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