L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Partners with ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives To Bring LGBT Inclusive History to Los Angeles County Schools
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives announced a groundbreaking partnership with the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Project SPIN to develop LGBT-specific lesson plans to be integrated into Los Angeles County high school history curriculum. As part of the full implementation of the California FAIR Education Act, which passed in 2011, historical artifacts and resources from ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives will be used to construct supplemental lesson plans covering significant historical events and figures from LGBT history.
“The efforts of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Project SPIN and ONE Archives to make LGBT-integrated and inclusive lesson plans available to all teachers are truly groundbreaking. It’s empowering for all students to see themselves, their families, and their community reflected in the curriculum,” said Judy Chiasson, Program Coordinator, Office of Human Relations, Diversity and Equity, Los Angeles Unified School District.
In 2011, California passed the landmark Senate Bill 48, the “Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful” (FAIR) Education Act. California schools are now required to provide general instruction that includes information on the contributions of "Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and other ethnic and cultural groups."
"What better way to kick off LGBT History Month than to ensure that the contributions made by our LGBT pioneers are not erased from the history books," said Joseph Hawkins, Ph.D., Director, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries. "We hope that the LGBT inclusive curriculum we are developing for Los Angeles County schools will be seen as a model for the rest of the nation to use when teaching American History."
“Young people need to see people like them—racially, socio-economically, etc.—reflected in the lessons they learn in school,” said Sara Train, Coordinator of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Project SPIN program. “In our work consulting with the ONE Archives, we really wanted to show how LGBT history and LGBT leaders were integral to the development of American history. With the recent Supreme Court rulings about the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, it’s increasingly important to show LGBT young people that it’s OK to be who they are and to provide role models they can identify with.”
In 1967, PRIDE (Personal Rights in Defense and Education) led hundreds in protest of a police incursion into the Black Cat bar in Los Angeles that left numerous injured and a bartender in critical condition. Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries.
The crowd gathers on the National Mall for the first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. October 14, 1979. Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries.
Second Lieutenant Dorothy Putnam (second woman from right) in her first mechanics class. Circa 1942. Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries.
San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk as the Grand Marshall of the Christopher Street West pride parade in Los Angeles. June 1978. Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries.
Women's Army Corps (WACS) servicewomen L. Weber, Esther Fromm, and Marvyl working on a plane at Patterson Field. Circa 1944. Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries.
"Die-in" during the 6th Annual AIDS Conference in San Francisco. June 17-24, 1990. Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries.
The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt laid out on the National Mall at the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. April 25, 1993. Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries.
About ONE Archives
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives is the oldest active Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning (LGBTQ) organization in the United States and the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world. Founded in 1952, ONE Archives currently houses over two million archival items including periodicals, books, film, video and audio recordings, photographs, artworks, organizational records and personal papers. The collections at ONE Archives are a part of the University of Southern California Libraries. Learn more at www.onearchives.org.
About Project SPIN
Project SPIN is a partnership between the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the L.A. Unified School District and a coalition of organizations working to provide support for youth and schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District.
About L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
For more than 40 years, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center has been building the health, advocating for the rights and enriching the lives of LGBT people. The Center serves more LGBT people than any other organization in the world with services ranging from LGBT specialty medical care to cultural arts programs; from housing homeless youth to hosting life-enriching programs for seniors. Learn more at LAgaycenter.org.
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