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LGBTQ+ Themed Virtual Field Trips: Middle School

Live Virtual Field Trips for Middle School Classes

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, The Paley Center for Media, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, and New-York Historical Society are excited to offer the following free live virtual field trips for students in grades 6 through 8. Register now at the links below!

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Impacts of Inclusion: A Discussion of Military Policies

Who serves in the military? Whose stories do we hear? During the 31 years the Intrepid was in service from 1943-1974, Navy policies often echoed cultural shifts within the United States, impacting the diversity of the ship's crew. After the Intrepid’s end of service, Navy policy changes continued, not only centered on BIPOC and women, but LGBTQ+ service members. Developed with SAGEVets, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will lead students through an investigation of why certain stories may be missing in history and the policies that affected the inclusion of people of all backgrounds in the armed forces. Using the Intrepid's archival collection and oral history clips of veterans, students will explore Navy changes in policy during Intrepid’s time of service and compare the experience of Intrepid sailors to LGBTQ+ veterans who served under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

  • Register by emailing ghall@intrepidmuseum.org. Include the name of this LGBTQ+ live virtual field trip, your name, school name and address, grade, number of students participating, and 2-3 dates and times that work best for your class.
  • Pre- and post-trip lessons

New-York Historical Society

LGBTQ+ Expression Throughout History (FULLY BOOKED)

How have members of the LGBTQ+ community expressed their identity throughout history? During this live virtual field trip with the New-York Historical Society, students will explore the concepts of identity and expression through a variety of primary and secondary sources including images and memorabilia from LGBTQ+ nightlife and clubs, ephemera from mutual aid organizations such as STAR and the Gay Liberation Front, pride buttons, materials from the fight for marriage equality, and oral histories of queer elders.

  • Register by emailing schoolprograms@nyhistory.org. Include the name of the LGBTQ+ live virtual field trip you want to schedule, your name, school name and address, grade, number of students participating, and 2-3 dates and times that work best for your class.
  • Pre-trip lesson and outline
  • Post-trip lesson and outline

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Persecution of Gay Men in Nazi Germany (FULLY BOOKED)

This live virtual field trip with the Museum of Jewish Heritage will introduce students to the history of Nazi persecution of various groups, including gay men. Students will explore artifacts from the Museum’s collection and beyond that illustrate the ways in which the Nazis isolated, dehumanized, and ultimately imprisoned gay men in concentration camps. Using the Nazi era as a case study, students will consider some of the ways individuals become labeled in a society, how labeling affects individuals and groups, and the individual responses of those who experienced persecution.

The Paley Center for Media

Challenging Assumptions and Stereotypes Through Media Literacy (FULLY BOOKED)

This live virtual field trip with The Paley Center for Media will focus on building students' media literacy connected to LGBTQ+ representation. Mainstream society has, historically, had an intolerant view of the LGBTQ+ community; acceptance and understanding is an arduous, ongoing process. Media portrayals have both perpetuated stereotypes and pushed barriers. Through guided viewing and discussion, students will critically engage with examples of LGBTQ+ representation in media to explore the impact of positive and negative portrayals.

  • (Waitlist Spots Only!) Register by emailing eduny@paleycenter.org. Include the name of the LGBTQ+ live virtual field trip you want to schedule, your name, school name and address, grade, number of students participating, and 2-3 dates and times that work best for your class.
  • Pre- and post-trip lessons