U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
Edited by Leila J. Rupp and Susan K. Freeman
University of Wisconsin Press. 383 pages, $29.95
The times, they have a-changed. In 2009, the California state legislature passed SB48, the FAIR (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Responsible) Education Act, mandating the inclusion of LGBT history and culture into high school curricula. But, in this era of testing, testing, and more testing, how do teachers incorporate queer content into their courses—and what exactly should they be teaching to teenagers?
Editors Leila J. Rupp and Susan K. Freeman have facilitated that discussion with their comprehensive anthology, U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History. The book features more than 25 essays by teachers and professors about strategies they have used in the classroom and about some of the difficulties that inevitably accompany such subject matter.