Subject: strictly fyi: GSA Census, LGBT history resources
From: "Reis, Beth"
Date: 9/27/2011 11:43 AM

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:
(1) GLSEN says, "Be Counted: GSA Census 2011!"
(2) Unheard Voices: Stories of LGBT History … audio interviews, lesson plans and other resources
(1) GLSEN says, "Be Counted: GSA Census 2011!"
Take the GSA Census 2011 and let your GSA’s participation and needs in the safe schools movement be heard!
How many GSAs exist in the country? What do GSAs do? What do GSAs need?
We want to know and we need YOUR help!
The first 2,000 GSAs to take the GSA Census will receive a packet of free GLSEN organizing materials
All GSA Census participants will be entered in a raffle to win a gift certificate
All GSA students and advisors/sponsors are welcome to take the GSA Census. The GSA Census defines GSA as an umbrella term used to refer to all student clubs that bring LGBT youth and allies together to work on creating safe and inclusive school environments (e.g., Gay-Straight Alliance, Gay-Straight-Transgender Alliance, Queer-Straight Alliance, Rainbow Club).
Be Counted! (
(2) Unheard Voices: Stories of LGBT History … audio interviews, lesson plans and other resources
ADL (the Anti-Defamation League), GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) and StoryCorps have collaborated to create Unheard Voices, an oral history and curriculum project that will help educators integrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history, people and issues into their instructional programs:
At the core of the program are brief audio interviews with individuals who bore witness to or helped shape LGBT history in some way. Each interview is accompanied by a backgrounder with discussion questions and activities for educators, and a student reading with biographical information about the interview subject and historical background on the era. In addition, several lesson plans are included for middle and high school students that explore topics related to the interviews.
Research shows that positive representations of LGBT topics in the curriculum are related to reduced levels of bullying against LGBT youth and a safer, more welcoming school environment for all students. Unheard Voices is a valuable resource for expanding your curriculum and programming during LGBT History Month this October and throughout the school year.
Interviews and Background Materials
§ Kendall Bailey talks about being discharged from the U.S. military under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
§ David Barr talks about the impact of AIDS on the gay community and his role as an activist since the 1980s.
§ Terry Boggis talks about being a lesbian parent and an LGBT family advocate.
§ James Dale talks about being the plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the Boy Scouts of America's membership policy.
§ Jamison Green talks about his role as an activist for transgender rights and his own personal transition.
§ Michael Levine talks about his experiences at the Stonewall Inn on the night of the rebellion that sparked the modern LGBT rights movement.
§ Phyllis Lyon talks about her role as co-founder of Daughters of Bilitis, the first lesbian rights organization in the U.S.
§ Charles Silverstein talks about his role in the declassification of homosexuality as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association.
§ David Wilson talks about his role in achieving marriage equality for same-sex couples in Massachusetts.
» More:
Lesson Plans and Resources
Lesson 1 - "A Peculiar Disposition of the Eyes": The Invisibility of LGBT People in History
Students explore the ways in which LGBT issues have been made invisible in mainstream accounts of history, and increase their awareness of significant LGBT people and events.
Lesson 2 - The History and Impact of Anti-LGBT Slurs
Students listen to the oral history of an advocate for LGBT family rights, and use her personal story as a vehicle for considering how anti-LGBT attitudes are formed.
Lesson 3 - In-Group, Out-Group: The Exclusion of LGBT People from Societal Institutions
Students explore the concepts of inclusion and exclusion on personal and societal levels, and identify ways in which LGBT people are currently included and excluded from societal institutions.
Lesson 4 - Winning the Right to Marry: Historical Parallels
Students explore marriage bans for same-sex couples within the context of earlier prohibitions, and use these historical parallels to determine the fairness of current laws and restrictions.
Lesson 5 - Understanding Gender Identity
Students learn about gender identity, explore the impact of rigid gender role expectations and stereotypes, and identify ways to be an ally to transgender and gender non-conforming people.
» More
Project Partners
Story Corps:
Additional Links at ADL
ADL Online Catalog: Resources for Classroom and Community <>
A CLASSROOM OF DIFFERENCETM Programs and Resources <>
Combat Bullying <>
Anti-Bias Study Guide (Secondary Level) <>
The Miller Early Childhood Initiative <>
Holocaust Education and Remembrance <>
Confronting Anti-Semitism <>
Making Diversity Count Online Professional Development Program <>
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