"We Are Badly in Need of a Breath of Fresh Air": A Letter to President Kennedy About LGBTQ+ Rights

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The 1960s were a pivotal time for many Americans who had long been discriminated against. Scholars read a document addressed to President Kennedy in support of LGBTQ+ rights and why they are essential. The activity includes group discussion and a worksheet to help pupils understand the federal government's policies toward members of the LGBTQ+ community during the time period. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Compare the LGBTQ+ movement and the civil rights movement 
  • Guide a group discussion on why the LGBTQ+ movement was slow to gain support from the federal government 
Classroom Considerations
  • Activity requires Internet access
  • Primary document contains words many consider offensive
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Activity handles a sensitive subject in a respectful manner
  • Promotes support of the LGBTQ+ community
Cons
  • None