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

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

Given today’s news, it would be easy to get the impression that the struggle 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 & 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 movements key struggles and 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, from Alan Turning, who cracked Germany’s Enigma code and shortened World War II, to Sally Ride, the first woman in space; to Bayard Rustin, chief organizer of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Twenty-one 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.

Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights, with 21 Activities
(For Kids #1)
by Jerome Pohlen

  • Publication Date: October 1, 2015
  • Genres: Children's 10+, History
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • ISBN-10: 1613730829
  • ISBN-13: 9781613730829