We have reached out to BrainPOP and even asked for a meeting, but the company has made it clear that they have no plans to publish a stand-alone video on LGBT history and civil rights. The company may however revise a portion of their current video on Civil Rights we were told in an email:
I also revisited the question of whether we missed opportunities to mention this and other important movements. I have asked the team to start the process of revising the Civil Rights movie to better highlight the connection between the historical movement of the 1960s and the activism it inspired in subsequent generations. This will naturally include the LGBT Rights movement.
So why not an video on LGBT history and civil rights? Well, BrainPOP’s primary reasoning is that LGBT history and civil rights do not appear in the state standards.
I doubled-checked with our standards provider, and it seems that at present only four states, including New York, have specific standards around LGBT rights. Every one of those standards is at the high school level. While there are high school classrooms that use BrainPOP, we do not create topics that are applicable only to those grades.
We weren’t convinced. We saw so many other videos on BrainPOP that we couldn’t imagine were mentioned in the state standards. Our teacher reviewed the social studies standards in all 50 states and not only found that LGBT history and civil rights were explicitly mentioned in both New York and California’s standards for 3rd-8th grade, but also found overwhelming support for studying movements that have preserved and expanded rights. Click on the link below to read his review!