You may be thinking . . .
There are so many new LGBTQ terms
that I don’t know. Where do I begin?
LGBTQ: acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer
Queer: an expansive term for individuals who feel outside of societal norms relating to gender and/or sexual orientation -“queer” provides a fluidity (or non-labeling) of gender, gender expression and/or sexual orientation (see below for additional information on the use of “queer”)
Cisgender: an individual whose gender identity does match their assigned sex at birth
Transgender: an individual whose gender identity does not match their assigned sex at birth
Trans*: an expansive term which includes all of the potential variances relating to the gender spectrum
*We understand that the use of the word “queer” is uncomfortable for some. It is important to note that the word “queer” has been reclaimed by the LGBTQ community as an expansive term.
Queer Studies and Queer Theory are currently major disciplines of study in more than 40 colleges and universities in the U.S.
Or you may be wondering . . .
Is anyone else doing this? Where do I find
LGBTQ lessons and materials?
LESSONS & MATERIALS
Yes! Many teachers, across the nation (and world), are including the history and voices of LGBTQ people. It is important to note that this inclusion is not an “outing” of someone’s identity, but rather providing more context and honesty within discussions of historical reference. For example, it is critical for students to have a broader contextual understanding of McCarthyism (The Red Scare) with the inclusion of The Lavender Scare, as this is vital for students to make connections between the construction of fear and concepts of morality, criminality and societal norms.
History UnErased’ K-12 LGBTQ Academic Inquiry Series provides clear access points in K-12 curricula. These products are compelling, easy to implement and encourage critical conversation relating to these topics.
And you are probably contemplating . . .
How will my students respond? Will parents be
concerned? Will my administration support this?
SUPPORT IS HERE
Survey results from hundreds of educators, students, administrators, preservice teachers and parents have revealed the following:
Students are ready, but are concerned that teachers will approach it the wrong way
The majority of teachers:
- recognize that this is a profound need
- request trainings and resources in order to ensure they are comfortable with the inclusion of LGBTQ history and content
The majority of parents:
- recognize that teachers need support in order to ensure that the inclusion of LGBTQ history and content is offered well
- want to be included in the learning and understanding of LGBTQ history and content
The majority of administrators (in New England) want to support their teachers with the inclusion of LGBTQ history and topics in core subjects
These survey results tell us that teaching and learning LGBTQ history is encouraged and needed. The time is now!