It’s March, which means schools and communities everywhere are celebrating Women's History Month – and there's no better year for GSAs to step in and lead these efforts! Now that the FAIR Education Act has gone into effect, school social studies classes are required to teach the historical contributions of LGBT and people with disabilities. Since social movements don’t exist in a vacuum, this is a great opportunity to explore the role of LGBT people in women’s history!
Use this time to educate your school about the historical contributions of LBT women and ask your social studies teachers to do the same. Highlight women of the past, such as painter Frida Kahlo or social work founder Jane Addams. But you don't have to stop at the past! Learn about how LBT women are working for change today, such as author and activist Kate Bornstein and politician Evelyn Mantilla. To learn more about LBT women from the past and present, visit the LGBT History Month website for a full icon search. You can also check out this cool zine from GLSEN on women's history.
To get started, here arome activities you and your GSA can do to celebrate LBT women:
LBT women have been part of every social movement in history, paving the way for social justice and freedoms for all. Be sure to take stock of all of the amazing LBT women in our past and thank the LBT women activists in your life today.