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The Time Is Now to UnErase LGBTQ History


If you were to look at a United States history textbook, would you know LGBTQ people existed? Guess what--you wouldn’t. And that’s the problem.

History UnErased is solving that problem by putting LGBTQ history in its rightful place--the classroom--with our groundbreaking and digital Intersections & Connections curriculum.

 

 

"If all students are taught LGBTQ history it will help to cultivate acceptance and respect. If people know how we got here, and where we still need to go, it will be a lot easier to be an ally outside of the classroom." - Lena, high school educator

 

LGBTQ people have always existed in every part of humanity, but the absence of LGBTQ history in our nation’s classrooms is teaching all students that LGBTQ people do not exist and therefore not a part of America’s story. This national problem in K-12 education is allowing 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.

Visibility Makes Change Happen

History UnErased is an education-focused non-profit committed to safe schools, diversity and inclusion, and dignity for all students in K-12 classrooms. We help correct this national problem by unerasing history through our LGBTQ-inclusive US history curriculum, which is a whole-school approach and sustainable model that includes virtual professional development, ongoing mentorship, our growing library of digital resources, anti-bias training, and advocacy work.

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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, which was then reinforced by President Biden's Executive Order in January 2021.

 

"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 work is essential to ensure a welcoming place for us in society." - Jim, community member

 

 

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.

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History UnErased’s groundbreaking curriculum is the FIRST and ONLY LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 US history curriculum in the nation that contextualizes LGBTQ history and normalizes LGBTQ identities.

 

 

"This isn't LGBTQ history, it's just history. We should be learning this from elementary school on." - Michele, grade 8

 

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, life-changing, and life-saving LGBTQ history into its rightful place--the classroom.

We need your help. Please donate now!

 

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.