Putting LGBTQ history in its rightful place, the classroom

 

If you were to look only at US history textbooks, you wouldn't know LGBTQ people helped build our nation. And that's a problem.

History UnErased is solving that problem with our groundbreaking Intersections and Connections digital curriculum for K-12 schools. 


 

The Time Is Now for History UnErased

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. 

"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

 

color squares with images of people

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.

 

"I wish this was part of my childhood education. I would have felt a sense of belonging and it would have made me feel much better about myself." - Gregory, adult 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.

student and teacher in classroom

 

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


 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.


 

donate

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!

 

Our Reach


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 teaching and learning. 

 


Since 2015, History UnErased has received ongoing funding support from the Library of Congress and the New York City Council Committee on Education, as well as funding from the National Park Service, Arcus Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Theodore Edson Parker Foundation, and Greater Lowell Community Foundation.