Summer activities: Celebrate Pride with Britannica School

Summer activities: Celebrate Pride with Britannica School

The following activities are created with classrooms of all levels in mind and work best when paired with Britannica School. Contact your library staff to see if your institution already has access or claim your own Britannica School Free Trial.

Which president repealed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in 2011? Who was Harvey Milk and what were his contributions to the gay rights movement? What events are typical of Pride celebrations?  Find the answers to these questions and more with these Britannica School activities!​

The gay rights movement is a civil rights movement that advocates equal rights for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. (The initials are also often rendered as LGBTQ, with the “Q” standing for “queer” or “questioning.”) The movement calls for an end to discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing, public accommodations, and other areas of life.

The modern era of the gay rights movement in the United States began in the 1960s. On June 28, 1969, the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. The police arrested and harassed the bar’s employees and some of its customers. That set off a riot among people outside the bar. Nearly 400 people joined the riot, which lasted 45 minutes and resumed on succeeding nights. Many historians view the uprising as a spontaneous protest against the perpetual harassment and discrimination suffered by the LGBT community in the 1960s.

The Stonewall riots sparked greater political activism. Many people began to work for equal rights for the LGBT community. On the first anniversary of the riots, several hundred demonstrators marched past the Stonewall Inn. Many people consider that to have been the first Gay Pride march. Today, Gay Pride is observed in U.S. cities each year in June with parades and other celebrations.

Several other countries also celebrate Gay Pride, although not always in June. At first, Pride demonstrations focused only on participants being proud to declare their identity. Members of the LGBT community later began to use the events to call for equal rights. Click through the links below to learn more about the gay rights movement’s history and sample Britannica’s coverage of the people, ideas, and accomplishments we honor this month.

Britannica School Resource Packs

Don’t know where to start? We’ve created resource packs to help—articles, images, videos, and more.



Dive in! Dig deeper with the following activity and video:

TRY: This School Welcomes You

Teaching Tolerance‘s best practices guide to creating an LGBT-inclusive school climate.

WATCH: Barack Obama repeals “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Click to watch U.S. President Barack Obama speak before signing into law the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on December 22, 2010.

Now what? Make it stick with these activities:

Strategy Card: Make It Stick!

Graphic Organizer: Vocabulary Word Chart

Extra! Extra!

Stay in touch over Summer Break! We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Using Britannica in your classrooms and/or libraries? Use #blearn to share your digital learning experiences with us!

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