This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride Parade. We’re celebrating with the release of four new Distance Learning Packs that offer ways to teach LGBTQ+ History in History, Civics, General Music, Social Studies, and Visual Arts classrooms across grade bands.
Through the immense efforts by organizers and activists in the past 50 years, the LGBTQ+ community has made great strides towards equality and justice. But the continued violence against LGBTQ+ people – especially trans people of color – reveals without a doubt that more work needs to be done.
At TeachRock, we will continue to create materials that speak to LGBTQ+ perspectives, and revisit older materials to ensure that such perspectives are taken into account.
“Y’all Better Quiet Down”: Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ Pioneers (High School) – Discover the pioneering work of Stormé DeLarverie, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, and musician Sylvester in the Gay Liberation movement, and consider the ways LGBTQ+ history has been whitewashed.
The Stonewall Riots in the Fight for Equality (Elementary & Middle School) – Learn about The Stonewall Riots and their importance in the history of political and civil rights in the United States.
The Journey To Marriage Equality in the United States (High School) – Explore the 25 year- long pathway towards Marriage Equality in the U.S., while learning about the structure of the judicial system and the way music can encourage popular pressure to enact important legislation.
Signature Style in Art and Album Covers (Middle & High School) – Explore the work of Keith Haring and Mickalene Thomas, and their connection to the music of Solange and Malcom McLaren.
The Trevor Project
- http://queerbooksforteens.com/ (Resource to find YA books with LGBTQ+ content)
- George by Alex Gino (for students ages 8-12)
- Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (YA)
- Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (YA)
- Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera (YA)
- The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (YA)
- Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton
- Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility by Tourmaline
- Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
- The House You Pass On the Way by Jacqueline Woodson (YA)
TEACHROCK AND THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Have teamed up to bring the amazing history of Hip Hop’s seminal South Bronx years to teachers and students everywhere! Two TeachRock DLPs and sweet source material from the Rock Hall make it an incredibly fun way to explore the birth of the genre. Check it out!