June Is LGBTQ+ Pride Month!!!

News about a rising tide of dehumanizing policies and resistance to LGBTQ education across the US is heartwrenching. Yet, equity-minded educators understand the end game: teaching our students how to speak truth to power is the only way to ensure a healthy environment where all students can thrive, be their unique selves, and become active participants in our diverse democracy.


CSD aims to make our school culture, curriculum, and policy inclusive of all identities and gender expressions. We’re using gender-inclusive language; we’re acknowledging and honoring students’ identities by using the correct pronouns; and we’re creating safe spaces for students to organize.


We are optimistic when sensible state officials offer protections or guidance to encourage LGBTQ inclusiveness. For example, California and New Jersey both have recently adopted laws that require schools to teach about LGBTQ history. But we know this work has to be larger than laws and policies. We must educate students and help them build community. This isn’t just about school; it’s about creating a safe and loving world. So, teaching about issues of identity and culture is never “too much” for young people, and it’s never too soon. 

For CSD parents, teachers, and caretakers trying to make a difference, keep teaching about, advocating for, encouraging, and valuing the lives of LGBTQ individuals. We’ve got your back.


See below for multiple resources you can use to achieve the aforementioned goals during this month

With this guide, Learning for Justice hopes to help teachers and school leaders make curriculum and policy decisions that include LGBTQ students and prepare all students to thrive in a diverse democracy. This guide provides resources that help school leaders ensure that all students feel safe, seen, and capable of success; help to ensure that the curriculum is as complete and representative as possible; ensure that the school climate fosters open and respectful dialogue among all students and staff; and prepare youth to engage and thrive within our diverse democracy.


Protect Black LGBTQIA+

All Black lives matter, including Black people who are queer and transgender, women and men, and non-binary people. In this month, as we celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride, we recognize that the movement for queer and trans liberation was catalyzed by uprisings led by QTPOC (queer and trans people of color), often against police violence. In addition to the well-known 1968 Stonewall Uprising in New York (with ancestors Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and so many others), we honor the 1959 Cooper’s Donuts uprising in Los Angeles, the 1966 uprising at Compton’s Cafeteria in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, and the 1967 protest in Los Angeles at the Black Cat Tavern

All three pre-Stonewall uprisings fought against racism, anti-trans, anti-queer police abuse, harassment, and brutality. As we declare that All Black Lives Matter, we know that we are building on a radical and beautiful legacy of resistance. Challenging ongoing racist police brutality as it intersects with anti-queer, anti-trans violence is the best way to express our collective pride this month and beyond.


From the outside looking in, the ABCs of LGBTQ identities can feel overwhelming, academic, and inaccessible. But for students deprived of representation, words matter—and can open a door toward realization. To hear yourself or see yourself described for the first time can be transformational, especially if you’ve been conditioned to see yourself as abnormal. A definition can point to a community. And a community can make a kid feel less alone.



Below is a list of relevant K-12 curriculum, children's books and other resources.

Teaching about LGBTQ+ Pride/History (Month)

Educators 4 Social Change

There are so many resources to look through and choose from!


ADL: LGBTQ Pride Month and Education Resources 

ADL put together an extensive list of lesson plans.

LGBTQ Pride Month Guide for Educators

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network

June is LGBTQ Pride Month, celebrated in classrooms and communities around the world. It's a great time to include LGBTQ themes and history.



Social Media

Blog posts from across the Library related to LGBTQ history.

LGBTQ+ Studies: A Resource Guide

This research guide serves as an introduction into the excellent collection of LGBTQ+ resources available at the Library of Congress. In addition to high profile collections like the Frank Kameny Papers, the Library also owns a number of LGBTQ+ periodicals and primary source materials. The Library provides on-site access to a number of relevant databases and electronic resources in LGBTQ+ Studies as well.

LGBTQ+ Artists Represented in the Performing Arts Special Collections in the Library of Congress Music Division

The artistic community has always had many LGBTQ+ members, including musicians, dancers, choreographers, writers, directors, designers, and other creators. The Music Division holds a wealth of information about these LGBTQ+ artists in its performing arts special collections, which contain musical scores, correspondence, scripts, photographs and other documents of their lives and careers. This survey (PDF) brings together some of the highlights from these holdings, providing an opportunity to learn more about LGBTQ+ creators and to recognize and celebrate their artistic achievements.

LGBTQ+ Resources in Business and the Workplace

A guide to sources of information for those researching the issues that affect the economic circumstances of the LGBTQ+ community.

LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive

The LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive collects and preserves online content which documents LGBTQ+ history, scholarship, and culture in the United States and around the world. Sites include domestic and international non-profit organizations, journalism and news external link, creative works and expressions, historical records, and more. Collection priorities include primary sources, first-hand accounts, coverage of significant events, and essential artifacts of cultural memory. This collection seeks to illuminate LBGTQ+ voices, from margin to center.

LGBTQ Activism and Contributions--Classroom Materials

This primary source set for teachers provides photos, film footage, newspaper articles, interviews, and audio recordings from the Library's online collections that explore LGBTQ Americans' political activism and contributions to U.S. cultural life.

LOC - Arts and Sciences

AIDS Memorial Quilt Records

Documentation of the work of The NAMES Project, the largest HIV/AIDS-related grassroots volunteer organization in the country and administrator of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest folk art project in United States history. The collection includes correspondence, administrative records, printed material, photographs, and audiovisual material that document the creation, marketing, and exhibition of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Also included are records related directly to persons listed on the quilts, including correspondence, photographs, tributes, epitaphs, news clippings, and artifacts submitted by panel-makers to add context about the lives of the persons in the quilt. Digital assets of particular note are digital images of all ca. 6,000 quilt blocks and structured data containing detailed information about quilt creators, persons listed on quilts, and quilt attributes.

Leonard Bernstein Collection

A composer of concert music and musical theater scores, a conductor, and a pioneer in the use of television in his role as music educator, Leonard Bernstein (1918-90) was among the most well-known and influential musical figures in the second half of the 20th century. As with most things related to Bernstein, his sexuality was a complicated aspect of his life. Often outspoken on political and social issues, Bernstein used his professional influence and passion to co-produce a benefit concert for the American Foundation for AIDS Research and the first Music for Life AIDS benefit (1987). In 1989, Bernstein declined a presidential medal of honor as a protest at the National Endowment of the Arts rescinding a grant for a gay-oriented AIDS art exhibit; and in 1990 he wrote the foreword to the book, The Vinyl Closet: Gays in the Music World. All considered brave actions at the time.

The Leonard Bernstein Collection in the Music Division of the Library is vast and varied. It is also a rich source for research in gay history. In 2011 the estate donated several hundred (previously sealed) letters to add to the Bernstein Collection that reveal many aspects of gay life, particularly during the 1940s – a secretive time when it was personally and professionally dangerous to document or acknowledge homosexuality. In addition to letters from various male lovers and friends, there are letters from therapists who worked with Bernstein as he struggled to face his sexuality, and letters from his wife discussing how they might deal with his homosexuality in their marriage. The collection also contains materials regarding the, then nascent, AIDS epidemic – research, commentaries, and business papers related to Bernstein’s participation in Aids awareness and fundraising events.

Pride in the Library

This album of images on the Library of Congress Flickr account 


 of artists, writers, playwrights, photographers, musicians, composers, dancers and poets serves as an introduction to the rich and diverse stories of LGBTQ+ life found in Library of Congress collections.

Prints and Photographs Collections

The collections of the Prints & Photographs Division at the Library of Congress include photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people.

Researchers may browse lists of relevant subject terms such as Gay pride and Gay Rights, or search broadly across all collections/categories using a general keywords directly in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog. The catalog provides access through group or item records to about 95% of the Division's holdings, including more than a million digital images as well as descriptions of material that can be consulted by visiting the Prints & Photographs Reading Room.

“Queer Eye” for the Library!

The cast of the Netflix series "Queer Eye" came to the Library for an on-stage conversation with Jonathan Capehart, the Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post columnist and MSNBC commentator. Read the blog post.

RENT Manuscripts in the Jonathan Larson Collection

RENT is one of the most prominent American musical theater works to address the impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis on the LGBTQ community. Jonathan Larson (1960-1996) was an American composer, lyricist, playwright, and performer who wrote primarily for the musical theater. The collection contains materials relating to his musicals, musical revues, club acts, films and dance works, in particular Superbia, tick, tick…BOOM!, and RENT, his successful rock musical adaptation of La Bohème. These materials include manuscript and computer-generated music scores and sketches, lyric sheets and sketches, scripts, notes, research materials, correspondence, notes and sketches for designs, production materials, programs, and press materials. In addition, the collection contains personal writings and correspondence, class and workshop notes, business papers, photographs, and books containing Larson’s annotations.

LOC - Civil Rights and Government

Bayard Rustin Papers

Bayard Rustin was an openly gay civil rights activist, social reformer, pacifist, AIDS activist and author. He was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. The papers of Bayard Rustin were presented to the Library of Congress between 1988 and 1994 as a bequest from Rustin via Walter Naegle, executor of Rustin's estate and his partner from 1977 until Rustin's death in 1987.

Frank Kameny Collection

Banned from federal employment in 1957 solely because he was a gay man, Franklin Edward Kameny became an “angry archivist.” Not only did the Harvard Ph.D. astronomer protest his firing from the U.S. Army Map Service, but he also became the central figure in confronting the federal government’s policies against the employment of gays and lesbians, particularly in positions linked to national security. Kameny collected thousands of pages of letters, government correspondence, testimony, photographs and other memorabilia. The Kameny Collection is perhaps the most complete record of the gay-rights movement in America.

The History of Pride: How Activists Fought to Create LGBTQ+ Pride

This story map provides a historical overview of annual LGBTQ+ Pride celebrations and the connections to Library of Congress collections.

LGBTQ+ Politics and Political Candidates Web Archive

The LGBTQ+ Politics and Political Candidates Web Archive captures digital content related to LBGTQ+ political candidates and political issues and topics at various levels of government, with a focus on lesser-known local and state politics. This archive preserves a representative sample of what is being called "The Rainbow Wave," which refers to the previously unprecedented number of LGBTQ+ identified candidates openly running for office.

LGBTQ Rights Abroad – Global Legal Monitor, Law Library of Congress

Lilli Vincenz Papers

Gay rights activist, psychotherapist, and documentary film maker. Correspondence, journals, organizational files, speeches, writings, surveys and questionnaires, press clippings, printed matter, academic files, and other papers relating to Lilli Vincenz's life as a gay civil rights activist, her work to support and empower lesbians and gay men, and her documentation of the gay and lesbian civil rights movement.

Stonewall Uprising

LOC - Literature and Poetry

Comic Book, Web Comic and Graphic Novel Collections

The Library curates an expanding collection of digitized and born digital comic books and social media site archives, all of which contain content touching upon LGBTQ+ themes.

Kay Ryan, Former Poet Laureate

Kay Ryan has made extensive contributions to national efforts which promote poetry in the United States. She credits Carol Adair, her late partner of thirty years as a main reason for her enduring the rejections that often accompany the career of a poet. The two met while they were both teaching classes at San Quentin State Prison. The quality of Ryan’s poetry eventually lead to her appointment as a US Poet Laureate.

St. Mark’s Poetry Project Archive

The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church was founded in 1966 in the East Village of Manhattan by, among others, the poet and translator Paul Blackburn. It has been a crucial venue for new and experimental poetry for fifty years and has hosted thousands of readings and workshops, many featuring LGBTQ writers. The Library of Congress’ Rare Book and Special Collections Division acquired the archive in 2005, which includes correspondence, financial reports, publications, flyers, posters, photographs, and over 4,000 hours of audio and video recordings. The collection is uncataloged, but accessible through the Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

Stonewall Book Awards

The first and most enduring award for LGBTQ books is the Stonewall Book Awards 

Sponsored by the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table. Since Isabel Miller's “Patience and Sarah” received the first award in 1971, many other books have been honored for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered experience.

Caribbean Heritage Month

Caribbean American Heritage Month is an entire month dedicated to celebrating Caribbean culture and how it has had a positive and profound impact on American culture. The Institute for Caribbean Studies (based in Washington, D.C.) initially mounted a campaign for a dedicated Caribbean culture month in the United States in 1999. After many years of hard work, this resolution finally made its way to the Senate, thanks in part to sponsorship from Congresswoman Barbara Lee. In 2006, the resolution was finally passed and was put into law by President George Bush, who made the inaugural Presidential Proclamation. Since then, June has been a month devoted to celebrating the rich culture of the Caribbean, and the vital work that Caribbean immigrants have done to shape the United States. Furthermore, the month is also used to mount campaigns of awareness to acknowledge the financial, economic, and social disparity that Caribbean Americans still face in the United States and to redress the systemic barriers that the community continues to experience. 

In the 19th century, the U.S. attracted many Caribbean transplants who excelled in various professions such as craftsmen, scholars, teachers, preachers, doctors, inventors, comedians, politicians, poets, songwriters, and activists. Some of the most notable Caribbean Americans are Alexander Hamilton, first Secretary of the Treasury; Colin Powell, the first person of color appointed as the Secretary of State; James Weldon Johnson, the writer of the Black National Anthem; Celia Cruz, the world-renowned "Queen of Salsa" music; and Shirley Chisholm, the first African American Congresswoman and first African American woman candidate for President, are among many.

Caribbean Americans are Americans who trace their ancestry to the Caribbean. They are a multi-ethnic and multi-racial group that trace their ancestry further in time mostly to Africa, as well as Asia, the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, and to Europe. Ninety percent of Caribbean people came to the US from five countries: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad, and Tobago. The largest Caribbean communities are located in New York, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Texas, and California

The music of the Caribbean reflects the multicultural influences that have shaped the Caribbean and African people. The Caribbean people brought music, such as bachata, cadence rampa, calypso, chutney, compas (kompa), cumbia, dancehall, filmi, Latin trap, méringue, merengue, parang, ragga, rapso, reggae, salsa, and zouk, which has a profound impact on U.S. popular culture.


AFT - Caribbean American Heritage Month Lesson Plans


Caribbean Immigrants in the United States


West Indian Americans


Caribbean Heritage Month


Island SPACE Caribbean Museum

If you’re ever in Florida (which you currently shouldn't be if you have any melanin), we recommend you check out the Island SPACE Caribbean Museum, which is the first-ever museum solely dedicated to Caribbean history. This amazing museum hosts historical artifacts, engaging exhibits, and a Hall of Fame - with record-breaking runner Usain Bolt’s signed cleats on display.


Institute of Caribbean Studies

If you’re close to a large city, you’d be surprised at how many events are taking place. For example, the Institute of Caribbean Studies lists a Caribbean Cook-Off that takes place in Houston, Texas. Other areas, such as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have an entire Caribbean market that is free to enter. At the Philadelphia market and others like it, there are steel drum musical displays and tons of yummy food to dive into. Be sure to check out the Institute of Caribbean Studies site to find an event close to you! 



If you are lucky enough to visit the region, you’re sure to have a trip you will never forget. But if you aren’t able to visit the Caribbean, don’t be disheartened. You can still visit… kind of. Thanks to websites such as ShowMeCaribbean.com, you can map the Caribbean and explore the island in real-time as if you were there. This is awesome for allowing visual learners to appreciate the beauty of the Caribbean - and you’ll save tons on airfare! 


2023 National Caribbean American Heritage Month Official Book List

We are happy to unveil the official list of Caribbean reads for the 18th Annual National Caribbean American Heritage Month (NCAHM).


 Juneteenth resources

This celebration marks a day in 1865 when enslaved Texans learned they’d be free—two months after Robert E. Lee surrendered and ended the Civil War and two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Initially a uniquely Texan observance, Juneteenth has now been recognized in some form in every corner of the country.

There are many ways to teach students about this celebration. Lessons about Juneteenth need to recognize the challenges that those who fight injustice have always faced, but they shouldn’t be marked only by the tragedy of enslavement. Students, particularly Black students, can find empowerment in the jubilant celebrations of culture, activism, and the humanity of a people.

General Resources


Excellent PBS Lesson Plan - History of Juneteenth and Why it's Now a National Holiday


Junteenth - Zinn Education Project

Resources From Educators for Social Change

There are many resources available online for teaching students about Juneteenth. Though many consider this holiday significant, it is overlooked by many school systems; thus, it is important that educators teach students about this monumental day in their classrooms. The materials below will provide educators with information that may help students learn about Juneteenth.

Lesson Plans


Informational Sites

Additional Resources

This work is important. 

 In City Schools of Decatur, we are committed to aligning educational practices, policies, and resources to ensure that all students have access to and feel welcome to participate in high-quality learning experiences, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, ability, religion, sexual orientation, linguistic diversity, or other cultural characteristics.

CSD will have achieved educational equity when ALL students have the resources, opportunities, and rigorous and relevant learning needed to enable their educational success.

Equity Event Calendar:
CSD Equity Events and Multicultural Celebrations 

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