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Don’t Know Much About LGBTQ+ History? The Ultimate LGBTQ+ History and Culture Extravaganza

Stonewall. Rainbow flags. Pink triangles. Lavender lambdas. Pink, blue, and white banners. Pride parades. Disco. Fire Island, WeHo, and Boy’s Town. Harvey, Audre, Marsha, Sylvester, and even Gaga. What does it all mean? In this session, participants will learn about what many of these symbols, events, and historical references mean—and the impact they continue to have on culture today.

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Course Length

90 minutes (in-person or hybrid), 60 minutes (online)

Who this course is for

Self-identified allies, LGBTQ+ people who want to learn more; basic understanding of LGBTQ+ issues helpful

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In the US, most history classes lack content about key figures in LGBTQ+ history or the significance of certain events (if there is any mention at all). Leveraging PFLAG’s 50 years of experience as the nation’s original ally organization, this session will:

  • Discuss why providing education and programs on LGBTQ+ history and culture is relevant and necessary in the workplace
  • Look at some key – and often ignored – people, places, and things from LGBTQ+ history in the United States
  • Understand the cultural context for elements of LGBTQ+ culture including camp, signaling, “gayborhoods”, and LGBTQ+ bars/clubs
  • Find out how having a grasp of LGBTQ+ history can become a resource for educating, navigating conflict, and building bridges
  • Find out where to get additional resources for continued learning

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