LGBTQ LESSON PLANS

In collaboration with UCLA History-Geography Project and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the ONE Archives Foundation, Inc. is pleased to provide LGBTQ lesson plans for educators at no cost. The ten lesson plans (featured below) 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.

These lesson plans were created by a cohort of teachers during the 2018 Teacher Training Symposium, in which they incorporated materials from ONE Archives at the USC Libraries into their lesson plans. We want to thank the following teachers for their work: Israel Calderon from Baldwin Park High School; Miguel Covarrubias from Los Angeles Unified School District; Hala Dillsi from Grover Cleveland High School; Elana Goldbaum from The Archer School for Girls; Sasha Guzman from Social Justice Humanitas Academy; Eunice Ho from Hollenbeck Middle School; Chris Lewis from Mountain View High School; Peta Lindsay from Los Angeles Leadership Academy High School, and Marika Manos from Long Beach Unified School District.

We invite you to read and download the lesson plans featured below.

Black Cat Riots
Black Cat Riots

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

Bayard Rustin
Bayard Rustin

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

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.

LGBTQ Civil Rights
LGBTQ Civil Rights

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

FAIR Education Act
FAIR Education Act

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

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

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

Harvey Milk
Harvey Milk

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

World War I
World War I

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

Daughters of Bilitis
Daughters of Bilitis

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

The ONE Archives Foundation partners with UCLA Center X and the Los Angeles LGBT Center to host the Teacher Training Symposiums at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries for cohorts of K-12 teachers from the greater Los Angeles area.

To learn more about this education initiative, please visit our webpage by clicking here.


Image credits, in order:

  • PRIDE leads a demonstration at the Black Cat in Silverlake, c. February 1967. Advocate Records, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.
  • Half length portrait of Bayard Rustin, c. 1965. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. Stanley Wolfson, photographer.
  • 50 Members of ACT UP/Los Angeles zap Cedar-Sinai Hospital for lack of an AIDS ward, c. March 1989. ACT UP/Los Angeles Records, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries. Chuck Stallard, photographer.
  • Portrait of Audre Lorde, c. 1984. Stephen Stewart Photographs, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries. Stephen Stewart, photographer.
  • Flyer for “Nationwide March for Human Rights”, c. Coalition for Human Rights (Los Angeles) Records, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.
  • Gay Liberation Front protest on the streets, c. June 1970. Gay Liberation Front Los Angeles records, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.
  • Holiday party of the early Mattachine Society, c. 1950s. Harry Hay Papers, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries. James Gruber, photographer.
  • Harvey Milk riding atop a car in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, c. 1978. Pat Rocco Photographs and Papers, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries. Pat Rocco, photographer.
  • Photograph of two WWI soldiers. Ralph W. Judd Collection on Cross-Dressing in the Performing Arts Collection, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.
  • Jim Kepner and the Los Angeles Daughters of Bilitis at Gay Pride, c. 1971. Christopher Street West Association Collection, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.