Queer Youth Updates

A weekly e-newsletter resource for Queer/Ally Youth of Santa Cruz County. A program of the Safe Schools Project.

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Social Studies

General

  • FAIR Education Act: “The FAIR Education Act updates California’s education guidelines to integrate age-appropriate, factual information about the role and contributions of people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people into social studies and history lessons. These education guidelines already include the contributions of both men and women, people of color, diverse ethnic communities and other historically underrepresented groups. Signed into law on July 14, 2011, these updated guidelines went into effect on January 1, 2012″ (GSA Network).
  • FAIR Education Act FAQ (from the California Department of Education)

Books, Textbooks, Timelines, Lesson Plans, & Other Resources

A Compilation of Elementary School Curricula in line with the FAIR Education Act (from www.faireducationact.com) (NOTE: You may have to do a minimal amount of sifting through this sites curricula to find more LGBT-focused materials since the FAIR Act also mandates the teaching of the contributions of people with disabilities, recognizing, of course, that ‘LGBT’ and ‘disabled’ are not mutually exclusive.)

A Compilation of Middle School Curricula in line with the FAIR Education Act (from www.faireducationact.com) (NOTE: You may have to do a minimal amount of sifting through this sites curricula to find more LGBT-focused materials since the FAIR Act also mandates the teaching of the contributions of people with disabilities, recognizing, of course, that ‘LGBT’ and ‘disabled’ are not mutually exclusive.)

GLBTQ Social Sciences Resource Compilation: Subject Index – A-EF-LM-Z

Unheard Voices: Stories of LGBT History (see righthand column for curriculum links): Sections include –

Gay America: Struggle for Equality: A textbook that chronicles the struggle for gay rights in US history, for grades 7-12.

Living Memory LGBT History Timeline: A timeline from the twentieth century through 2006 that includes historical figures, historical events and laws, and other LGBTQ moments in history.
LGBTQ Icons of History Bio Pages: A collection of the biographies of 31 LGBTQ icons through history, including but not limited to George Washington Carver, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Kiyoshi Kuromia.
No Name-Calling Week Resource Kit: Lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high schools.
Teaching Tolerance: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center: A collection of lesson plans, activities, professional development resources and more. Themes range from race to sexual identity to immigrant rights.
Timeline of LGBT History: A timeline from the twenty-fifth century BCE through 2006 about historical figures, historical events and laws, and other instances of LGBTQ moments in history.
When I Grow Up, I Want to Be A …: Moving Beyond Gender Barriers in Our Lives: Is inclusive not just of women, but all people who behave in gender-nonconforming ways.

Looking at Gender Through Folktales & Stories – Draws from numerous regions and cultures, including from the U.S., Mexico, Senegal, India, Japan, Russia, Sweden, and Germany.

Biographies: Determined Girls, Successful Women — Boys and Men Determined to Live Their Dreams – “Biographies to Help Children Know Their History and Expand Their Dreams” (Human Rights Campaign)

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives – The world’s largest research library on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered heritage and concerns.

Films with Discussion Guides and/or Lesson Plans

Films without Discussion Guides and/or Lesson Plans

  • De Colores: A 28-minute bilingual documentary about how Latino families are replacing the deep roots of homophobia with the even deeper roots of love and tolerance.
  • Two Spirits: This movie explores the cultural context of gender identity through the Navajo tradition of honoring those people with the body of one gender but the spirit of another, including the murder of Fred Martinez, one of those honored people, by a white outsider.