LGBTQ Academic Content

HUE’s LGBTQ-inclusive Academic Inquiry Series improves the social-emotional and academic learning of all students. The content is uniquely presented with a broader, more contextual presentation of our collective historical narrative and uses HUE’s unique Inquiry Edusystem™:


never seen or heard before primary and secondary sources

intersections with the past and connections to today’s world

critical analysis, critical thinking, reasoning and citing evidence skill development

open-ended questions for students to construct meaning

unique games and activities


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.

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.

This unit is made possible through HUE’s partnership with the Making Gay History Podcast Series. Listen to Eric Marcus’s interview with SYLVIA RIVERA (Season One, Episode 1)

$30 for downloadable PDF – single teacher license / classroom reproducibles


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Civil War: From Farmer to Soldier recommended for grades 2-4

Civil War: From Farmer to Soldier is a comprehensive 29-page inquiry unit that explores the possible motivations for women to pass as men and enlist as soldiers during the Civil War. Students critically examine primary source documents, ask questions, make hypotheses and draw conclusions. Students work collaboratively and practice skills using the story of Sarah Lyons/Wakeman, Inquiry Edusystem™ and original “What’s My Secret?” game.

Civil War: From Farmer to Soldier provides links to other resources, assessments, intersections with other events in the past and connections to modern-day considerations.

$30 for downloadable PDF – single teacher license / classroom reproducibles


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UnErased: 50 Ways to UnErase History for grades 9 – 12

UnErased: 50 Ways to Unerase History offers educators clear, simple access points to infuse LGBTQ-inclusive history and academic content in a cross-curricular approach for Social Studies and English Language Arts. Each of the 50 access points includes background information, suggested discussion questions, student outcomes, interdisciplinary connections, topics for further exploration and more.

HUE knows that educators are managing more today than ever before, and that is why UnErased: 5o Ways to UnErase History is the groundbreaking answer to what, where and how to infuse LGBTQ history in secondary education classrooms.

$30 for downloadable PDF


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Curious about the 50 Ways?

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If you teach about the Black Panther Party...

infuse Huey Newton’s speech from Aug. 15, 1970, “A Letter to the Revolutionary Brothers and Sisters About the Women’s Liberation and Gay Liberation Movements.” The topic intersects with how to delineate and evaluate an argument in ELA.


If you teach about the Watergate scandal...

infuse U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan’s address to the House Judiciary Committee on the articles of impeachment during the Nixon impeachment hearings. Background information includes the fact that Jordan’s domestic partner of 20 years, Nancy Earl, was an occasional speechwriter for Jordan. The topic intersects with standards for analyzing how rhetoric contributes to an author’s point of view or purpose in a text.

If you teach about Japanese internment...

infuse actor George Takei’s TED Talk and transcript, “Why I Love a Country That Once Betrayed Me.” Included in the background information is a reference to George Takei’s husband, Brad Takei. The topic intersects with literature—for example, David Guterson’s novel Snow Falling on Cedars.

HUE works with the Library of Congress, ONE Archives Foundation at USC Libraries, the National Park Service, Boston History Project, Massachusetts Historical Society 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 to infuse LGBTQ-inclusive history and academic content in K-12 core subjects. LEARN MORE

History UnErased has teamed up with the Making Gay History podcast series to infuse LGBTQ+ voices into the American civil rights story for K-12 classrooms. Eric Marcus’s archive of champions, heroes and witnesses to LGBTQ+ history (from the 1930s to 1990s) are being brought to life for K-12 classrooms and introduced through History UnErased’s unique inquiry units. The Give Voice to History Project podcasts anchor HUE’s engaging and empowering academic inquiry units with direct access points in Social studies, English Language Arts, STEM, Fine Arts, Health and more. An LGBTQ+ visual history exhibit from ONE Archives Foundation at USC Libraries 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.

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Introduction by Eric Marcus

for the Give Voice to History Project

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Help bring these voices to life for all students – everywhere.

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

Professional development training includes licensing agreement for HUE’s full library of resources

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.

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™


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.

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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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