Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans For Your Gay Straight Alliance, Diversity Club, Or Other School Group!

Does your club or organization need help coming up with activities, preparing discussions, and planning community actions that promote LGBT awareness? Let Live Out Loud help!

Whether your group is student led or facilitated by an adult sponsor, everyone gets busy. You may not have time to plan your next meeting or simply “run dry” of topics and activities for your next meeting. Check out the lesson plans below and let Live Out Loud help you plan!

Getting your Gay-Straight Alliance club up and running at the start of the school year can be difficult. This is where Live Out Loud’s GSA Road Map resources can help! This document is full of tips and strategies to help you run an active and successful club this school year.

Click here to download Live Out Loud’s GSA Road Map

Live Out Loud’s latest set of lesson plans bring the stories of real LGBTQ role models into your GSA to educate students about gender identity, body image issues, overcoming isolation, and more. Each program includes discussion topics, activities, and take away actions to help turn your GSA members into activists.

Click here to download Live Out Loud’s 2013-2014 Lesson Plans.

This set of lesson plans explore issues ranging from using the arts as activism to building coalitions for implementing change. Each lesson includes discussion starters, learning activities, and group actions.

Click here to download Live Out Loud’s 2012-2013 Lesson Plans.

During June, LGBT people across the country will celebrate PRIDE! Live Out Loud wants to help lead your group in discussions about the importance of PRIDE. We’ve developed a series of discussion guides and group actions that will help your LGBT and allied youth celebrate PRIDE!
Click here to access our PRIDE Month discussion guides and group actions.

Live Out Loud is passionate about connecting LGBT youth with positive role models. Our Lance Black’s Homecoming Project video brings this Academy Award® winner to your school to encourage LGBT youth with a powerful message of hope. Use Lance’s Homecoming Project video in conjunction with these lesson plans to get your students talking about what it’s like to be a sexual minority, why it’s important to both find and be a role model, and what myths exist within the LGBT community.

Click here to download the Homecoming Project lesson plans

Every February, the New York City Department of Education organizes “Respect for All” week, an initiative that helps students respect their peers of different races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations. Live Out Loud has developed these activities, actions, and discussion guides to help your group promote respect for the LGBT community.

Click here to download Respect for All Week activities, actions, and discussion guides

These quick and easy activities are a great way to “break the ice” and get your students talking about the issues that affect the LGBT community! Check this page often. New activities are added regularly!

Click here to access the Live Out Loud activity bank

These “Grassroots GSA” activities will help students start their own gay straight alliances outside of school. Any time a two or more LGBTQ and allied youth come together it can be considered a GSA. We want these youth to have the help they need to jumpstart their own GSA!
Click here to check out our “Grassroots GSA” ideas

As a celebration of Harvey Milk’s birthday, we’ve designed these resources to help students learn about the life of Harvey Milk and gain inspiration through examples of his activism. These discussion guides and actions highlight the ways Milk shaped the gay rights movement in the US. We hope that the youth of today will be inspired to continue Milk’s legacy of social justice work in their communities and schools through learning about Harvey Milk’s life!
Click here to access our Harvey Milk discussion guides and actions.

This fully developed curriculum will help your students explore why it’s important for LGBTQ youth and their allies to be visible in their school and community. These seven lessons explore issues ranging from developing a positive identity to building coalitions for implementing change. Each lesson includes discussion starters, learning activities, and group actions. Click here to download lessons from the 2011-2012 curriculum!