IC Key Conceptual Underpinnings

Intersections & Connections LGBT+ inclusive United States History Curriculum

Aligned with state and national standards, integrated literacy approaches, and contextualized pedagogy


Intersections and Connections is anchored in primary source* analysis to present LGBT+ history as an integral part of the story of America and to help students make connections to the information that surrounds them in today’s world. All instructional resources are offered through a secure, password-protected portal and include interactive digital components, professional development, and ongoing peer-to-peer support for teachers. Contact us to receive an institutional pricing quote.


*Primary sources are copyright-secured and curated from digital and print collections from libraries, historical societies and university archives from across the nation, as well as the Library of Congress, National Archives, Smithsonian Museum of American History, National Park Service, and more.  


Key Conceptual Underpinnings

Contextualized pedagogy

Critical analysis of primary sources

Academic and skills-based learning outcomes

Accessibility and sustainability



Curriculum Components

Professional learning and development

Seven (7) contextualized thematic modules 

Podcasts, posters, and case studies

Educator Resource Guide

Peer-to-peer discussion forum



Professional Learning and Development 

Four (4) 3-hour live, virtual training sessions include:

Examining implicit bias and its implications in curriculum and classroom practice

Intensive analysis of History UnErased's curriculum and its contextualized pedagogy

Methods and strategies to integrate Intersections and Connections into U.S. history and social studies curriculum 

Cross-disciplinary opportunities in ELA, Fine Arts, and STEM



Contextualized Thematic Modules for Grades 8 - 12+

Each thematic module offers a teacher's guide with embedded instructional resources: essential questions, expected learning outcomes, framework alignment, background information, skills-based activities, scaffolded analysis tools, assessments with rubrics, and printer-friendly grayscale student handouts.

Module One is an exploration of the social and economic structures of both the Indigenous population and the English colonists. Theme: Gender / Social Studies Domain: Economics / 8+

Module Two is an exploration of the use and effectiveness of nonviolent and nonverbal protest, the evolving interpretation of protected classes, and the process and rationale for a court case to advance through the judicial system. Theme: The Constitution and the Courts / Social Studies Domain: Civics / 8+

Module Three is an exploration of Bayard Rustin's influence on Dr. King and American civil rights and analysis of the intersecting goals of various liberation movements. Theme: Civil Rights / Social Studies Domain: History / 9+

Module Four is an exploration of pre and post-Stonewall civil rights activism and the importance of preserving national historic landmarks. Theme: Civil Rights / Social Studies Domain: History / 9+

Module Five is an investigation of how LGBT individuals serving in WWII established a movement that still impacts American society today. Theme: Civil Rights / Social Studies Domain: History / 10+

Module Six is an exploration of the First Amendment's Free Exercise Clause, Compelled Speech Doctrine, and the concept of compelling state (government) interest. Theme: The Constitution and the Courts / Social Studies Domain: Civics / 11+

Module Seven is a critical analysis of the relationship between the media and cultural perceptions of race and gender. Theme: The Constitution and the Courts / Social Studies Domain: History / 11+


Additional Resources

Plug and play podcasts produced in partnership with Making Gay History -- The Podcast with lesson plans

Digital visual history instructional posters

Case studies


Educator Resource Guide

Relevance and rationale for LGBT+ inclusive history and social studies curriculum

Methods and strategies for LGBT+ inclusive academic content

Instructional resources for contextualized pedagogy


Peer-to-peer support

Secure discussion forum housed on each individual school's portal

Provides opportunities for small learning communities and internal professional support 


Optional Add-Ons

On-site professional development

Printed Teacher's Guides, Educator Resource Guide, and student handbooks

Printed visual history instructional posters 



Meet Victor Mwangi 


"If we want a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society." -- Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin was a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, a champion for global human rights, and lead strategist for many American civil rights efforts. In 1963, Rustin was chief organizer of the historic March on Washington when 200,000 people peacefully gathered to demand racial equality and economic justice. Political attacks on Rustin's moral character and capabilities - in large part because he was openly gay - kept him in the shadows, but did not prevent Rustin from leaving a lasting impact on the world.