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.
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 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.
The Lesbian & Gay Peace Officers Association sends a message to LGBTQ youth that it does get better. (running time 7:22 minutes)
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)
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.
Students watch the following two films: I Have Four Parents about Daniel Roy who has four parents: two moms and two dads. They're not divorced and he is not adopted. His dads are gay and moms are lesbian. The two couples had been friends for many years and then decided to have a child and co-parent. Becoming Oliver is a short film made to visually accompany the original poem "Becoming Oliver" written by a transgender teen. Both films won awards at the 2021 MY HERO International Film Festival.
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.
The Following Film The Mayor of Castro Street: The Triumphs and Tragedies of Harvey Milk Is Recommended for High School Students
As a gay rights pioneer, Harvey Milk made history being the first openly gay elected official in California and one of the first in the country. (10 min. run time)
Stories about LGBT Heroes
Sasha Fleischman is an transgender 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.
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
Art Selections that Illustrate LGBT Heroes
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.
The LGBT Pride Month lesson plan was created by MY HERO Teacher and Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.
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
Organizer created on 5/7/2019 8:29:28 AM by Laura Nietzer
Last edited 6/29/2022 10:22:26 AM by Laura Nietzer