LGBT Pride Month:Lesson Plan for Teachers and Homeschooling

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is celebrated each year in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall uprising in Greenwich Village. The purpose of LGBT Pride Month is to recognize the impact LGBT individuals have had on history locally, national and globally. 

Credit: Levi Saunders [Public Domain] via Unsplash, modified

The following three films are appropriate for middle and high school students.

MY HERO recommends watching Janet Miller, a film about a teacher at Hoover Middle School who wanted to create a safe learning environment for all students regardless of their sexuality.

After watching the movie, students discuss the benefits of a Gay Straight Alliance and what they can do to ensure their school is accepting and supportive of all members of their community. Share your story with MY HERO.

Janet Miller

Producer: The Working Group

Janet Miller leads her students to stand up for their LGBT peers. (running time 6:48 minutes)

Students watch a film featuring lesbian and gay police officers encouraging LGBT students and Love has No Labels, a short film addressing prejudice and bias about love. Students then consider the discussion questions.

Austin Police Department & LGPOA: It Gets Better

Producer: Steven McCormick/Shawn Northcutt

The Lesbian & Gay Peace Officers Association sends a message to LGBTQ youth that it does get better. (running time 7:22 minutes)

Love Has No Labels

Producer: Prod. The Ad Council / Dir. R/GA

The Love Has No Labels campaign challenges us to open our eyes to our bias and prejudice and work to stop it in ourselves, others and institutions. (running time 3:19 minutes)

Discussion Questions

1. Why was it important for the Austin Police Department to create the film It Gets Better? How can this film offer hope to members of your community?

2. Do you know any activists or organizations who are working to protect and advance LGBT equality? How can you support these heroes? Share their story with MY HERO. 

In 1978, Harvey Milk was one of the first gay public officials in San Fransisco. His dream was for a better tomorrow filled with hope for equality and a world without hate. It is recommended students read the essay and research Harvey Milk. Discuss how he was influential as an early LGBT activist. Do you know anyone in your community who is a LGBT activist? Consider sharing that story with MY HERO.

Harvey Milk by Marilyn Huerta from California

By: Marilyn Huerta

Harvey Milk was an American politician and first openly gay elected official in California who advocated for gay rights

Harvey Milk

By: Jordan from San Diego

Story written by a student from San Diego.

Stories about LGBT Heroes

Danica Roem

By: Kathryn Atwood
Danica Roem is the first transgender elected official in the state of Virginia.

Freddie Mercury

By: Camellia from San Diego

Freddie Mercury was the memorable lead singer of the band, Queen.

Helen Zia

By: Hannah from San Diego
Helen Zia is an Asian American journalist, scholar and activist for human rights.

Sasha Fleischman

By: Brian
Sasha Fleischman is an agender youth in Oakland, California, who was attacked by a stranger on the bus, which sparked a movement of support for Fleischman and others in the local LGBTQ+ community.

Click on the Listen and Read Along icon in the story about Alan Turing so you can hear the audio as you read.

Listen and Read Along icon

Alan Turing

By: Edward Ortiz
Alan Turing was a brilliant British scientist and mathematician who laid the theoretical groundwork for the first computer.

Discussion Questions and Activities About 

1. Individually, students use a Graphic Organizer to compare how  two of these heroes are alike, and how are they different. Students can engage in small group discussions comparing these heroes or write a compare/contrast essay. 

2. Where did these heroes find their unique strengths to stay true to themselves? 

3. Discuss how the way society deals with LGBT issues has changed? 

Films honoring LGBTQ+ Heroes and History

Top 10 Important LGBTQ Movements In US History

Produced by:Jaimie Roussos
In honor of Pride month, this film looks at at the most important LGBTQ milestones in US History.


Caroline Callender & Silver Liftin
Each day, different people experience and view the world through entirely different lenses, based on those identities. Often, we forget that this is the case.

The Toothmans

Hansen Bursic
Deb and Jim Toothman and their transgender daughter Cooper Toothman, talk about their struggles with acceptance both within their family and in the community.

Art Selections that Illustrate LGBT Heroes

Gay Activists depicted by EB protest to change our world for the better

By: EB

Marsha P. Johnson

By: Robin Venter
Marsha P. Johnson was an American gay liberation activist/advocate for gay rights. Johnson was one of the prominent figures in the Stonewall uprising of 1969

Inspiration by Alex is dedicated her two courageous moms

By: Alex Hunt


Learning Outcomes

Students will learn about the origins of the LGBT movement and evaluate prejudices that existed and exist today towards LGBT individuals. Students will determine ways to continue to make their school and community accepting and supportive of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation. Students are encouraged to identify individuals in their community making a positive impact in the LGBT movement.



Laura Nietzer

The LGBT Pride Month  lesson plan was created by MY HERO Teacher and Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.

Teachers: Visit MY HERO for additional multimedia curated resources:

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PBS: LGBT Pride Month Resources
Credit: PBS
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) Library of Congress Resources
Credit: Library of Congress

Learn about a New Hero Every Day of the Year: Use the MY HERO Calendar in the Classroom

Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program

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Last edited 4/13/2021 3:20:40 PM by Laura Nietzer