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Queer History in Seattle - Part 1: to 1967 and Part 2: After Stonewall - from HistoryLink.org, an evolving online encyclopedia of state and local history in Washington state.

Books, videos & DVDs, teaching materials, links to websites:

Homosexuals in the Nazi Era: from The Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center (WSHERC) in Seattle. Books, videos & DVDs, teaching materials, links to websites - those listed are a sampling of some of the materials available on this topic, and are available to borrow from the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center. To request materials, or for more information please contact the Holocaust Center; 2031 Third Avenue; Seattle, WA 98121. Phone: (206) 441-5747; fax: (206) 956-0881; email: info@wsherc.org; webpage:‚  http://www.wsherc.org/Teaching_Holocaust/Suggested_Resources/Homosexuals.asp

Washington Holocaust Education Resource Center speakers' bureau: The Speakers Bureau consists of about 25 active speakers Holocaust survivors, liberators and descendents of survivors who share their stories with students and community members throughout Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. Speakers bring stories of the Holocaust to life, and encourage audiences to connect lessons of the past with contemporary issues like hate crimes, bullying and genocide that are so prevalent in today’s world. Hearing speakers give testimony helps students find their own voice, and teaches them to be responsible citizens in our community, our nation, and our world. More information: https://www.wsherc.org/speakersbureau/speakersbureau.aspx



Becoming Visible: A Reader in Gay & Lesbian History for High School and College Students, K. Jennings, ed., 1994. ISBN 1555831034. More than 2000 years of GLBT history across a range of cultures and close with study questions, advice for classroom activities, and suggested readings. Alyson Publications. $9.95 (pbk.)

Gay Men and Women Who Enriched the World, T. Cowan, 1997. ISBN: 1555833918. This is a biographical resource which includes portrayals of 47 gay men and women who are outstanding in art, literature, philosophy, economics, mathematics, music, and entertainment. Boston: Alyson Publishers. $10.95.

Lives of Notable Gay Men and Lesbians (series title), M. Duberman, ed. ISBN: 07791028844, etc. Expanding series on the lives of notable gay men and lesbians. Currently contains the following titles: James Baldwin, Willa Cather, Marlene Dietrich, John Maynard Keys, k.d. lang, T.E. Lawrence, Liberace, Martina Navratilova, Sappho, and Oscar Wilde. Each title must be ordered individually, $10.00 per book.

The Men With the Pink Triangle, H. Heger, 1994. ISBN: 1555830064. Gay people, like Jews and others deemed "undesirable," suffered persecution at the hands of the Nazis. This is the account of one who survived. Boston: Alyson Publications. $9.95.

Serving In Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, M. Cammermeyer and C. Fisher, 1995. ISBN: 0140231595. An autobiography of the former U.S. Army colonel from Washington State who had a long and distinguished career as a nurse until she revealed that she was a lesbian. NY: Penguin Putnam, Inc. $11.95

Who's Who in Gay and Lesbian History: From Antiquity to World War II, R. Aldrich and G. Wotherspoon, ed., 2001. ISBN: 0415159822. Library journal says, "This is a scholarly alternative to more celebratory or localized works." New York: Routledge. $31.95

Lesson Plans:

A Living Memory LGBT History Timeline: Historical events from 1920 to 2006, adapted by the Safe Schools‚ Coalition from a document compiled by Loree Cook-Daniels of FORGE (For Ourselves: Reworking Gender Expression) and TAN (The Transgender Aging Network). The original document is Living Memory LGBT Timeline: Current Elders Would Have Been This Old When These Events Happened ...‚  It is posted online here in pdf format.‚  Loree wrote: "LGBT people who are now aged 50 - 100 (i.e., elders) have lived through a lot of changes in how the wider society views LGBT issues. Even those who know LGBT history well may forget just how much of it elders have personally lived through. Those who are younger and/or see how much progress the LGBT movement has made may not fully recognize how often advances have been accompanied by setbacks, and may therefore find it harder to understand the level of fear and uncertainty that may be felt by LGBT people who are old enough to remember losing rights that had previously been won." http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/LivingMemory-lgbtHistoryTimeline.pdf (pdf format)

Are Gay Rights "Special?" from the Human Rights Resource Center at the University of Minnesota: http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/hreduseries/TB3/act2/act2f.html

Bowers v. Hardwick and the "Right to Be Left Alone" from GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network:

Building Bridges - Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural Understanding from the Peace Corps:‚  http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/publications/bridges/

The Discrimination Gap from the Not Round Here curriculum of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission of Australia: http://www.hreoc.gov.au/pdf/human_rights/Not_round_here.pdf (pdf format)

The GLBTQ Trivia Game: put together by PFLAG-Olympia, WA. http://www.pflag-olympia.org/the-GLBTQ-trivia-game.pdf (pdf format)

Is Everyone Protected By the Bill of Rights from New Yor's public TV station, Thirteen WNET: http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/lessons/billofrights/

Family Law: The Right To Marry from UW student Beth Stevens for high school (note: there's an error - NO states currently allow gay or lesbian couples to marry): http://www.law.washington.edu/streetlaw/lessons/Family%20Law-The%20Right%20to%20Marry.pdf (pdf format)

Harvey Milk Day Curriculum and Web Resources: from The California Safe Schools Coalition, GSA Network, and Our Family Coalition - hosted by Safe Schools Coalition. For educators to access curriculum about Harvey Milk, in the spirit of the California law signed in October 2009, to enable schools to conduct lessons remembering the life of Harvey Milk, recognizing his accomplishments, and familiarizing students with the contributions he made to California and the LGBT community. http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/HarveyMilkDay/

HATE CRIME: "Should it be considered a crime?: a 4-LESSON SEQUENCE - CURRENT EVENTS - " Two Illinois high school students went to court on May 16, 2007 accused of committing a hate crime at school. The incident is explained in a May 17, 2007 CBS article headlined "Girls Charged With Hate Crime For Anti-Gay Fliers."‚  The article is a valuable teaching tool, especially because of the balanced way it was written. The Safe Schools Coalition's 4-lesson sequence is based on this article. A current events lesson for grades 8-12. http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/HateCrimeLessonPlan-May18-2007-1.pdf (pdf format)

History Quiz (used by Safe Schools Coalition at Seattle Pride 2011) http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/HISTORYQUIZ.pdf (pdf format)

I Now Pronounce You... Same-Sex Marriage Legislation from the Human Rights Resource Center at the University of Minnesota: http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/hreduseries/TB3/act6/act6f.html

Is it a Crime to Be Gay? Debating Tolerance in a New Democracy from the Human Rights Resource Center at the University of Minnesota: http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/hreduseries/TB3/act4/act4f.html

LGBT History Month-by-Month from Safe Schools Coalition: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/blackboard-history.html

October is GLBT History Month


During October 2012 a new GLBT Icon is presented daily above.

Each day you will have access to his or her video, bio, resources, and more. You can also access the educational resources of all 31 of the 2010 GLBT Icon bios and related materials as well as the archives of Icons from GLBT History Months since 2006 here: http://www.glbthistorymonth.com/

GLBT History Month: In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of GLBT history, and gathered together other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as Coming Out Day (October 11), occur then. GLBT History Month is endorsed by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association, and other national organizations. In 2006, Equality Forum assumed responsibility for GLBT History Month. http://www.glbthistorymonth.com/

LGBT History Month: 31 days of gay: a 09/30/2008 article by 365gay Newscenter Staff.

The Playing Field from Tools for Change: http://toolsforchange.org/resources/org-handouts/the-playing-field.pdf (pdf format)

Referendum 74 is impacting Washington students. Your student’s deserve access to information, a caring and safe learning environment and your support. What if I’m not so sure about Referendum 74 myself? What steps can I take to support students? Where can I get more resources, lesson ideas? This is from Safe Schools Coalition with thanks to Minnesota School OUTreach Coalition http://www.mnschooloutreach.org/ for permission to adapt the document they created to help Minnesota teachers help their students during this election season. http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/SSCsElection2012guide.pdf (pdf format)

Rights Abuses Around the World: What Can We Do? from the Human Rights Resource Center at the University of Minnesota: http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/hreduseries/TB3/act8/act8f.html

Scarecrow: A Lesson Against Hate Crimes - Performing Arts, Understanding and expressing hate crimes through performances - from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to accompany the Melissa Ethridge song Scarecrow. ‚ 
http://www.rocklibrary.com/Library/Entity.aspx?id=dbb0b396-15cd-431e-b6a3-d3b6ddc7169b ‚ 

Stonewall and Beyond: Gay and Lesbian Issues from New Yor's public TV station, Thirteen WNET: http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/lessons/stonewall/index.html

Two Towns of Jasper - Examining Prejudice from PBS to accompany the POV film by the same name: http://www-tc.pbs.org/pov/pov2002/twotownsofjasper/pdf/ttoj_lesson_plan1.pdf (pdf format)

What Can Be Done to Achieve Equality? Evaluating Different Approaches from the Human Rights Resource Center at the University of Minnesota: http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/hreduseries/TB3/act5/act5f.html

What If Things Were Different? Charting the Effects of Change from the Human Rights Resource Center at the University of Minnesota: http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/hreduseries/TB3/act3/act3f.htm

Words Really Matter: Examining Language at School from the Human Rights Resource Center at the University of Minnesota: http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/hreduseries/TB3/act1/act1f.htm

Youth Dealing with Homophobia: Stories from Real Life: What Can We Do? from the Human Rights Resource Center at the University of Minnesota: http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/hreduseries/TB3/act7/act7f.html


Listen to: "Singing For Our Lives" (2:52)
by Holly Near - http://www.hollynear.com/

"Singing For Our Lives" was written after Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone were murdered in San Francisco.
Over the years verses have been added reflecting many issues and concerns.

This is also posted on our Music on the Safe Schools Coalition Website resource page.

Newspaper columns:

The Ghosts of Jamestown - a column about Richard Cornish, the first American executed for sodomy: by Adam Goodheart; New York Times, July 3, 2003 http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9504E5DC103AF930A35754C0A9659C8B63 

PowerPoint presentation:

The Stonewall Riots - New York City, June-July, 1969: created by teacher Dan Sato, Shorewood High School (a Safe Schools Coalition member org), Shoreline, WA.‚  What were the Stonewall Riots? The Stonewall Inn, Before Stonewall, A Time of Political Upheaval, Sylvia Rivera, The Riot Begins, The Riot Continues, June 29, 1969, Days Two and Three, Takin' it to the Streets, After Stonewall, Today, and Sources. (PowerPoint format, 15 pages, 642kb) http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/history/Stonewall.ppt

Well documented web resources on LGBT people who've made historical contributions to the world:

Famous or Distinguished Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals: A List of Names: from the American Library Association.‚  $3.00, order at: http://calvin.usc.edu/~trimmer/ala_form.html

Hero and Role Model Cards: from the Safe Schools Coalition. http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/herorolemodelcards.pdf‚  (pdf format)

Her/His-torical websites:

OutHistory.org: gender and sexual history, including an almanac, archive, article, bibliography, book, encyclopedia, library, and museum. http://www.outhistory.org/


After Stonewall: From the Riots to the Millennium, the sequel to Before Stonewall: 88 min. video. Chronicles the gay and lesbian experience since the Stonewall riots. Available in many video stores, or call 1-800-229-8575 or go to http://www.firstrunfeatures.com/ (type "Stonewall" in the search box).

A gay man In The Civil Rights Movement: 11 min film free online. Bayard Rustin was an American civil rights activist, important largely behind the scenes in the civil rights movement. (NOTE: preceded by a very campy commercial.)

Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community: 87 min. video. Emmy-award winning documentary of gay life in the U.S. before 1969.‚  Available in many video stores, or call 1-800-229-8575 or go to http://www.firstrunfeatures.com/ (type "Stonewall" in the search box).

"Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin" 83 min. video. Documentary about this legendary African-American, gay, Quaker pacifist activist, without whom there might never have been a Montgomery Bus Boycott in support of Rosa Parks or a March on Washington with Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Available from Newsreel for $195. at http://www.newsreel.org/films/brothero.htm or call Newsreel toll free: 877-811-7495. The film is also scheduled to air on the show P.O.V. on public television; check local listings, but it is due to air at 10 p.m. EST on January 20, 2003, Martin Luther King Day. See info online at: http://www.pbs.org/pov/

Out of the Past: 60 min. video, 1998. The first documentary about lesbian and gay history ever produced for a high school audience. This film, winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, recovers facets of our history that have been left out of the textbooks and follows one young woman making history today. $24.98 from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1578482003/gaylesbiandst-20/102-1519868-1278559

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