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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. Looking at where the LGBTQ+ community and its allies are today sometimes feels like we’re navigating completely new ground. But is that really the case?

In this session, participants will engage in a fast-paced learning experience that examines key facts about LGBTQ+ history and how it shapes the world we’re in today. Then we’ll closely examine key advocacy issues to understand these issues in greater depth. What can history tell us about the challenges and opportunities we face? How can it inform the ways in which we take action? And how can we emulate the change strategies of key LGBTQ+ leaders to elevate our voices and create change today?

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Course Length

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

Who this course is for

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

  • Recap and expand upon key learnings from Straight for Equality’s “Don’t Know Much About LGBTQ+ History?” learning session.
  • Discuss topics related to:
    • LGBTQ+ invisibility in school curriculum;
    • The contributions of LGBTQ+ people of color;
    • The role of scientific research in LGBTQ+ equality;
    • The history of LGBTQ+ protests before and after the Stonewall Riots.
  • Tie current legislative and policy issues (e.g., nondiscrimination law, anti-transgender legislation, etc.) 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.