LGBTQ+

February 11, 2014
  Background On February 9, 2014, Michael Sam, a defensive lineman on the University of Missouri's football team, announced that he is gay. Sam came out to his teammates last summer; some already…
January 30, 2014
To the teacher In June 2014, the Russian government passed a law that denies gay people the right to openly be themselves. The law has raised an international uproar, particularly now, with the 2014…
August 27, 2013
To the Teacher:   Controversy surrounds several upcoming international sporting events, including the Winter Olympics in Russia, and Brazil's hosting of both the World Cup in in 2014 and the Summer…
May 1, 2013
To the Teacher On April 29, 2013, Jason Collins, a professional basketball player in the NBA, came out, becoming the first openly gay athlete in a major American team sport. In this activity,…
November 29, 2012
  To The Teacher: The position of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) on homosexuality has drawn criticism for more than two decades. Most recently, in the summer of 2012, the group - one of the…
August 20, 2012
  Introduction This summer, two celebrities, Anderson Cooper and Frank Ocean, came out of the closet as gay men.  The following lesson, which requires two class periods, aims to help students…
June 30, 2011
To the teacher:   On June 24, New York became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage. Gay rights advocates have been cheering ever since.   The event abounds with teachable moments. The…
October 13, 2010
This fall, six gay teens committed suicide after being harassed or bullied. Among them was Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old student at Rutgers University, who killed himself after his roommate and…
September 8, 2010
To the Teacher:   Now that California District Court Judge Vaughn Walker has ruled that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional, the issue of same-sex marriage will be heard before an appeals court, then…
April 14, 2010
To the Teacher: Gay and lesbian issues inevitably become school issues, especially in high schools. A recent one involved Constance McMillen, an 18-year-old lesbian, who wanted to attend her senior…