Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBT Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marked the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT Americans. Today, LGBT Pride Month celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and these events attract millions of participants around the world.
In schools and classrooms, LGBT Pride Month is an excellent time to talk with students about LGBT people and their struggles to achieve equal rights and treatment in all aspects of their lives. It is an opportunity to discover important LGBT people in history, read literature that features LGBT people and stories, analyze homophobia/heterosexism and explore its causes and solutions. As with other similarly themed months, it is important not to isolate the exploration of LGBT people and culture into one month during the year. LGBT history is American history and should be integrated into the curriculum throughout the school year.
Here are relevant PreK-12 curriculum, children’s books and other resources to bring LGBT Pride Month to your classrooms:
Unheard Voices: Stories of LGBT History (Grades 9-12 Curriculum Connections)
What Is Marriage Equality? (Grades 4-8 Current Events Classroom)
Transgender Identity and Issues (Grades 9-12 Current Events Classroom)
Discussing Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Identity and Issues: Suggestions and Resources for K-12 Teachers (Anti-Bias Curriculum Resources)
Analyzing Hate Crimes Statistics (Grades 9-12 Current Events Classroom)
Identity-Based Bullying (Grades 2-5 Current Events Classroom)