The History of Pride

The History of PRIDE!

There are two videos to choose from to learn about PRIDE! The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!

There are also two other videos. The first one explains more about what the letters LGBT mean. The other is a video about a girl who is bullied because of her sexuality (who she is attracted to).

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to test your understanding by taking the quiz!

High school students or any student who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with one of the advanced learning projects located at the end of this learning block!

Pride Explained For Kids

History of Pride

This 2017 video was made when Donald Trump was President of the USA. Many LGBTQ+ people felt angry about the beliefs this President held about them and how this affected them politically.

Want to Learn More?

Learn more about the history of Pride and the LGBTQI+ individuals who have made history.

Now choose an Activity

Make Your Own Rainbow Flag

Why not make your own rainbow flag to wave and show your support for LGBTQ+ people?

Materials:

  • A drinking straw
  • Glue
  • Scissors/guillotine
  • Coloured paper in all the colours of the Pride rainbow – Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Green & Violet OR white paper and coloured pens in all the colours of the Pride rainbow

Design Your OWN Pride Flag

Imagine the rainbow hadn’t become the symbol of Pride and YOU were asked to design the flag. What colours, shapes, designs or even words would you use to represent Pride month? Check out the video in Activity One to see how to create the basic flag shape and then customise it using anything design you like!

Materials:

  • Drinking straw
  • Paper/pens/fabric/paints/chalks/crayons/tissue paper/ribbon – whatever you choose to use. Get creative!
  • Glue

Create a Rainbow!

Materials:

  • Kitchen Roll/Paper Towel
  • 2 glasses of water
  • Felt tip pens in rainbow colours

Keep watching after you’ve made your own rainbow for lots more rainbow-inspired science and craft ideas!

 

 

Bystander or Ally Project

Pride is all about LGBTQ+ people coming together to:

  • Remember their history
  • Be proud of who they are and who they love
  • Stand together against inequality and hatred
  • Celebrate difference and spread kindness, love and respect for others

But Pride isn’t just about LGBTQ+ people, it is also about their ALLIES. Watch the video below about ways you can learn to be an ally to LGBTQ+ people, friends or relatives.

Now imagine you hear each of these situations and choose one of the four ways to respond.

(Remember to write this down or make a video/voice recording if you’d like to include it in your portfolio.)

  • A friend of yours tells someone that she ‘looks like a lesbian’
  • A kid you don’t know asks another kid if they’re a boy or a girl
  • A girl you don’t know asks your friend who has two mums which is her ‘real’ mum
  • A group of children your age describe things that they don’t like as ‘gay’
  • Someone you don’t know teases and taunts a boy for wearing a pink t shirt and nail polish

Now write down which of the following you would choose to do in each situation and why.

  • Ignore the situation and walk away
  • Intervene myself
  • Talk privately to the person speaking
  • Seek help from an adult or someone older

Being an ally doesn’t mean putting yourself in danger but it also doesn’t mean being a bystander who takes no action. Think about the safest way to help and then act!

If you’d like to discuss this with other people, you could attend the Omnis LGBTQ+ classroom and take it there!

If you’d like to be an ally to LGBTQ+ people why not make an ally flag to show your support? Check out the image below.

 

Books About Pride

Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library. 

Prides Read Alouds

Advanced Project 1

Watch the videos about Harvey Milk. (You may also enjoy the Read Aloud Video of the book ‘Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk And The Rainbow Flag’ which is aimed at younger children but gives you a good and easy overview of Harvey Milk’s achievements).

Harvey Milk fought hard for LGBTQ+ people’s rights and freedoms and as part of his political work realised that the LGBTQ+ community needed a symbol of pride to rally behind. He asked an openly gay artist and drag queen, Gilbert Baker, to create this symbol – and so the Rainbow Flag was born!

Create A Biography of Harvey Milk

You could write it, draw it, make it in a comic book style with some words and some pictures, create a timeline or  make a video telling his story.

Here are a few facts about his life to start you off:

  • Full Name: Harvey Bernard Milk
  • Born: 22nd May, 1930 – New York
  • Died: 27th November, 1978 – San Francisco
  • Early Life: Harvey Milk liked sports and opera and was the class clown at school!
  • One of the first openly gay public officials in the USA

Remember to add your biography – however you created it – to your portfolio!

Advanced Project 2

Heterosexuality and Homosexuality are the two most commonly known sexual orientations. Here’s 8 more that you might not have known.

When you’ve watched the video create flags of all the different sexualities in whatever materials you like:

You could make beaded bracelets in the colour of each flag or make flags out of hama beads, fimo or clay. You could make a paper bunting of each of the flags, sew each flag out of the right colour fabric or facepaint them onto yourself or a friend. Get creative!

Remember to take photos of your creations for your portfolio.

You may also want to look up what the designer of the original Pride Rainbow Flag, Gilbert Baker, denoted each of the colours to mean!

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