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UnErasing LGBTQ History and Identities: A Podcast for Teachers

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This History UnErased podcast is funded by the New York City Council.


Series Intro: As We Learn, We Realize How Much More There Is to Know

Launched June 2021

For educators who want to create LGBTQ-inclusive classrooms, getting started can be confusing - and quite often prompts some fear. What if I say or do the wrong thing? What if there is pushback? And where do I even begin? Our Pilot Series and Season One provide real-world advice and reasonable, practical strategies on how you can create LGBTQ-inclusive classrooms.

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What to do & say when K-5 students use "Gay" to tease their friends. 

Published June 11, 2021

How can kindergarten and elementary school teachers help dismantle stereotypes and create an inclusive environment for all students? Meet Chip James, who will answer this question (and more) based on decades of experience as an expert elementary educator and also from his private practice serving LGBTQ-identifying youth.

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How to create a supportive classroom for gender-expansive middle school students. 

Published June 11, 2021

Creating a supportive learning environment where all students can be their true selves is vital, but today's gender-expansive identities and language can often seem overwhelming for teachers. Meet Amber Joseph, a middle school teacher, who will provide you with actionable steps to honor and include all of the identities your students bring into the classroom.

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Hiding in plain sight: small steps to create LGBTQ-inclusive Schools

Published June 11, 2021

Making our schools truly LGBTQ-inclusive takes time--and requires real systemic change. But creating LGBTQ-inclusive learning environments doesn’t always require major policy shifts. Meet Dr. Steven LaBounty, an expert in K-12 education, who reminds us of the everyday opportunities teachers have to create a more inclusive environment for all.

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UnPacking the Power of the Color Pink in a 3rd-Grade Classroom 

Published November 16, 2021

"Mr. Chip, how can you do that? Your cup! You're drinking out of a pink cup!" In this episode, Chip James, an expert elementary educator, discusses how he seized on an opportunity to educate a group of 3rd-grade students in a discussion that led them towards deconstructing rigid (and ridiculous, as it turned out) gender stereotypes.

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Book Bites: Introducing LGBTQ-inclusive Books in Your Classroom

Published January 27, 2022

Books help us understand our world and our place within it. For young people of any age, stories that reflect themselves, their friends, their families, and their communities are a vital source of validation. Meet Kathleen Barker, a library and information specialist and historian, to explore the value of LGBTQ-inclusive books - for students and teachers.

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The Past Is Always Present: Ways of Being in the Ancient World Return

Published May 13, 2022

To simplify the many complexities of our world, humans naturally reach for labels. We use them to categorize others and describe ourselves. But labels evolve over time: some fall out of favor, others are redefined, and new ones are introduced. In this episode, you will meet Stephen Guerriero, a veteran middle school social studies educator, who will take us back to ancient times to help demystify labels and shed new light on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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The Belonging Blurb that Is Useful in Every K-12 Classroom 

Published June 7, 2022

How can teachers of math, science, and other non-humanities content create an LGBTQ-inclusive classroom that is sincere and authentic? What can teachers do, and say, when they witness homophobic statements or behavior? Meet Dr. Heather Brown-Hudson, who unpacks these questions and offers practical guidance on the opportunities all teachers have to create LGBTQ-inclusive classrooms. Be sure to visit the bottom of the transcript for "the blurb!"

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Navigating Pushback with Compassion: A Multicultural Lens

Published July 15, 2022

One of the most common worries for educators who want to teach LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum, or make clear that their classrooms are LGBTQ-inclusive, is that they’ll get pushback from parents or caregivers. Meet Triana Wilson, who draws on over a decade's experience navigating complex conversations about this topic with parents and caregivers of her new immigrant and refugee students. Below the transcript are links to state and national laws and policies referenced in this episode.

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Deep dives and backstories

Meet a few history-makers featured in our Intersections & Connections curriculum and learn some fascinating - and empowering - backstories!

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Unpacking Pauli Murray Part 1

Unpacking Pauli Murray Part 1

Published January 25, 2023

Go back in time to Pauli Murray's early years to learn about some of the formative events that shaped their career as a Black, queer, legal and civil rights pioneer. You will also hear Pauli Murray in their own words from an interview recorded on February 13, 1976, with Genna Rae McNeil, assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for the Southern Oral History Program.

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Unpacking Pauli Murray Part 2

Unpacking Pauli Murray Part 2

Published February 27, 2023

"I speak for my race and my people - The human race and just people." 

Continue the journey back in time to Pauli Murray's later years to learn how Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray has left a lasting legacy that we are all benefiting from today.

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A Soldier's Secret

From Farmer to Soldier

Published March 28, 2023

On April 12, 1861, Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, igniting a Civil War that would divide the nation for four long years. Recruiting posters enticed young men to join their friends and family in the military. But let's meet a soldier who had a secret; a secret that went all the way to their grave… until 100 years later, that is.

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Civil War Reenactress

Civil War Reenactress

Published April 26, 2023

In this episode, you will meet JR Hardman, a documentary filmmaker, educator, and Civil War reenactor, and hear about her first feature-length documentary film currently in production, Reenactress. The film tells the story of the women in the American Civil War reenactment community who portray soldiers, commemorating the women who fought in the Civil War disguised as men.

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Kapaemahu UnErased

Published May 19, 2023

Aloha! In this episode, you will hear the story of the Healer Stones of Kapaemahu, learn about their erasure in the age of American imperialism, as well as current efforts to restore the monument to the healer stones - and the story of the mahu - to their rightful place in Hawaiian history. What happened to the healer stones? How are they memorialized today? And what can YOU do to keep their history alive?

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Commemorating PRIDE

Published June 22, 2023

In this episode, you will learn the history behind the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, which we replicate, in various ways, during PRIDE Month. And have you ever wondered why we use the word PRIDE to celebrate LGBTQ joy in the first place? Listen in as we explore and celebrate the past, present, and future of PRIDE.

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Bonus Episode: Monumental Misinformation

Published September 7, 2023

We live in a nation that commemorates historical events with monuments and markers, yet so many of the monuments we visit are ripe with misinformation, disinformation, and erasure. And once literally built into stone and metal, those myths are very hard to dismantle.

How can we correct this problem? We took a road trip to explore some historical monuments that actually embody a much larger - and more complex story. Jump in, buckle up, and welcome to our podcast on monumental misinformation!

Tremendous thanks to Tricia Noel, Executive Director and Curator at Yates County History Center, and Dr. David Weidner, Executive Director of Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, for their contributions to this podcast episode. 

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What's in a (School) Name?

Published Septembre 25, 2023

Did you know that there are actually a number of schools in the U.S. named in honor of LGBTQ individuals – some knowingly and some unintentionally? This episode is an exploration of school names that uncover some LGBTQ history hiding in plain sight! 


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Youth Equity Podcast

Our youth equity project, Art of the Podcast Residency, is funded by the New York City Council and developed and produced by History UnErased in collaboration with Houses on the Moon Theater Company. Each episode is the product of a semester-long story-telling program. Students use this opportunity as a tool to amplify their voices and share the stories they want and need to tell.

We believe real human stories spark transformation and that students' unheard stories have the power to create real change in our world. Have a listen! 

"Don't Say Gay?"

Published July 2, 2022

Meet Prism Club students from Aviation High School in New York City and hear their stories about how they processed, and protested, Florida's House Bill 1557, known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill.

You will also meet Brandon Wolf and Pat Padilla from Equality Florida, who joined the students via Zoom to help them understand the implications of the Florida bill (now a law).

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"Art Class Matters!"

Published July 2, 2022

Meet students from the Bronx High School for the Visual Arts and hear their stories about a profound issue in their school and how they championed change and paved the way for future students!

"So at first this was kind of like a protest - we wanted to express ourselves, kinda show the school what we can do and what we want to create for the next generation."

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Bonus Episode: Testimonials

Published April 13, 2023

How would your life have been different if you had learned LGBTQ history in school?


Incarceration across 3 Generations

Published June 12, 2023

In preparation for this episode exploring the family experience of incarceration across three generations, Bronx High School for the Visual Arts (BHSVA) students listened to a true story told by Zudaydah Rivera in the Houses on the Moon Podcast. Have a listen to this intimate conversation BHSVA students facilitated with Zudaydah about her experience as a daughter and mother coping and healing from the effects of incarceration on her family.

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School in the Time of Covid

Published June 19, 2023

"One day you'll tell your grandchildren about this!" they all said. But what if we don't want to wait to talk about how our lives were during the first global pandemic in over a century?

BHSVA student Raghad Alaudi talks to teacher Joyce Mitchell about education in the times of Covid - their fears, their hopes, their struggles, and lessons they learned about themselves and each other.

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Gen-Z — Our Voice

Published June 19, 2023

In this wide-ranging conversation about setting limits on a minor's social media use, an anxious parent comes to the teenagers of Aviation High School with a dilemma: what are appropriate limits to set for my child's online life and how do I balance my child's expectations for privacy vs. safety in the modern internet age? Students and adults engage in a healthy discussion about teenage expression, privacy and risk-taking in the modern age.

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