Monthly LGBTQ History Stories for GSA Advisors and Other Educators
In 2011, the FAIR Educational Act was signed into law in California. The law (Ed Code. 60040) states that school districts shall adopt instructional materials which “accurately portray the cultural and racial diversity of our society, including:
- (a) The contributions of both men and women in all types of roles, including professional, vocational, and executive roles.
- (b) The role and contributions of Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of other ethnic and cultural groups to the total development of California and the United States.”
In 2015, the state History Social Science Framework was updated to include LGBTQ history and LGBTQ Americans. Many of the people and events discussed here are part of the California History Social Science Framework at various grade levels.
These events and people of LGBTQ history can be taught in 15-minute segments throughout the year – especially during a lunchtime GSA club meeting.
- January (Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell)
- February (Obergefell v. Hodges)
- March (Frank Kameny)
- April (National Day of Silence)
- May (Harvey Milk Day – May 22)
- June Part 1 (The Rainbow Flag)
- June Part 2 (Christopher Street Parade / Pride Parades)
- July (Bayard Rustin)
- August (Compton’s Cafeteria Riots)
- September Part 1 (California laws and LGBTQ Students)
- September Part 2 (Bisexuality Day)
- October (National Coming Out Day – October 11)
- November Part 1 (Transgender Day of Remembrance)
- November Part 2 (Schroer v. Billington Transgender Court Case)
- December (Lavender Scare)
Developed by Rob Darrow, Ed.D., Director of Research and Professional Learning and Carson Blumen-Green, SSP Intern, 2018. Updated: September 2018.