Say Gay: Confronting Anti-LGBTQ State Censorship in Education, Libraries, and Public History Part 1: Say Gay: Policies and Practices to Support K–12 LGBTQ History Education

Solicited by the OAH Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Historians and Histories and the OAH Committee on Academic Freedom Endorsed by the OAH Graduate Student Committee and OAH Committee on Teaching

Saturday, April 1, 2023, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Education; LGBTQ History and Queer Studies; Public History and Memory; Teaching and Pedagogy

Abstract

The current wave of “Don’t Say Gay” and anti-transgender laws seek to censor teaching, accessing, and experiencing LGBTQ+ history in schools, libraries, and public history. On this special double roundtable session, scholars, educators, policy advocates, and legal activists speak to how this crisis has its own past, the ways LGBTQ-inclusive histories are being made accessible, and what’s being done to fight those who use the power of the state to silence and marginalize such histories.

Session Participants

Chair: Evelyn A. Schlatter, Colorado State Public Defenders
Investigator, Colorado State Public Defenders and OAH Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Historians and Histories Co-Chair

Panelist: Brian Carlin, New York City Department of Education
Social Studies Department, New York City Department of Education

Panelist: Debra Fowler, History UnErased
Executive Director, History UnErased

Panelist: Rick Oculto, Our Family Coalition
Education Manager, Our Family Coalition

Panelist: Don Romesburg, Sonoma State University
Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Sonoma State University

Panelist: Joe Schmidt
Social Studies Department, New York City Department of Education