarians, and education policy leaders. Our curriculum is 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.
"I feel so reassured, in the face of many battles for LGBTQ+ rights and dignity across the country, that History UnErased is working for the best interests of LGBTQ+ youth while making a systemic change to the education all students receive." - Fran, community member