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Stonewall Today: A Toolkit for LGBTQ Debates

These resources will help your community explore themes from the Newseum's "Rise Up" exhibit and tackle tough debates on religious freedom, civil rights and the role of the media in our society.

You're exploring LGBTQ and religious freedom issues

Bring 'Rise Up' Into Your Community

  • Lesson Plan

    'Rise Up' Exhibit Guide

    Look back: Return to 1969 through the Newseum exhibit "Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement" to learn how press coverage of the uprising shaped public understanding of the LGBTQ community.  

  • Critical Debate

    2014: Westboro Baptist Church

    Discuss: What would you do if a fringe group planned to hold a protest on sexual immorality near your school campus? 

  • Critical Debate

    2015: Religion in the Workplace

    Discuss: Can a county clerk refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if it goes against her religious beliefs?

  • Critical Debate

    2018: Sharing a Shaky Claim

    Discuss: Today, hoaxes and false claims circulate online every day, and many worry about the ongoing influence of “fake news.” Imagine you see a speculative HIV/AIDS story online. How should you respond?

  • News

    Can Social Media Be 'Fixed'?

    Connect: It’s shocking how little we know about the algorithms, content moderation practices and internal policies that control what information we receive and how we communicate with one another. Should the government intervene?

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