Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights (with 21 Activities)

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Who transformed George Washington's demoralized troops at Valley Forge into a fighting force that defeated the British empire? Who cracked German's Enigma code and shortened World War II? Who successfully lobbied the US Congress to outlaw child labour? 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 LGBT equality is a recent development, but it is only the final act in a struggle that started more than a century ago. This timely resource helps put recent events into context for kids ages nine and up. After a brief history up to 1900, each chapter discusses an era in the struggle for LGBT civil rights from the 1920s to today. 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.

Readers 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; 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, and 21 activities enliven the history. Kids can write a free verse poem like Walt Whitman, learn the Madison line dance, design an AIDS quilt panel, and write a song parody to learn about the spirited ways in which the LGBT community has pushed for positive social change. Also features a list of resources, including books to read and movies to see.

Large format Paperback, 180 Pages, Published November 2015

Author: Jerome Pohlen

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