LGBTQ HISTORY LESSON PLANS

The ONE Archives Foundation has partnered with the UCLA History-Geography Project to host Professional Learning Symposiums and provide LGBTQ history lesson plans for educators at no cost. The lesson plans comply with California’s FAIR Education Act, which requires California K–12 schools to integrate fair, accurate, inclusive and respectful representations of the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities into their social studies and history classes.

We invite you to read and download the lesson plans featured below. To learn more about the Professional Learning Symposium, please visit this webpage.

AIDS & HIV Activism
AIDS & HIV Activism

Help students understand why and how activists responded to the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.

Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde

Analyze Audre Lorde’s writings to explore intersectionality, power and privilege.

Bayard Rustin
Bayard Rustin

Learn about Bayard Rustin’s identity and how it shaped his beliefs and actions.

Black Cat Riots
Black Cat Riots

Explore the causes of the Black Cat Riots in Los Angeles’ Silverlake neighborhood.

Daughters of Bilitis
Daughters of Bilitis

Assess how the Daughters of Bilitis’ The Ladder magazine supported lesbians in the 1950s.

FAIR Education Act
FAIR Education Act

Explore students’ rights to LGBTQ representation in the classroom as set forth in the FAIR Education Act.

Harvey Milk
Harvey Milk

Investigate how Harvey Milk’s leadership and the Briggs Initiative united marginalized groups.

Hollywood, 1920s–1930s
Hollywood, 1920s–1930s

Were LGBT Americans welcome in Hollywood during the 1920s and 1930s?

LGBTQ Civil Rights
LGBTQ Civil Rights

Examine how the movement for LGBTQ rights were part of the broader Civil Rights Movement.

LGBTQ Equality, 1950–1970
LGBTQ Equality, 1950–1970

Interrogate how the LGBTQ movement went from assimilation to coming out from 1950–1970.

Magnus Hirschfeld
Magnus Hirschfeld

Explore how Magnus Hirschfeld advocated for LGBTQ people in Germany and abroad.

Urbanization & Gender
Urbanization & Gender

Evaluate how urbanization challenged gender role in the late nineteenth century.

Vietnam War
Vietnam War

Explore how sexuality and social conditions impacted LGBTQ Americans during the Vietnam War.

World War I
World War I

Evaluate the role female impersonation played in various WWI soldier camp performances.

We want to thank the following teachers for their work in creating these LGBTQ History Lesson Plans: Elana Goldbaum, Hala Dillsi, Sasha Guzman, Miguel Covarrubias, Eunice Ho, Chris Lewis, Emily Waldron, Marika Manos, Peta Lindsay, Oliver Treanor Miska, Aditi Doshi and Israel Calderon. For inquiries about the LGBTQ Lesson Plans, please email education@onearchives.org.