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Students are learning to:
- use and interpret a range of historical sources presented in the form of an online exhibition
- understand the evolution of social reform
- compare civil rights movements from the past with recent campaigns
Students will be successful when they can:
- process and synthesise information from a range of sources
- explain the reasons for campaigning for LGBTIQ+ rights
Background information for teachers and students
Before the 1970s same-sex relationships were taboo in most Western societies. The 1960s ushered in an era of change. Civil rights movements around the world created opportunities to reform society. The 1969 Stonewall riots in New York triggered the rise of gay rights movements internationally and Australians soon took up the fight. Sydney quickly became a hub of activism.
‘Coming out’ — openly admitting same-sex orientation at the risk of rejection, discrimination, abuse or even death — became a brave political strategy, challenging the sexually conservative attitudes of Australian society.
This exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the emergence of the gay and lesbian rights movement in Australia. Although the struggle for equality is not over, sexual diversity is widely acknowledged in Australia today and celebrated through annual pride festivals like the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Many of the rights we take for granted are the direct result of the personal sacrifices and hard-fought activism of the 70s.
NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum History K–10
- HT 5–3 explains and analyses the motives and actions of past individuals and groups in the historical contexts that shaped the modern world and Australia
- HT 5–6 uses relevant evidence from sources to support historical narratives, explanations and analyses of the modern world and Australia
- HT 5–8 selects and analyses a range of historical sources to locate information relevant to an historical inquiry
- HT 5–10 selects and uses appropriate oral, written, visual and digital forms to communicate effectively about the past for different audiences
The continuing nature of efforts to secure civil rights and freedoms in Australia and throughout the world, such as the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (ACDSEH143)
- identify different methods used globally to attain civil rights and freedoms
- evaluate the methods and effectiveness of ONE campaign for civil rights and freedoms in Australia or another country
- read and understand historical texts
- sequence historical events to demonstrate the relationship between different periods, people and places
- interpret history through the actions, values, attitudes and motives of people in the context of the past
- ask and evaluate different kinds of questions about the past to inform an historical inquiry
- identify, locate, select and organise information from a variety of sources, using ICT and other methods
Students demonstrate understanding of:
- Reasons for change and continuity in a particular historical context, eg rights and freedoms of groups in Australian society
- Critical and creative thinking
- Ethical understanding
- Civics and citizenship