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ERIC Number: ED459127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 119
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-9675334-2-2
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights: A Human Rights Perspective. Human Rights Education Series, Topic Book.
Donahue, David M.
This curriculum is intended to further thoughtful examination and responsible action among high school students about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. Unlike other curricula this discussion is not in the context of civil or political rights but in the broader context of human rights. These rights, as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, include, among others, the right to education, identity, security, assembly, expression, employment, health, and family--all relevant to the current discussion of LGBT rights. The activities in the curriculum promote appropriate action in addition to reflection and discussion. Students are asked to take responsibility for the homophobia that causes human rights abuses. The curriculum aims to prepare students for responding in meaningful ways to such abuses. It is divided into the following parts: "Part 1: Introduction"; "Part 2: Activities" contains: (1) "Words Really Matter: Examining Language at School"; (2) "Are Gay Rights Special? What Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Say?"; (3) "What If Things Were Different: Charting the Effects of Change"; (4) "Is It a Crime To Be Gay? Debating Tolerance in a New Democracy"; (5) "What Must Be Done To Achieve Equality? Evaluating Different Approaches"; (6) "I Now Pronounce You...Same-Sex Marriage Legislation"; (7) "Youth Dealing with Homophobia: Stories from Real Life"; (8) "Rights Abuses around the World: What Can We Do?"; and (9) "Taking the Human Rights Temperatures of Your School"; and "Part 3: Appendices" contains: "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights" and "Resources." (Contains a resource list of 30 books, 12 videos, and 11 Web sites.) (BT)
Human Rights Resource Center, University of Minnesota, 229 19th Avenue South, Room 439, Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($19.95). Tel: 888-HREDUC8 (Toll Free); Fax: 612-625-2011; e-mail: For full text:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Human Rights Resource Center.; Amnesty International USA, New York, NY.; Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Universal Declaration of Human Rights