2SLGBTQIA+ Stories was first developed and piloted by The ArQuives in 2021 to support educators in incorporating queer and trans perspectives into Grade 9-12 English and History curricula. After receiving feedback from teachers who used this resource, we have added additional content on community-building and resistance in BIPOC and disabled queer and trans communities. 

We encourage teachers using this unit plan to also refer to its companion resource, Become 2SLGBTQIA+ Literate. We understand that many teachers feel unsure about including 2SLGBTQIA+ topics in their lesson plans because they don’t think they know enough about queerness and transness and are worried will do the work “wrong.” Others aren’t sure how to address negative responses from colleagues, parents/caregivers, or community members. Become 2SLGBTQIA+ Literate is meant to help you feel more prepared to teach on 2SLGBTQIA+ topics.

If you use this resource, please consider providing us with feedback.

Curriculum Consultants: Ian Duncan, Robert DuRocher, Andrew Burrows, & Walter Cassidy

Graphic Design: Ryan White, R.G.D.

This project was generously supported with funding from Martha LA McCain. 


Overview of the Guide

This collection of three 75-minute lessons and (optional) expansion activities can be used in both English and History classrooms. The expansion activities are optional and are meant to give you more flexibility. Feel free to adapt any of these lessons to fit the structure of your classes. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn about key historical 2SLGBTQIA+ events in a Canadian context
  • Think about language in relation to 2SLGBTQIA+ identities
  • Analyze how people can experience multiple forms of oppression (intersectionality)
  • Learn about 2SLGBTQIA+ activists
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