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Gay & Lesbian History for Kids
Gay & Lesbian History for Kids

Gay & Lesbian History for Kids

The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights, with 21 Activities

For Kids series


192 Pages, 11 x 8.5

Formats: PDF, Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $18.99 (US $18.99) (CA $25.99)

Publication Date: October 2015

ISBN 9781613730829

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Oct 2015)


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Part of the popular For Kids series, this book puts the historic struggle for LGBT equality into perspective
Given today’s news, it would be easy to get the impression that the campaign for LGBT equality is a recent development, but it is only the final act in a struggle that started more than a century ago. This timely resource helps put recent events into context for kids ages nine and up. After a brief history up to 1900, each chapter discusses an era in the struggle for LGBT civil rights from the 1920s to today. The history is told through personal stories and firsthand accounts of the movement’s key events like the 1950s “Lavender Scare,” the Stonewall Inn uprising, and the AIDS crisis. Readers will learn about civil rights mavericks, like Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, founder of the first gay rights organization; Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, who turned the Daughters of Bilitis from a lesbian social club into a powerhouse for LGBT freedom; and Harvey Milk, the first out candidate to win a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Also chronicled are the historic contributions of famous LGBT individuals, and 21 activities enliven the history. Kids can write a free verse poem like Walt Whitman, learn the Madison line dance, design an AIDS quilt panel, and write a song parody to learn about the spirited ways in which the LGBT community has pushed for positive social change.


“This is an important book that puts the present day gains of the LGBT movement into perspective for today’s youth. Interesting, informative, and full of wonderful archival photographs, I applaud Jerome Pohlen for this significant contribution to LGBT literature for young readers. This is a wonderful book.” —Lesléa Newman, author, Heather Has Two Mommies and October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard

“[L]ively and engaging prose… informative and appealingly told.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[T]his is an important resource that belongs in every collection.” —Booklist

“This vital and inclusive history fleshes out the LGBTQ education readers have long been denied, bringing it to light and giving it the attention it deserves… A necessary purchase for collections that serve middle grade and teenage patrons.” —School Library Journal

“[E]veryone could use this kind of education.” —POZ

“My hope is that this book finds its way into the hands of as many children as possible in the coming years, and adults should take a look too!” —Hotspots Magazine

“A fantastic resource that should be on the shelves of every school and public library.” —Teen Librarian Toolbox

Author Biography

Jerome Pohlen is a former elementary school science teacher, an engineer, an editor, and the author of Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids. He lives in Chicago.