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Black LGBTQIA2S-supportive Curriculum Resources

University of Michigan School of Education—Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action (2021)


Use the resources below to access ways you can teach and learn for liberation or support orgs doing this work in ways that affirm, celebrate, and see the lives of Black LGBTQIA2S+ people.

  • Beyond Tolerance: Ap;Resource Guide for Addressing LGTBQI Issues in Schools NYQueer and NYCoRE are pleased to announce the release of a free curricular resource guide to support educators in addressing Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, Questioning and Intersex (LGBTQI) issues and themes in their classrooms.
  • Blacklight was founded in 1979 by Sidney Brinkley in Washington, D.C. It was one of the first national publications for African American gays and lesbians in the U.S.

  • "Erasure and Resilience: The Experiences of LGBTQ Students of Color, Black LGBTQ Youth in U.S. Schools" examines the school experiences of Black LGBTQ youth. Because LGBTQ students of color are not a monolithic population, this report focuses solely on the school experiences of Black LGBTQ youth, examining indicators of negative school climate, as well as supports and resources. (GLSEN Research Institute and NBJC)

  • Heidi N Closet, Ashlee Marie Preston, Vincint, & Jay Jurden Share Inspiring Messages for Black LGBTQ Youth (Trevor Project)
  • Hosting Your Own African American Education Teach-In to Support African American LGBTQ Youth A toolkit for individuals and communities to accelerate African American Educational Excellence and otherwise respond to urgent needs of African American LGBTQ students. (DOE)

  • I Am Not Haraam and Queer Muslims are both blogs created for LGBTQ+ Muslims by LGBTQ+ Muslims.

  • Inviting In Toolkit counters the idea of “coming out” to disrupt traditional power dynamics that do not center the lived experiences of LGBTQ/Same Gender Loving 1 (SGL) people. (NBJC)

  • The Latinx History Project was founded to collect, preserve and share Latinx LQBTQ history. Since its inception, it has served as a force that builds community, spreads compassion and fights for equity within and for the Latinx LGBTQ community of Washington D.C.
  • LGBTQ Freedom Fund LGBTQ Freedom Fund posts bail to secure the safety and liberty of individuals in U.S. jails and immigration facilities.
  • Many Voices envisions a Black church and community that embraces the diversity of the human family and ensures that all are treated with love, compassion, and justice. We raise the voices of Black gay and transgender Christians who, despite rejection and condemnation, contribute so much.

  • National Black Justice Coalition’s Resources Since 2003, the NBJC has been a leading national civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+, and same gender-loving (LGBTQ+/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS, through coalition building, federal policy change, research, and education. Our mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ+/SGL bias and stigma.

  • Ozone House Emergency shelter, safe space, transitional housing, and counseling for homeless youth, LGBT runaway teens and families in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

  • Ruth Ellis Center Founded in 1999, Ruth Ellis Center (REC) has established a national reputation for quality and innovation in providing trauma-informed services for lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth, and young adults, with an emphasis on young people of color, experiencing homelessness, involved in the child welfare system, and/or experiencing barriers to health and wellbeing.

  • Social Justice Books LGBTQ+ Booklist features lists of curated anti-bias books for all readers.

  • Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.

  • The GLBT Historical Society collects, preserves, exhibits and makes accessible to the public materials and knowledge to support and promote understanding of LGBTQ history, culture and arts in all their diversity.

  • The Neutral Zone was founded by teens, to provide a venue for needed social, cultural, educational, recreational, and creative opportunities for high school teens.

  • The Trevor Project Resources provides access information preventing suicide and Trevor’s unique resources for LGBTQ youth, including resources that are specific to Black LGBTQ+ folx.

  • Words Matter Gender & Justice Toolkit The first way to protect, uplift, and empower Black women, girls, and GNC people is to deconstruct and unpack the way violent and oppressive language is used against them. We can acknowledge that when we say “women and girls” we must account for all women and girls, including our transgender sisters. Use this Gender Justice toolkit to understand and practice the powerful ways we can protect, uplift, and empower. (NBJC)

  • Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. Based on the lens of history highlighted in Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States, the website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level.



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