Posts tagged lgbtq
Posts tagged lgbtq
a bunch of moms are making letters+audio recordings of affirming, validating letters to queer/trans* people who don’t get that kind of support from their moms
i would say more about it but
im kind of busy in this puddle of tears on the floor so
Sometimes the family you make is the family that carries you through. This is wonderful.
And if anyone following this blog needs family for support, you have me and mine.
Shouldn’t this conversation be an integral part of sex-ed? Yeah I think so… Stop being so scared of your own students teachers!
Things have come a long way in some places; I know that when I was in high school health class (that was only about 8 years ago) our health teacher told us that our school district prohibited him from talking about homosexuality. Needless to say, it made for a slightly uncomfortable semester for me when we actually got to the sex ed. And this wasn’t where you’d think; this was downstate NY.
Beyond this being really cool, I just gotta say…
HOLY SHIT STAPLES DID SOMETHING THAT POSITIVELY AFFECTS THE UNIVERSE?!?
STAPLES OF ALL THE COMPANIES
“If they haven’t told you yet, they don’t want you to know. Let them tell you.”
Wait, Staples is showing that they care about something? That’s unusual. Staples has an intense culture of corporate apathy.
Just in case anyone may read it the wrong way (it’s happened before), number five on the “5 Things to Know About Your Queer Child” has a lot to do with the way that queer youth are perceived and treated.
Otherwise, it’s a great set of posters. The wording on Two-Spirit specifies that it applies in specific ethnic and cultural contexts, and the set includes a poster on monosexism/biphobia, which seems to be rarely addressed.
I’ve been asked a few times by people working with youth in whatever capacity about how they can help actively fight against some of these issues, and the bottom set of posters offers some great recommendations.
I seem to have two copies of One Teacher in Ten, Second Edition: LGBT Educators Share Their Stories.
There’s no reason for me to have two of these. I’d like to give one away.
So how do I go about doing that? I’ve seen people here do contests and things, but I don’t know that I’m a good instigator in that sort of thing. What I do notice when I see posts related to LGBTQ educators, however, is that it’s important for people to know that they’re not alone.
So how about this: if you’re interested in the book, reblog this with a) why you’d like the book and b) a favorite story about your students or kids you’ve worked with. Does that last part have to be related? No. Oh, and say a little something about yourself — what you teach or how you work with kids or what you’re studying, etc.
LGBTQ teachers should be able to share stories about the way their identities intersect — but they should also be able to share stories about their teacher identity without their sexuality coming into play. It’s important, to me at least, to have that balance: “I have these very specific experiences that are unique to my personal identity,” as well as “I have many experiences that are common among all teachers.”
So…let’s hear it. I’ll find some other stuff to put in too, because I feel a bit cheesy only doing this for one book.
EDIT: If there are teachers out there who keep their personal and professional identity strictly separate and don’t want to out themselves on their teaching blog, PLEASE feel free to reblog this on your personal blogs instead, or to note or fanmail me with a request to keep your anonymity (I’d like to compile and post these later). No one should have to make themselves uncomfortable, and I won’t be checking your tumblr to be sure you’re education-related, that doesn’t matter. I trust you.
Conversations like this (about teachers personalizing classrooms and being allowed to share their interests and talk about their families) never fail to make me think about stories like this (regarding whether queer people are allowed to be “out” at work, especially in certain professions; you can easily imagine a similar story from a teacher’s perspective).
Being able to talk about your family at work is a privilege. We cannot have this conversation without having that conversation.
Thank you. This is hard to get across so succinctly.
Everyone please read this.
Sorry I’m not sorry, but I want a restaurant that doesn’t donate to bigotry in legislation.
I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, but I’m not going to give my money to a company that gives some of their profit to such endeavors. I’m also not going to cheer on an athlete that makes racist comments, just like I won’t support an athlete that condones (or commits) violence against women.
Considering the history of the Olympics, and the hostages murdered, I stand by Greece for kicking her off the team. Hopefully she’ll learn a lesson more valuable than winning an Olympic medal. Hopefully it will make people think. Hopefully it will prevent other people from making the same mistake. But above all, this move says, “We as a country don’t condone this,” and I think that’s awesome.
Here’s the thing.
If it was just some guy serving me a sandwich, and I was handing him money so he could eat and put a roof over his head, maybe that’s one thing.
But if I’m giving him money and part of that money is going to people who are promoting something that I find morally reprehensible, guess what?
It isn’t about the sandwich anymore.
What your money goes to matters.
In fact, in a capitalist country like the U.S., where your views are sometimes only as heard as your money can make them loud, where your money goes matters a lot. Yes, we live in a democracy. But our democracy is not only run by our voices, it’s run by our money. Our money speaks for us.
If it was just Joe Somebody on the corner selling me a sandwich, if he was selling it to me along with a mouthful of ideology like Chik-Fil-A’s, my appetite would probably be ruined anyway.
But when your money speaks for you, and the money you fork over for that sandwich is saying “I support what this company is spouting,” it’s not just a sandwich anymore. And if you don’t understand why what we do with our money is important, I suggest you Google “boycott” and “Montgomery bus”…or “Delano grapes”…or, um, “Boston” and “tea.” Sit in on a basic civics class. Something.
Is boycotting Chik-Fil-A the same scope? Probably not, but you never know how something will spread.
And if your craving for a particular sandwich is more important than my rights as a human being, well, let me step off my more civil soap box and tell you how I really feel.
But there’s no TL;DR version, so if you want to ask specific questions and get the short version for those, that works too. My ask box seems to work most of the time.
I received the following in my e-mail today:
Hello PPT!My name is Matt and I’m currently a pre-service teacher in the Los Angeles area, hoping to go into high school science. I’m currently on a great track at a great university and receiving a lot of praise for my tutoring and teaching as an instructor for SI courses. However, there’s one issue that I’m trying to figure out and I’m not comfortable talking with my education professors about it: my homosexuality.While I’d love to be a good role model for the queer students and be able to talk about such issues openly (even if I am in science, where there’s less room for discussions of those topics), I also have to consider how parents would respond to such openness. I’ve only heard horror stories about how gay teachers are fired, harassed, etc. While I would definitely prefer to be more open about it as to be a good role model, the other side of the coin scares me. While I’m currently very passionate about getting my job and teaching, I’m worried the other side might be too much to handle.My question is what sort of experiences and/or do you have regarding these issues in the field? Is there any advice you could impart on how to deal with these circumstances?Thank you for any response! Feel free to post this publicly on your PPT blog to start discussion if you wish!-MattBefore I begin I need to give two things to the people reading this.One, I still have a horrible migraine, but felt this topic was very important and deserved a timely response.Two, I’m straight, and don’t pretend to represent the GLBT community in any way. I wouldn’t attempt to tell any racial minority how to handle injustices they face, so I am treading carefully on this topic out of respect. If I state anything incorrectly, or insensitively, please let me know.
PPT gives some very good advice here as a prelim of what to consider while you’re considering this issue. I’m just tossing my two cents in as an educator from the LGBTQ group. There’s a lot here because I’m just writing anything I can think of that might be helpful to know beforehand, and please, this goes for everyone, don’t hesitate to ask me more about it or about something I didn’t include.
Patricia Polacco is my hero.
I am going to write an author study/genre study using her books as mentor texts for personal narrative.
She is amazing. The way she speaks about bullying, inclusion, and tolerance is inspiring.
I was a very big fan of Polacco’s work for years, but it wasn’t until looking for children’s books for same-sex parents last year (after almost all of my education coursework was finished and my student teaching was all over) that I stumbled upon In Our Mothers’ House.
That search had become so discouraging. But then I found Polacco. Polacco, a childhood favorite and a favorite again as a teacher, wrote a book with people that looked like me, people that frequently weren’t allowed in classrooms. A children's book.
I cried and started a fan-letter of thanks and then never sent it because I felt so awkward. But now I might try again.
There are some schools in Virginia — well, many schools in Virginia — looking for teachers. A few of them are in the general vicinity of where a very good friend of mine is moving for HER career. I’ve seriously considered going down there to teach before, and it looks like I would be qualified for the positions, or at least enough to apply.
But here’s the rub:
Virginia doesn’t exactly have a great track record for climate on the whole when it comes to being LGBTQ. The districts have no mention of sexual orientation in their discrimination policies. And I have a very hard time (read: I can’t) keeping silent if I see abuse or bullying going on, even if it’s as simple as the use of the word “gay” in a negative context.
I need to think about this hard before I throw my hat into the ring.