Classroom-Ready PD: LGBTQ American History, led by Chelsea Del Rio, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

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This module is part of our Classroom-Ready PD series, which has been designed to provide teachers with ready-made, classroom-friendly resources on topics in American history that are front-and-center in current events. This module, which is based on a live session in our How Did We Get Here? series conducted on Zoom, features a lecture on key events in LGBTQ American history since 1945 by Professor Chelsea Del Rio (LaGuardia Community College, CUNY) and expert advice for teaching the topic led by Gilder Lehrman Master Teacher Kory Loyola.


  • A lecture by Chelsea Del Rio
  • A pedagogy session with Master Teacher Kory Loyola
  • A certificate of completion for two hours of professional development

Visit this page to learn more about our How Did We Get Here? and Classroom-Ready PD series.

Questions? Email education@gilderlehrman.org.


Chelsea Del Rio is an associate professor of history at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. Dr. Del Rio serves as the history coordinator and faculty liaison to the Women’s Center and LGBTQIA Safe Zone Hub, teaches in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Option, and coordinates the LGBTQIA faculty and staff group Lavender LaGuardia. As of 2022, she is preparing a manuscript on the history of lesbian feminism as a distinct social movement, focusing on the California activists who shaped the national network of lesbian separatist politics and culture from the 1950s through the 1980s.