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Expanding the American Civil Rights Story

History UnErased has teamed up with Eric Marcus, author of “Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights” (Harper Collins 1992) and “Making GAY History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights” (Harper Collins, 2002) and Sara Burningham, Executive Producer of “Making Gay History” podcast series, to augment HUE’s leading-edge LGBTQ Academic Inquiry Series and bring LGBTQ voices into the American civil rights story for K-12 classrooms.

The archive of 100 oral history interviews Eric recorded in the late 1980s and 1990s are being brought to life for the K-12 context, with fully-produced podcasts (truncated for classroom purposes) that anchor HUE’s engaging and empowering academic inquiry units for K-12 classrooms with direct access points in Social studies, English Language Arts, STEM, Fine Arts, Health and more. An LGBTQ visual history exhibit from ONE Archives is available to complement the Give Voice to History Project series.

*Important note: “Making Gay History” podcast series is intended for adult audiences. The podcast extractions for the Give Voice to History Project are age-appropriate and educationally relevant to current curricula.


Introduction by Eric Marcus

HUE works with the Library of Congress, ONE Archives Foundation at USC Libraries, the National Park Service, and expert historians, archivists, educators and curriculum developers. HUE is a licensed MA ESE professional learning and development provider with the express purpose of preparing educators on the infusion of LGBTQ inclusive academic content in K-12 schools.

HUE’s Academic Inquiry Series and Inquiry Edusystem Social, emotional and academic learning are uniquely merged through HUE’s broader, more contextual presentation of our collective historical narrative.

  • includes never seen or heard before primary and secondary sources
  • presents leading-edge academic content
  • provides intersections with the past and connections to today’s world
  • develops critical analysis, critical thinking, reasoning and citing evidence skills
  • offers open-ended questions for students to construct meaning
  • teaches empathy skills through the process of critical analysis

Addressing the Inert Empathy Problem The conceptual underpinnings of empathy are elucidated through HUE’s modality of investigation, critique and academic discourse. HUE’s approach encourages a deeper cycle of reflection and prosocial behavior – equipping a new generation of citizens to generalize empathy outside of the classroom and participate in our complex global society with greater sophistication.

Example Units from HUE’s K-12 LGBTQ Academic Inquiry Series

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Gender and Individuality: A true childhood story about Warren Blumenfeld grades 2-5

Exploring the childhood of Warren Blumenfeld who was bullied because of his gender expression. An integral component of this unit is providing students with the opportunity to engage with materials and games that challenge students intellectually and provide conscious-raising through independent and communicative enquiry processes. Students will read, discuss, play and write while integrating and evaluating multiple sources of information. The activities presented in this unit attend to career readiness, social/emotional learning and language development.

Watch Warren’s animated video


Gender & Soldiering During The Civil War recommended for grades 6 – 8

Gender and Soldiering during the Civil War is a comprehensive 29-page inquiry unit devoted to the motivations of women who fought during the Civil War. Students  critically examine primary source documents, ask questions, make hypotheses and draw conclusions. Using HUE’s Inquiry Edusystem™, students explore the topic in depth, engage in HUE’s original “What’s My Secret?” game, work collaboratively and practice skills. The unit provides links to other resources, assessments and connections to other events in the past and connections to modern-day considerations.

Sylvia Rivera: Stonewall Street Fighter and Activist recommended for grades 10 – 12

Students explore Sylvia Rivera’s activism within the context of a larger historical narrative, connecting the social, political and economic forces entrenched within this expanded American civil rights story. This 27-page academic inquiry unit provides a deeper understanding of the forces that impel activism and agency. Knowledge of the LGBTQ Civil Rights movement will inform this understanding and contextualization. Because Stonewall has been mythologized by some as the beginning of the LGBTQ rights movement, the lesson includes HUE’s original “What’s the Myth?” game cards that explore how past events become distorted within the historical narrative.


Lawrence v Texas

Lawrence v Texas: Decriminalizing “Homosexuality” recommended for grades 11 – 12

In 2003, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decriminalizes “homosexuality” and paves the way for marriage equality 

Students will explore how the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decisions influence society’s ideas of morality and fundamental rights through a comprehensive and academic inquiry process. Janson Wu’s case study interview will provide a launching point for students as they explore facts of the Lawrence v Texas SCOTUS case.

Watch Janson Wu’s interview

Constructed Fear: The Red Scare’s Lavender Scare recommended for grades 11 – 12

Exploring the inextricable connections of the U.S. Federal Government’s construction of fear of homosexuals and communism. Senator McCarthy’s Red Scare paled in comparison to the Lavender Scare.

Students will explore how and why social perceptions of morality, privacy and fear about “the other” shape laws and government policy through an in-depth study of primary and secondary sources using HUE’s Inquiry EduSystem™


Civil War

Gender & The Civil War recommended for grades 1 – 4

“Gender & The Civil War” introduces the story of Sarah Rosetta/Lyons Wakeman and reveals how society’s ideas about gender, gender expression and gender stereotypes have evolved over time

The reproducible study guide includes background information, original illustrated story, vocabulary in context, map activity, access points in curriculum, extended discussion topics, historical intersection and present day extension lessons. Also included in this inquiry unit are six game cards which allow young people to use deductive reasoning to guess the secrets of other notable Civil War figures such as Mary Bowser and Fitz John Porter

Dr. Evelyn Hooker

Dr. Evelyn Hooker: Science & Morality recommended for grades 11 – 12

Dr. Evelyn Hooker reveals how moral responsibility influenced her study that substantiated removing “homosexuality” as a mental disorder from the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual)

Students will explore how moral responsibility inspires scientific research, as well as how institutional and social understandings of scientific research influence concepts of morality and health. Students will engage in an intellectual, consciousness-raising communicative inquiry process that provides a multi-disciplinary approach.


Gay Rights Activism & Psychiatry recommended for grades 10 – 11

How Gay Rights Activism influenced the American Psychiatric Association’s removal of “homosexuality” as a diagnosable disease

Students will make connections between the medicalization of behaviors and society’s perceptions of morality and mental health, as well as explore the motivations for “homosexuals” to organize and engage in political activism.

Watch Warren Blumenfeld’s interview

HIV/AIDs and Youth

HIV/AIDS: A New Epidemic recommended for grades 9 – 12

Connecting the 1980s AIDS crisis with the current HIV/AIDS epidemic affecting youth: misperceptions and false security 

Students will explore how and why ideas about morality and fear about “the other” shape scientific research and government policy, as well as how these complexities inform education policy.

Watch Rick Westbrook’s interview

Military Service: Evolving U.S. Policy recommended for U.S. History II

Exploring the history of policy changes regarding “homosexuals” serving in the military and how these policy changes influenced society 

Students will explore how the U.S. policy banning “homosexuals” from military service related to ideas about morality and patriotism, as well as providing the opportunity to engage in academic discourse about the implications of evolving government policy.

Paul Smith 1

Paul Smith: Lawrence v Texas recommended for grades 11 – 12 (additional higher ed unit also available)

Exploring the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretation of the 14th Amendment  in the Lawrence v Texas case (2003) that decriminalized “homosexuality.” This monumental case paved the way for marriage equality. (Paul Smith was the lead attorney for the plaintiffs.) 

Students will explore how and why the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) evolves its interpretation of the Constitution and how this influences society’s understanding of morality and equality.

Watch Paul Smith’s interview

The LGBTQ Harlem Renaissance recommended for grades 8 – 10

“The LGBTQ Harlem Renaissance” reveals how performance art allows for the full expression of a queer identity – connecting the Harlem Renaissance to New York City’s underground ball and kiki scene

Students engage with the intersections of gender, race and sexual orientation as significant factors in understanding how and why these various forms of identity inform artistic expression and can break through cultural and social barriers.

Watch Twiggy Pucci Garcon’s interview

Title IX & Gender Equality recommended for grades 9 – 11

“Title IX and Gender Equality” reveals how Title IX has shaped society’s ideas about gender and gender discrimination within educational programs and activities

Students will discover the implications of government policy on society’s understanding of gender, sexual orientation and equal opportunity within educational programs, as well as the evolution of cultural perspectives of gender and the factors underlying current discussions of gender equality in sports programs.

Watch Pat Griffin’s interview

Complementing products for libraries and classrooms that include primary and secondary source images:
  • HUE’s inquiry unit posters
  • “Give Voice to History” posters
  • LGBTQ visual history exhibit from ONE Archives Foundation


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Andy, age 16

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