LGBTQIA+ History

These articles provide resources about the history of the LGBTQIA+ rights movement. Some of the articles are lesson plans with printable resources that might be helpful in the classroom. Others are more comprehensive timelines of the movement with additional links. This section of resources might help set a context for the mentor text, Two Boys Kissing by David Leviathan. As with many texts about history, it will be important for students to think about what information is missing. 


Pride Flag

The NEWSELA articles will connect with the picture books about the creation of the Pride flag. NEWSELA is a great resource that queers the accessibility of nonfiction texts. The articles can be adjusted to different reading levels. The article about the inclusive Pride flag addresses some of the issues of exclusion and erasure that have been a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Important Leaders

This collection of articles covers some influential members of the LGBTQIA+ community. The articles were selected to offer a broad view of the diversity in the community. However, this is not exhaustive or complete list at all. It would be interesting to see how students might queer the notion of identity as they read these lists.

Current Issues

No study of history is complete without a connection to current issues. This collection of articles addresses the complexities of the LGBTQIA+ experience. The Nigel Shelby article problematizes the notion of “It Gets Better” in light of recent deaths by suicide. The article states, “Queer children face challenges regardless of their race, but the intersection of Blackness and queerness in one of an especially layered oppression. And it’s important to remember how this reality creates unique risks factors for non-white LGBTQ people.”