Gay & Lesbian History for Kids

Gay & Lesbian History for Kids

The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights, With 21 Activities

eBook - 2015
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Part of the popular For Kids series, this book puts the historic struggle for LGBT equality into perspective Given today's news, it would be easy to get the impression that the campaign 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 and 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 movement's key 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, and 21 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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Chicago Review Press,, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781613730850
9781613730829
Characteristics: 1 online resource (192 pages)

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forbesrachel Mar 06, 2017

Gay and Lesbian History is an eye-opening read for those with little to no knowledge of the subject, an informative resource for middle school kids, and a vital mirror for LGBTQ individuals with its plethora of historical and current persons to find affirmation in. As much as this title is full of information on historical events, and persons, of importance (although US-centric), it is also a vessel for stimulating a discussion about human rights, social justice, activism, identity, and love; topics which were expressed throughout, but never developed upon outside the immediate context. The creators also included a bunch of activities, but these are fairly superfluous, the history itself is engaging, includes ample photos, is sectioned by decade, and broken up into even more manageable chunks within each part. Most middle school children should have no problem with it. Because the battle for equal rights is far from over, children need to hear about, and think about, the why's, and the what to do's. Whether you are a young LGTBQ individual in need of a hero like yourself, a heterosexual person with a desire to learn, or really just a caring human being, the Gay and Lesbian History is a great introductory title to some of the most important topics in modern times.

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