Resources for Educators

Professional Development and Teacher Training

Schools and service agencies should be positive places where all children, youth, and families are valued and encouraged to be their full selves.

Our Family Coalition's Inclusive Schools Program works with families, teachers, administrators, and child-serving professionals to help them understand and implement more equitable practices to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer families and their allies.

We offer professional development and family education workshops for preschool, elementary, middle, and high school communities, and we provide service agencies with the most current information and strategies on how to create more inclusive and respectful services for all families, including LGBTQ families.

Learn more about our training workshop topics and structure.


Teaching LGBT History: An Educator's Guide

Teaching LGBT History: An Educator's Guide has been developed by educational consultant Rob Darrow as part of Our Family Coalition's contributions to the CLIC Project (Content, Literacy, Inquiry, & Citizenship Project). The CLIC Project is part of the Sacramento County Office of Education's Community of Practice, a group of educators working together to support the implementation of the newly LGBT-inclusive History Social Science Framework. More about the CLIC Project at UC Davis' History Project page.

The guide, along with the additional reference material below, is meant to guide educators as they approach K-12 lesson planning using LGBT history based on the California State History Social Science Framework. For more information about this Framework and the process that led to it, see About the FAIR Education Act.

Resources and References cited in the LGBT History Educator’s Guide

Materials below have been compiled by Rob Darrow and appear, along with additional references, on his CLIC Project Resources page.

LGBT History Lesson Plans

LGBT History Cirriculum Guides and Workshop Content

LGBT History Timelines

LGBT History Primary Source Locations



  • Barker, Meg-John and Scheele. Queer: A Graphic History. London, Icon Books, 2016
  • Bronksi, Michael. Queer History of the United States. Boston: Beacon Books, 2011.
  • Linday, Randall et al. A Culturally Proficient Response to LGBT Communities: A Guide for Educators. Corwin, 2013.
  • Meyer, Elizabeth and Sansfacon, Annie Pullen. Supporting Transgender & Gender Creative Youth.Peter Lang, 2014
  • Meyer, Elizabeth J. Gender and Sexual Diversity in Schools. New York: Springer, 2010.
  • Romesburg, Don, Ed. The Routledge History of Queer America. Routledge, 2018.
  • Rupp, Leila J. and Freeman, Susan K. Eds. Understanding and Teaching: U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History. The University of Wisconsin Press, 2014.
  • Stryker, Susan. Transgender History, second edition: The Roots of Today’s Revolution. Berkeley: Seal Press, 2017.