American Queer History 1 a high school level course focused on the LGBTQ+ history in America.
|Start / End Dates
|September 1 - October 20, 2022
American Queer History 1
Throughout history LGBTQ+ community members have played an important role in society. From Langston Hughes with his poems to Jazz Jennings with her groundbreaking stance to live her life her way from an early age, LGBTQ+ people have been all around us. Unfortunately throughout history many of these LGBTQ+ narratives were suppressed. Come join us for 8 weeks in an accurate and inclusive American Queer History 1 course and learn who these people were, the important time frames of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, and who is leading our future!
Time commitment for American Queer History 1
2-3 hours, including class time.
Weekly live meetings:
This class will meet on Thursdays at 1:30pm EST ( 12:30pmCST, 11:30pm MST, 10:30 PST). This class will be approximately 1 hour long.
First class Sept 1, last class Oct 20
What to expect in American Queer History 1
This class is interactive. Access to a webcam and microphone will be useful but not required.
Ability to read and write, or access to assistance from someone during the class.
General knowledge of American History will be helpful.
LGBTQ+ History does come with some dark pasts as well as community members doing whatever it took to survive. It is important to note that some of the people we will be discussing engaged in activities that you may find difficult to discuss with younger students. While we will keep conversation on the topic of their activism, artistry, and accomplishments, un-supervised research may raise some uncomfortable questions. I would be happy to help parents navigate these discussions if they arise. It is also worth noting that we will be discussing the HIV/AIDS epidemic very truthfully. We are working to break stigmas and we will not shy away from being accurate in our representation of that time frame in Queer History.
A zoom Account (free).
All written materials needed will be sent to students before the class period for which they are required. There will also be a supply list available for any crafts that may be suggested as optional activities to be completed outside of class.
Joshua Jernigan (he/him/his) is a transgender rights activist and philanthropist living in the greater Charlotte metropolitan area where he and his husband are raising their daughter together. He started the Gender Education Network, an organization helping transgender and gender diverse youth under 12, and is passionate about ensuring every child has a safe and loving home to nurture their growing identities.
We have thoroughly enjoyed ancient history with Sam Matalone Cook and would love to continue following the history courses under her instruction. Michelle’s writing workshop was a welcomed addition to our semester and the ease of adding on a quick workshop to the semester was appreciated. I do wish that I could take classes, too. The great selection makes me jealous; Fairy Tales and Feminism would be so incredible to join in and to learn with Sam! And the LGBTQ+ history and US courses! Blair’s enthusiasm for science comes across strongly and is encouraging for the young learners. So many great classes- so little time.
Sheila and Elisa