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Colors of Equality: Unlocking the Secrets of LGBT+ History

Enroll your child in our informative and engaging online class exploring LGBTQ+ history and rights movements for an inclusive and empowering educational experience!
year olds
learners per class


Charged upfront
$15 per class
Meets 2x per week
Over 3 weeks
75 minutes per class
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Class Experience

🌈Embark on an educational exploration of LGBTQ+ history! Engage in primary source analysis, examine diverse narratives, and deepen your understanding of the struggles, triumphs, and contributions of the LGBTQ+ community throughout history. Develop historical awareness, empathy, and advocacy skills to become informed advocates for equality and inclusion.🌈

1️⃣Historical Awareness and Appreciation: Foster a comprehensive understanding of LGBTQ+ history, including key events and figures, to instill a sense of historical awareness and appreciation in students. This knowledge will help them recognize the struggles and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community throughout different time periods.

2️⃣Empathy and Respect for Diversity: Cultivate empathy and respect for diverse perspectives by exploring the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals. Through engaging discussions and primary source analysis, students will develop a deeper understanding of the experiences of others and learn to appreciate and respect the richness of human diversity.

3️⃣Advocacy and Inclusion Skills: Empower students with the knowledge and skills to become advocates for equality and inclusion. By studying the efforts of LGBTQ+ activists, understanding contemporary issues, and exploring strategies for creating inclusive spaces, students will be equipped to contribute positively to their communities and promote acceptance and equality.

As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, I bring a unique perspective and lived experience to my role as an LGBT history educator. With a deep understanding of the struggles, triumphs, and contributions of the LGBTQ+ community, I am committed to providing students with exceptional instruction in this important subject.

My personal journey and identity as an LGBTQ+ individual fuel my passion for teaching LGBT history. I believe in the power of education to foster empathy, understanding, and acceptance. By sharing my own experiences and connecting them to the historical context, I aim to create a safe and inclusive classroom environment where students can explore and learn about the rich and diverse history of the LGBTQ+ community.

My goal is to empower students with knowledge, challenge stereotypes, and foster a sense of pride and respect for LGBTQ+ individuals and their contributions throughout history. Through engaging lessons, thoughtful discussions, and the use of primary sources, I aim to inspire students to critically analyze historical narratives and become advocates for equality and social justice.

Together, we can embark on a transformative educational journey, where students not only gain a comprehensive understanding of LGBT history but also develop the skills and empathy necessary to create a more inclusive and equitable world for all.
Throughout the course, homework assignments will provide opportunities for students to further engage with the material and apply their learning. Here are some possible homework assignments that can be tailored based on the students' interests and needs:

1. Research Projects: Students can choose a specific LGBTQ+ historical event, figure, or movement to research in depth. They will be encouraged to present their findings through written reports, presentations, or creative projects such as posters or videos.

2. Reflective Journaling: Students can keep a reflective journal to document their thoughts, insights, and personal connections made during the course. They can reflect on the impact of LGBTQ+ history on society, their own identities, and how their perspective has evolved throughout the class.

3. Current Events Analysis: Students can explore current events related to LGBTQ+ rights and representation. They will analyze news articles, opinion pieces, or online discussions and write reflections on the ongoing challenges and progress within the LGBTQ+ community.

4. Community Engagement: Encourage students to get involved in their local LGBTQ+ community. They can interview LGBTQ+ activists, attend virtual or in-person events, or volunteer with organizations working towards LGBTQ+ rights. Students can write reflections or create multimedia presentations to share their experiences.

5. Student-Driven Projects: Allow students to propose and pursue their own research or creative projects related to LGBTQ+ history. This encourages individual interests and allows them to explore topics aligned with their passions. They can present their projects to the class, fostering a collaborative and inclusive learning environment.

Flexibility will be prioritized, ensuring that assignments align with students' interests, strengths, and learning styles. As an instructor, I am open to discussing alternative assignment ideas or modifying existing assignments to accommodate the unique wants and needs of each student, fostering a personalized and engaging learning experience.
Student Supplies: To fully participate in my LGBT+ history class, you will need a few essential supplies. Please ensure that you have the following items readily available: 1. Paper: You will need paper for note-taking, completing assignments, and engaging in various activities during the class. Having a notebook or loose-leaf paper will be beneficial for organizing your thoughts, jotting down important points, and reflecting on the topics covered. 2. Pencil: A pencil is recommended for writing during the class. You can also use colored pencils for highlighting or adding visual elements to your work if desired. 3. Access to Digital Presentation Tools: In addition to traditional supplies, you will benefit from having access to digital presentation tools. This may include a computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet connectivity. We will use digital platforms to explore primary sources, engage in discussions, and collaborate on group projects. Please make sure you have the necessary software or applications installed, such as Google Slides, Microsoft PowerPoint, or similar tools. By ensuring that you have these supplies readily available, you will be well-equipped to actively participate in class discussions, complete assignments, and engage in collaborative activities. If you have any concerns or limitations regarding access to digital presentation tools, please let me know, and we will work together to find suitable alternatives. Thank you for being prepared with these supplies. I look forward to a productive and engaging LGBT+ history class experience for you.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Assessment in this course will be primarily informal, focusing on the process of learning and fostering a supportive environment. Written feedback will be provided to students after each class period, highlighting their strengths, areas for growth, and offering guidance for further exploration. The feedback will serve as a valuable tool for students to gauge their progress and engage in self-reflection.

Homework assignments will be designed to cater to student interests and foster a sense of ownership in their learning. Students will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of assignment options or propose their own projects based on their individual passions and curiosities. This flexibility allows for a more personalized learning experience, empowering students to pursue topics that resonate with them.

It is important to emphasize that the focus of this course is on learning and exploration, rather than grading or performance. The assessments and feedback provided will serve as a means to inform students about their progress, encourage their intellectual growth, and foster a deep understanding of LGBTQ+ history and its relevance to the world today.

By employing informal assessments and offering regular written feedback, students will receive individualized support and guidance, enabling them to thrive and develop a strong foundation in LGBTQ+ history while nurturing their own interests and intellectual curiosity.
2 hours 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
In our LGBTQ+ history class, I understand the importance of discussing sensitive topics with care and respect. I want to assure parents that creating a safe and inclusive environment for all students is my utmost priority.

Throughout the course, I will approach discussions about LGBTQ+ history in a factual and evidence-based manner, relying on primary sources to ensure accuracy and authenticity. While I encourage open and honest conversations, I will emphasize the importance of maintaining a respectful tone and considerate language.

I understand that discussing LGBTQ+ history can have a personal impact, particularly for parents who have LGBTQ+ children. I want to reassure you that I am committed to creating an inclusive space that values and supports all students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. I believe that understanding LGBTQ+ history helps foster empathy, respect, and a sense of belonging for everyone.

During discussions, I will provide opportunities for students to express their feelings and perspectives. However, I will ensure that these conversations remain rooted in facts and historical context. My goal is to provide an educational experience that promotes understanding, acceptance, and critical thinking.

I encourage parents to engage in ongoing conversations with their children about the class topics and to support their learning journey. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to reach out to me. I am here to address any concerns and ensure a positive and inclusive experience for all students.

Together, we can create an environment that celebrates diversity, promotes understanding, and fosters a sense of empathy for all individuals. Thank you for entrusting me with the education of your child, and I look forward to an enriching and enlightening class experience.

External Tools:

As an LGBT+ history educator, I utilize various digital resources to enhance the learning experience for students. These tools foster engagement, collaboration, and critical thinking. Here's how I will use the following digital resources:

1. Kahoot: Kahoot is an interactive game-based learning platform that adds an element of fun and excitement to the classroom. I may use Kahoot to create quizzes or review activities related to LGBT+ history. Students can actively participate, compete, and test their knowledge in a gamified setting. Kahoot encourages active engagement and helps reinforce key concepts and historical facts.

2. Quizlet: Quizlet is an online study tool that allows students to create and access flashcards, quizzes, and other study materials. I may use Quizlet to compile vocabulary lists, key dates, important figures, and events related to LGBT+ history. Students can review these study materials independently, collaborate with peers, and reinforce their understanding of the topics covered in class.

3. Google Drive: Google Drive is a cloud-based platform that facilitates collaboration, organization, and document sharing. I may use Google Drive as a central hub for storing and distributing class materials, including readings, handouts, and assignments related to LGBT+ history. It provides a convenient and accessible way for students to access resources, collaborate on group projects, and submit their work electronically.

It is important to note that all digital resources used in the class will be carefully selected to align with educational objectives and maintain a safe learning environment. I prioritize privacy and ensure that any student interactions within these platforms are conducted responsibly and respectfully.

As an educator, I am committed to monitoring and supervising the use of these digital resources to ensure their appropriateness and educational value. If you have any concerns or questions about the use of these platforms or their impact on your child's learning experience, please do not hesitate to reach out. I am here to address any concerns and provide further guidance.

By incorporating these digital resources, I aim to create an engaging and inclusive learning environment where students can actively participate, collaborate, and deepen their understanding of LGBT+ history. I appreciate your support and partnership in fostering a positive and enriching educational journey for your child.
In our LGBTQ+ history class, we will leverage specific websites and resources to access primary sources that enrich student learning. Here are some examples of the websites we will utilize and the resources they offer:

1. The Digital Transgender Archive ( This online archive provides access to a wide range of primary sources related to transgender history. Students can explore digitized photographs, letters, publications, and personal narratives to gain insights into the experiences and activism of transgender individuals.

2. The ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives ( This website hosts a collection of LGBTQ+ historical materials, including photographs, oral histories, and manuscripts. Students can delve into the digital archives to examine primary sources that highlight significant events, figures, and movements within the LGBTQ+ community.

3. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History LGBTQ+ Collection ( The Smithsonian's website offers an extensive collection of artifacts, documents, and multimedia resources related to LGBTQ+ history. Students can explore virtual exhibits and digital archives to analyze primary sources that provide a rich understanding of LGBTQ+ experiences in American history.

4. The LGBTQ Religious Archives Network ( This website focuses on the intersection of LGBTQ+ identity and religion. It offers primary sources such as sermons, letters, and archival materials that shed light on the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals within religious contexts. Students can analyze these sources to explore the complexities of LGBTQ+ identities and spirituality.

5. The British Library LGBTQ Histories ( The British Library provides an online platform that showcases LGBTQ+ historical materials, including manuscripts, images, and recordings. Students can access primary sources to study key moments, figures, and movements in LGBTQ+ history within the UK and beyond.

These websites, among others, will serve as valuable resources for our class, enabling students to engage with primary sources and develop a comprehensive understanding of LGBTQ+ history. By utilizing these specific platforms, students will have access to a wealth of authentic materials that deepen their knowledge and foster critical thinking skills.


Adam Fletcher- BA, MEd
Lives in the United States
Tech Savvy History Teacher- Licensed VA Teacher, BA in History, MEd in Educational Leadership

About Me

Hello Everyone, 

My name is Adam Fletcher and I am a current middle school social studies teacher. I have come to Outschool to share my passions on topics of history, social studies, and presentation and organizational skills. 

My goal is to... 
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