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.
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, coworkers walked into the light and became visible. 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 is bringing LGBTQ history into the mainstream curriculum to ensure all students, today and beyond, learn a more complete story of America and a more empowering reflection of who "We the people" includes, promoting genuine understanding and equality for all LGBTQ people. In addition, as our curriculum integrates LGBTQ history it also reflects all people who have shaped the story of America.
Our curriculum reflects over seven 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 our critical mission.
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, life-changing, and life-saving LGBTQ history into its rightful place--the classroom. We need your help. Please take action today!