Integrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer LGBTQ history means better schools for all
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“The Missing Link” Video Transcript: As artists, we’ve traveled all over the country and spoken to elementary schools, middle schools, high schools – and time and time again LGBTI history is a missing link inside of their curriculum. (Griffin – artist/musician/actor) As a gay child and teenager, I was isolated and very alone. I never had a gay role model or knew of any of the contributions of great gay and lesbian Americans. (Gregory – community member) We haven’t been taught in any way that there are LGBTQ individuals in the past who have helped change the world. (Connor – student) History is a dialogue between me and what has come before, and thinking now that that dialogue is incomplete on one side and is untruthful and dishonest in some way, then I feel that students need to have the full story in order to have a responsible dialogue about what comes next. (Brendan – Education and Community Programs A.R.T./Harvard) We need to do more than to just say, “Oh – it’ll get better.” I need to be able to share real curriculum, real stories, real histories of our LGBTQ community. (Deidre – high school administrator) We do have a history. It is important to us, and in many ways it helps define us and helps us understand ourselves. It also helps others understand us. (Mark – Independent LGBTQ Researcher/Historian) It may encourage young people to be more open-minded, accepting people who are different from themselves. (Khanha – student) All students have a right to see themselves reflected, not only in a chapter of a book, but within all history. (Jill – high school administrator) We don’t want future generations to look back and wonder why we did nothing to educate the world and our youth about the importance of LGBTI rights and history. (Matt – artist/musician/actor) As our society moves forward, so must our environment and our curriculum in school, to educate the future leaders of America. (University student) Like others before us – Jews, Native Americans, African Americans, Latino Americans, we know that when people don’t tell your story they don’t respect you. And when they want to erase you, first they eliminate your history. We are not erasable. We are a people with a history. (Mark) Together, we can make a better future for all people. (Connor) Please. We need this in our history curriculum. (Deidre)
“Through Gay Eyes” documentary film synopsis: This documentary film encompasses personal stories from high school students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members that tap every realm of life and social context. “Through Gay Eyes” extends beyond “coming out” stories and delivers a profound realization that there still exists a silent and stifling vein in our society. “Through Gay Eyes” wrestles with poignant and consuming questions that affect every member of society — bringing forth the invisible into a tangible piece of reality.
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