PHOTOS: Looking Back and Moving Forward - A Celebration of LGBT History

By Jase Peeples

Originally published on Advocate.com October 03 2013 3:00 AM ET

ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, the oldest largest repository of LGBT materials in the world, announced the organization has partnered with the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center’s Project SPIN to develop LGBT-specific lesson plans that will be integrated into the history curriculum of L.A. County high schools in the near future.

The groundbreaking development is a result of the California FAIR Education Act, which passed in 2011 and updated education guidelines in the state to ensure that the contributions of LGBT people would be included in history and social studies lessons in public schools.

"What better way to kick off LGBT History Month than to ensure that the contributions made by our LGBT pioneers are not erased from the history books," saya Joseph Hawkins, director of ONE Archives at the University of Southern California Libraries. "We hope that the LGBT inclusive curriculum we are developing for Los Angeles County schools will be seen as a model for the rest of the nation to use when teaching American history."

On the following pages, see photos that will be used in the development of these new LGBT-specific lesson plans, which have been culled from various moments thought the LGBT community’s rich history. All Photos Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries


The crowd gathers on the National Mall for the first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, October 14, 1979. Photo Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries 

 


San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk as the grand marshal of the Christopher Street West pride parade in Los Angeles, June 1978. Photo Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries 


In 1967, PRIDE (Personal Rights in Defense and Education) led hundreds in protest of a police raid on the Black Cat bar in Los Angeles that left numerous patrons injured and a bartender in critical condition. Photo Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives  at USC Libraries 


Women's Army Corps members L. Weber, Esther Fromm, and Marvyl working on a plane at Patterson Field, circa 1944. Photo Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries 

 


The Human Rights Train becomes the first float sponsored by an LGBT organization in the Hollywood Santa Claus Lane Parade. Those pictured include Rev. Troy Perry, Sharon Cornelison, Jim Kepner, Roy Zukeran, Morris Kight, Al Gordon, Adele Starr, and Edith Allen Perry, November 1977. Photo Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries


The all-female automotive team at a gas station in Hollywood, 1943. Dorothy Putnam is at far right.
Photo Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries

 


Second Lt. Dorothy Putnam (second woman from right) in her first mechanics class, circa 1942.
Photo Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries


"Die-in" during the Sixth Annual AIDS Conference in San Francisco, June 1990.
Photo Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries 

 


A "Sunday Punch" performance at Service Club #1 at Camp Polk, La., 1951. The event played to a capacity crowd of "nearly 800 enthusiastic servicemen." Edgar Sandifer is second from left. 
Photo Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries


Patrons relaxing in Acme Bar, circa 1961.
Photo Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries 

 


The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt laid out on the National Mall at the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation, April 25, 1993.
Photo Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries