“Military History and the LGBTQ+ Community”: A New Collection on Social History for Every Classroom

September 14, 2021

Over the summer ASHP/CML published a new collection on Social History for Every Classroom, our database of primary documents, classroom activities, and other teaching tools in U.S. history. “Military History and the LGBTQ+ Community”(https://shec.ashp.cuny.edu/exhibits/show/lgbtq-military-history) explores the multitude of ways members of the LBGTQ+ community impacted and were affected by service in the United States military. Primary sources in the collection span almost the whole of U.S. history, from an excerpted letter by Alexander Hamilton to fellow Revolutionary War soldier John Laurens, to the adoption of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy in the 1990s. The sources are supplemented by a background essay, questions for reflection, an index of terms, and recommended outside resources for educators. We thank NYU graduate student and ASHP intern Jubilee Marshall for her work developing this impressive new collection.