Gay & Lesbian History for Kids

Gay & Lesbian History for Kids

The Century-long Struggle for LGBT Rights, With 21 Activities

Book - 2015
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2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People List Lambda Literary Award Finalist On the Rainbow Book List Who transformed George Washington's demoralized troops at Valley Forge into a fighting force that defeated an empire? Who cracked Germany's Enigma code and shortened World War II? Who successfully lobbied the US Congress to outlaw child labor? And who organized the 1963 March on Washington? Ls, Gs, Bs, and Ts, that's who. Given today's news, it would be easy to get the impression that the campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality is a recent development, but it is only the final act in a struggle that started more than a century ago. The history is told through personal stories and firsthand accounts of the movement's key events, like the 1950s "Lavender Scare," the Stonewall Inn uprising, and the AIDS crisis. Kids will learn about civil rights mavericks, like Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, founder of the first gay rights organization; Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, who turned the Daughters of Bilitis from a lesbian social club into a powerhouse for LGBT freedom; Christine Jorgensen, the nation's first famous transgender; and Harvey Milk, the first out candidate to win a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Also chronicled are the historic contributions of famous LGBT individuals, from General von Steuben and Alan Turing to Jane Addams and Bayard Rustin, among others. This up-to-date history includes the landmark Supreme Court decision making marriage equality the law of the land. Twenty-one activities enliven the history and demonstrate the spirited ways the LGBT community has pushed for positive social change. Kids can: write a free verse poem like Walt Whitman; learn "The Madison" line dance; remember a loved one with a quilt panel; perform a monologue from The Laramie Project; make up a song parody; and much more.
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781613730829
Branch Call Number: J323.3264 P754G 2015
Characteristics: xi, 180 pages : illustrations ; 22 x 28 cm


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DBRL_JessicaS Jul 12, 2019

This book is thick. The writing within is well-done, styled like a journalist. The author sections this book up by year and pulls through each section like they are individual articles, focusing on specific topics. However, information is not exactly it's main vein. It also has moments of photographs, cultural differences (such as two-spirit), and stories like the one found in the introduction about two mothers struggling to receive help at a hospital when dealing with their young son. It's definitely worth adding to any LGBT+ collection, it's a valuable resource for teaching those unfamiliar with the community, and a history that's important to record but not always easy to find.

Jan 14, 2019

Kids do not need to read about any of this, I strongly disagree with eveything that these books talk about. any parent out there listen to my words and heed them do not let your sons or daughters read any of these books and do not let them become this no matter what, I mean it!!!
I will not stand for this at all! you may call me anything you want, but I am telling the truth no matter you want to hear it or not.
And this goes out to all Christians and Christian, Catholic, and Orthodox families too. do not let them read any of this it is wrong.

forbesrachel Mar 06, 2017

Gay and Lesbian History is an eye-opening read for those with little to no knowledge of the subject, an informative resource for middle school kids, and a vital mirror for LGBTQ individuals with its plethora of historical and current persons to find affirmation in. As much as this title is full of information on historical events, and persons, of importance (although US-centric), it is also a vessel for stimulating a discussion about human rights, social justice, activism, identity, and love; topics which were expressed throughout, but never developed upon outside the immediate context. The creators also included a bunch of activities, but these are fairly superfluous, the history itself is engaging, includes ample photos, is sectioned by decade, and broken up into even more manageable chunks within each part. Most middle school children should have no problem with it. Because the battle for equal rights is far from over, children need to hear about, and think about, the why's, and the what to do's. Whether you are a young LGTBQ individual in need of a hero like yourself, a heterosexual person with a desire to learn, or really just a caring human being, the Gay and Lesbian History is a great introductory title to some of the most important topics in modern times.


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