Teaching LGBTQ History to Kids: California’s New Framework

High school students learn about the queer past during a guided tour at the GLBT History. The group portrayed came from gay-straight alliances at high schools in San Joaquin County in California's Central Valley. They visited the museum on Feb. 20, 2016. Docent Bill Lipsky led the tour.
High school students learn about the queer past during a guided tour at the GLBT History. The group portrayed came from gay-straight alliances at high schools in San Joaquin County in California’s Central Valley. They visited the museum on Feb. 20, 2016. Docent Bill Lipsky led the tour.

 Thursday, October 13
7pm-9pm
The GLBT History Museum
1427 18th St., San Francisco
$5.00; free for members

In July 2016, the California Department of Education adopted a new educational framework that incorporates LGBTQ history into eight grades in elementary and high schools, making it by far the most LGBTQ-inclusive public school program in the nation.

In this presentation, Don Romesburg, chair of women’s and gender studies at Sonoma State University and program curator for the GLBT Historical Society, will describe the hard-fought campaign that resulted in adoption of the curriculum. He’ll also offer examples of the new course content for grades ranging from 2 through 11 and discuss the impact of this groundbreaking educational reform for students in California and beyond.

Romesburg was one of the editors of a report from the Comittee on LGBT History of the American Historical Association that made detailed recommendations for incorporating LGBTQ history in California’s K-12 teaching framework and was one of the leaders of the effort to persuade the state to adopt the recommendations.