Into the Outside Resource: History & Activism

Engaging with LGBTQ+ history helps today’s young people find out about the lives and experiences of other young people who identified as LGBTQ+ in the past – why they protested, what their social life was like, how they fitted in, and how easy or hard it was for them coming out.

Into the Outside: resources for teachers and youth workers

As part of this project a series of education resources were developed that offer guidance, advice and ideas for professionals working with young people who want to raise awareness of and explore LGBTQ+ issues.

The activities are suitable for youth workers and teachers working in a range of settings with young people aged 13+. They can be used to support professionals running LGBTQ+ youth groups, delivery of the Citizenship or PSHE Curriculum in school, or for general youth work.

There are nine resources organised under relevant themes that draw on the first hand experience of the young people who have contributed their voices and personal artwork to our queer youth archive. Alongside this, activities also make use of the rich and engaging heritage material collected by Queer in Brighton, encouraging young people to explore LGBTQ+ history.

Each resource includes a series of high-quality, creative activities using discussion, photography and creative writing. You can find these resources on the Into the Outside website here or download an easy to print version below.

History & Activism

The late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries saw a number of key political moments for the LGBTQ community including the first Gay Pride marches, Section 28, the reduction of the age of consent, the Civil Partnership Act and the Equality Act. Engaging with LGBTQ+ history helps today’s young people find out about the lives and experiences of other young people who identified as LGBTQ+ in the past – why they protested, what their social life was like, how they fitted in, and how easy or hard it was for them coming out.

It enables young people to explore, make sense of, and value the legacy of their cultural heritage, and build awareness of LGBTQ issues such as representation and equality, creating an opportunity to engage all young people in debate, challenge perceptions, and promote acceptance and understanding.

Click on the image below to download our pack for free:

Thank you to artist Helen Cammock and writer Dean Atta for developing these resources.

For more resources, click here. 

Visit the Into the Outside website here.