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When LGBTQ+ Past and Present Collide! How LGBTQ+ History Can Illuminate Today’s Challenges

As the old saying goes, those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. In this session, participants will examine key facts about LGBTQ+ history, closely examine key advocacy issues, and understand what history can tell us about the challenges and opportunities we currently face. We’ll also consider how the past and LGBTQ+ leaders throughout history can inform the ways in which we take action and create change.

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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

Download a one page PDF that includes information about this learning session.

As record-breaking numbers of anti-LGBTQ+ bills are introduced in statehouses year after year many advocates would like to emulate the strategies of LGBTQ+ advocates throughout history, to elevate our voices and create change. Leveraging PFLAG’s 50 years of experience as the nation’s original ally organization, this session will:

  • Review key learnings from the “Don’t Know Much About LGBTQ+ History?” learning session
  • Expand upon topics including LGBTQ+ invisibility in school curriculum and the contributions of LGBTQ+ people of color
  • Tie current legislative and policy issues to LGBTQ+ history and highlight how it can use to inform our current advocacy work
  • Highlight key LGBTQ+ historic figures and their advocacy style to help participants find inspiration and guidance for their own advocacy for equality for all

This learning session is primarily focused on LGBTQ+ history and culture in the United States.

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