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LGBTQ History

Various figures from LGBTQ history against rainbow background

Positively representing LGBTQ topics in the history curriculum improves student experiences.

For all of us, learning an LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum can help us better understand our world and our differences. For LGBTQ students in particular, it can mean feeling safer at school and hearing homophobic and transphobic remarks less frequently, according to GLSEN research.

That's why we're sharing the resources below, from an interactive timeline and coloring book to many other classroom resources. For even more reasons to include LGBTQ history, also see our #LGBTQhistory wall, where students past and present are sharing LGBTQ icons and explaining the importance of learning LGBTQ history in school.

Recognizing these benefits, former GLSEN Chapter leader Rodney Wilson, with the support of GLSEN's founder Kevin Jennings and many others, founded LGBTQ History Month in October 1994. While you can use these resources every October, they're perfect for use all year, so that students see the benefits year round.

Use this interactive timeline to bring LGBTQ history to your school, and use this timeline resource for a lesson or GSA activity! Want random LGBTQ historical facts from the timeline to include in class? Text HISTORY to 21333!

Cover of LGBTQ History Coloring Book featuring various LGBTQ icons

A perfect activity for elementary school students and adults alike, this coloring book features leaders and groundbreaking events in American history that highlight people with LGBTQ identities.

Download the full coloring book in color or black and white. These LGBTQ leaders and events are featured in the book:

  • We'Wha
  • Bayard Rustin
  • Compton Cafeteria Riots
  • Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera
  • Marriage Equality and Edie Windsor
  • Laverne Cox

Purchase hard copies in bulk for your classroom!


Who do you wish you learned about in school?

Whether you're LGBTQ or an ally — student past or present — share on Instagram a photo of an LGBTQ icon you wish you learned, using #LGBTQhistory and explaining why it's important to you to learn LGBTQ history in school. Your post might be featured on our #LGBTQhistory wall below!

Flyer for Unheard Voices resource

Here are additional resources for your classroom: