Though largely neglected in classrooms, LGBT history can provide both a fuller understanding of U.S. history and contextualization for the modern world. This is the first book designed for university and high school teachers who want to integrate queer history into the standard curriculum. With its inspiring stories, classroom-tested advice, and rich information, it is a vThough largely neglected in classrooms, LGBT history can provide both a fuller understanding of U.S. history and contextualization for the modern world. This is the first book designed for university and high school teachers who want to integrate queer history into the standard curriculum. With its inspiring stories, classroom-tested advice, and rich information, it is a valuable resource for anyone who thinks history should be an all-inclusive story.Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History offers a wealth of insight for teachers. Introductory essays by Leila J. Rupp and Susan K. Freeman make clear why queer history is important and provide global historical context, showing that same-sex sexual desire and gender change are not new, modern phenomena. Teachers in diverse educational settings provide narratives of their experiences teaching queer history. A topical section offers 17 essays on such themes as sexual diversity in early America, industrial capitalism and emergent sexual cultures, and gay men and lesbians in World War II. Contributors include detailed suggestions for integrating these topics into a standard U.S. history curriculum, including creative and effective assignments. A final section addresses sources and interpretive strategies well-suited to the history classroom.Taken as a whole, Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History will help teachers at all levels navigate through cultural touchstones and political debates and provide a fuller knowledge of significant events in history....
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A fantastically useful book. Obviously great for high school and college teachers, but also a must-have for public historians or anyone else with an educational bent. I think it could also serve as a really stellar introduction to U.S. LGBT history as a whole... topics, methods, a sense of the field in general. I recognized a lot of names in the list of contributors, and was super impressed across the board with the quality of writing. This is not some throwaway publication.The first several essays discuss general approaches and stories about teaching LGBT history in the classroom, cogently explaining how and why. The main chunk in the middle offers a series of short essays on time periods and topics, suggesting ways to incorporate the relevant LGBT history into existing courses or modules. Finally, several more essays speak from a tool perspective, talking about ways to teach using types of media like oral histories or documentaries. It's thorough and helpful, never gets too bogged down by theory or minutiae, and I appreciate how often the essay writers refer to each other. The editors must have done a great job of facilitating that, and it keeps the book from getting repetitive. There's nothing in it that doesn't belong, every essay serves a purpose. Love it!
The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) conducts a school climate survey every other year. This survey samples over 10,000 middle and high school students in the United States. The 2015 report states that "Most LGBTQ students have experienced harassment and discrimination at school." In fact, almost 58% of the students surveyed state they feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation. Most also report avoiding extra curricular activities, and even bathrooms and locker rooms. Over ten percent of the students admit to avoiding school for 4 or more days a month due to safety concerns.The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) found that "4 in 10 LGBT youth (42%) say the community in which they live is not accepting of LGBT people." They go on to say that twice as many LGBT youth claim to have been physically assaulted as those who are straight. 92% of the polled students state that they hear negative messages about being LGBT, and that one of the top sources of those negative messages is the school. In recent years, however, a growing number of educators have understood the cost of being silent and of erasing LGBTQ people and their experiences. These teachers and professors are working to find ways to make school a safe for all students. There is growing evidence, for example, that LGBTQ students who attend schools that offer LGBTQ-inclusive curricula, have gay straight alliances, and anti-bullying and discrimination policies that include sexual orientation, are less hurt by the schools they attend.Efforts to make schools safer and more inviting to LGBTQ students comes with challenges. In the 90s, for example, a group of four teachers in the high school where I taught attempted, with the approval (we thought) of administrators, held a workshop for teachers about challenges LGBTQ students face. We also created a newsletter for faculty, worked to build safe spaces for students, and introduce the concept of gay-straight alliances to administration. Mysteriously, that summer, our group was split apart and we were all transferred to other buildings. Other teachers and professors across the country have also worked to make their schools more inclusive. Some of those educators teach history. As they have explored ways to make the study of history more inclusive of LGBTQ persons, they have also come to better understand how when we think of the history, we assume that human sexuality plays no part in the events and attitudes of the past. Or, that if we do consider it, we almost always assume all the "players" were straight and look through a hetero-normative lens.Though written for high school and university educators seeking to weave the impact of sexual orientation into the United States history curriculum, this collection of essays can also provide others a brief overview of the complexity, and long history, of LGBTQ persons and their place in society.The collection opens with arguments for the inclusion of LGBTQ history in history classes, then continues with several essays showing how that history might be incorporated. The final essays in the collection offer sources and strategies for teaching.Some topics include: the challenge of teaching LGBTQ history, why LGBTQ history should be included in the curriculum, sexual diversity in early America, 19th century male love stories, romantic friendship, industrialism and emergent sexual cultures, lesbians and gays in WWII, the Red Scare, gay liberation movement, Stonewall riots, anti-gay backlash, AIDS, Don't Ask Don't Tell, gay marriage, and more.The person reading this series of essays will leave more able to be an ally of LGBT students, more knowledgeable of LGBTQ history, more aware of how our understanding of sexual orientation changes over time and place, and of how sexual orientation plays a role in the history of us all.
This was such a great read. A significant part at the beginning of the book is geared towards teachers, and it's tehrefore a great resource for educators who want to use this book in the classroom. It is also just a great book overall, and interesting for anyone who wants to learn more about Queer and Trans history. It is easy to read and is very well-balanced in the way it presents information. It takes into accounts the lives of people of diverse background, and it questions both sides of the story. It also comes with a fantastic list that includes all the texts that you may want to read to further your knowledge on the topic covered.
Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History (Paperback) ordering from the library nov 15not one word about Roman Catholic priests as possibly gay and generationally gay as part of the problem of priests pedophiles --maybe some of the priests were het or bi--but over hundreds of years there were way too many boys molested for there not to be some homosexual priests who are known to each other through a world wide hierarchy of priests, and bishops, etc.Introduction. The ins and outs of U.S. history: introducing students to a queer past / Susan K. Freeman and Leila J. Rupp -- Outing the past: U.S. queer history in global perspective / Leila J. Rupp -- Part One. The challenge of teaching lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history. Forty years and counting / John D'Emilio -- Putting ideas into practice: high school teachers talk about incorporating LGBT history / Daniel Hurewitz -- Questions, not test answers: teaching LGBT history in public schools / Emily K. Hobson and Felicia T. Perez -- Observing difference: toward a pedagogy of historical and cultural intersections / Kevin Mumford -- Part Two. Topics in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history. Transforming the curriculum: the inclusion of the experiences of trans people / Genny Beemyn -- Sexual diversity in early America / Thomas A. Foster -- Nineteenth-century male love stories and sex stories / David D. Doyle, Jr. -- Romantic friendship: exploring modern categories of sexuality, love, and desire between women / Dasa Francikova -- Industrial capitalism and emergent sexual cultures / Red Vaughan Tremmel -- Men and women like that: regional identities and rural sexual cultures in the South and Pacific northwest / Colin R. Johnson -- The other war: gay men and lesbians in the Second World War / Marilyn E. Hegarty -- The red scare's lavender cousin: the construction of the cold war citizen / David K. Johnson -- Public figures, private lives: Eleanor Roosevelt, J. Edgar Hoover and a queer political history / Claire Bond Potter -- Community and civil rights in the Kinsey era / Craig M. Loftin -- Queers of hope, gays of rage: reexamining the sixties in the classroom / Ian Lekus -- Sexual rights and wrongs: teaching the U.S. Supreme Court's greatest gay and lesbian hits / Marc Stein -- Queer generations: teaching the history of same-sex parenting since the Second World War / Daniel Rivers -- The New Right's anti-gay backlash / Whitney Strub -- How to teach AIDS in a U.S. history survey / Jennifer Brier -- "Don't ask, don't tell": the politics of military change / Aaron Belkin -- Teaching same-sex marriage as U.S. history / Shannon Weber -- Part Three. Discovery and interpretation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history. History as social change: community-based archives and oral histories / Nan Alamilla Boyd -- Teaching LGBT history through fiction: a story-logic approach to the problems of naming and evidence / Norman W. Jones -- Screening the queer past: teaching LGBT history with documentary films / Nicholas L. Syrett -- Popular culture: using television, film, and the media to explore LGBT history / Sharon Ullman -- Queer history goes digital: using Outhistory.org in the classroom / Catherine O. Jacquet.
Though history teachers, mostly at the high school and college level, are the intended audience for this collection of essays, the book does provide a fascinating look at how our understanding of sexual orientation, gender, and gender expression is fluid and rooted in a larger history of the country. What we tend to think "always was," actually was not.