The LGBTQ Families Speak Out research team will be travelling to Sudbury, Ontario, for the Rainbow Health Conference from March 22-24, 2018. While we're there we're hoping to interview LGBTQ families in Sudbury about their experiences at school. If you're interested in participating please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
This March Break (March 12-16, 2018) we are offering a theatre creation and arts program for young people from LGBTQ+ families (ages 12-18). We have a number of wonderful queer and trans artists lined up for the week and are now accepting registrations. Here is a link to more information about the program: https://collectivelycreating.weebly.com/
Purpose of the research
As a PhD candidate at OISE/UT, and an artist who has a background in creating socially driven theatre and media work with youth, I am interested in how artist educators like myself can work effectively with young people from a variety of backgrounds so that they can create an equitable and creatively generative learning environment for all students. In an attempt to understand the potential of theatre as a form of anti-oppression education, I am interested in creating a new piece of theatre about the particular issues LGBTQ families experience in their everyday lives both inside and outside of school.
If you are interested in participating in this research project, I would love to hear from you. Please contact me at: email@example.com and check out the website for more information: https://collectivelycreating.weebly.com/
We are happy to announce that two new research projects have emerged out of The LGBTQ Families Speak Out Project. PhD Candidate Pamela Baer will be working with youth from LGBTQ+ families during March Break 2018 to create an original theatre performance, and PhD Candidate Austen Koecher will be using the video interviews with Teacher Candidates at OISE. Read more about these two projects below.
Pamela Baer is looking for young people (aged 12-18) from LGBTTQQ2SIA families to create a new play about their experiences in school and in their community. This theatre creation program is a workshop series that will take place during march break 2018. Alongside guest artists, participants and researchers will work to create a series of short performances and skits. We will draw on poetry, music, puppetry, improvisation, and other creative techniques to connect, create, and share our stories. For more information go to: www.collectivelycreating.weebly.com
If you are interested in participating please contact Pamela Baer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Austen Koecher is using our video interviews in graduate teacher education classes to consider what happens when teacher education students engage with video interviews about the experiences of gender and/or sexual minority families in schools. She is also investigating the learning that occurs in discussions and reflections that result from teacher education students’ engagement with the video interviews, and how the use of the video interviews may contribute to conditions for teacher education student insights into or engagement with the educational experiences of gender and/or sexual minority families.
Goldstein, T., Koecher, A., Baer, P., and hicks, b. l. (2017). Transitioning in elementary school: Parent advocacy and teacher allyship. Teaching Education. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1080/10476210.2017.1372410.
We are happy to announce that the first academic journal article based on our LGBTQ Families Speak Out research has been published. The article discusses the ways that teachers and parents worked to support a child transitioning at school.
The article can be found at: Teaching Education Journal
This week Tara has been reading Mary and Donald Collins’ collaborative memoir At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick up the Pieces. In their memoir, Mary and Donald describe their conflicting points of view about Donald’s medical decisions to align his body with his gender identity. While Mary supported Donald’s desire and his right to realize himself as a person, she didn’t agree with the ways he chose to physically alter his body. The memoir allows both Mary and Donald to explain how they felt during the conflict and how they have tried to reconnect and establish a relationship with each other. Kate Bornstein, author of A Queer and Pleasant Danger and Gender Outlaw describes the memoir as the best, most thorough narrative of trans experience he’s read.
The research team is excited to be participating in two panels at the Canadian Society for Studies in Education (CSSE) and the Canadian Association of Canadian Research (CATR) conferences at Congress at the end of May.
The Experiences of LGBTQ Families in Ontario Schools
We will be presenting findings from our first set of interviews undertaken in the Greater Toronto Area.
CSSE: Canadian Critical Pedagogy Association
Sunday May 28, 2017: 8:15-9:30 am
Out at School: A Verbatim Theatre Project
We will be discussing our process of devising a verbatim theatre performance from the interviews we are gathering.
Tuesday May 30, 2017: 9:45-11:00 am
Creating Verbatim Theatre: A Praxis Discussion
We will be discussing our process of moving from an interview transcript to a verbatim play script using one of the interviews from our project as a case-study.
Tuesday May 30, 2017: 2:45-4:00 pm
1087 Queen Street West
We are excited to announce that excerpts from Out at School will be presented at the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity's Ontario Educators' Conference on April 28, 2017.
For more information and to register for the conference, please visit the conference website.
We hope to see you there!
On Sunday, January 22, the research team was proud to present a performance of excerpts from our project Out at School, a verbatim play about the experiences of LGBTQ families at school, written by Pam Baer, Tara Goldstein, and Jenny Salisbury. The play features monologues written from some of the interviews on the LGBTQ Families Speak Out website.
The monologues were layered with a display of original artwork created by visual artist and research team member benjamin lee hicks. Songwriter and musician Kate Reid performed an original song based on the interviews.
Out at School will be performed again in April at the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity's Ontario Educators' Conference. We're excited to share our performance with educators from all across Ontario!
Exciting news! The first set of video interviews is up on the website. You can click on "Videos" in the navigation bar to watch them all, click on the categories in the sidebar to see videos on a particular theme, or click on a participant's name to see all of their videos.
We hope you enjoy watching them.
The research team will be visiting Ottawa from November 4 to November 7, 2016. If you are interested or know anyone who would be interested in participating, please email us at email@example.com or by clicking here.
Looking forward to seeing you in Ottawa!