Listen along to Scene 7: So Far, So Good from our audio play, Out at School. You can listen to the full podcast on all streaming platforms! https://kite.link/OAS-audioplay
Season 3, episode 4 of Gender, Sexuality, School is now available! In this months episode, Tara talks to Glynnis Lieb, Executive Director of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. This is our last episode of season 3, and we are looking forward to returning in the Fall with season 4!
Congratulations to LGBTQ Families Speak Out research team member Bishop Owis and co-author Lindsay Cavanaugh for receiving the Eric Rofes Graduate Student Travel Award for this paper entitled “Restorying Queer and Trans Educational Scholarship: Imagining Sites for BITQPOC Resistance”. Their paper was given the highest score in the Queer SIG this year at the American Educational Research Association conference (AERA).
You can download their presentation here
Thank you to everyone who came out to the launch of our audio play, Out at School! It was amazing to see some familiar and new faces there. You can now listen along on our website under the Out at School link on our website or on your favourite podcast app.
Listen here: kite.link/OAS-audioplay
Join us on Friday April 9th from 3-4pm for the launch of our audio play, Out at School!
Out at School , based on 37 interviews conducted in the LGBTQ Families Speak Out research project (2014-2020), was created and recorded on Zoom in November 2020, edited by OISE graduate student and sound editor Doug Friesen from December 2020 to February 2021.
The audio-play performers include New College students and alumni. Alanis Ortiz Espinoza, Charlotte Stewart, Destiny Mae Ramos-Alleyne, Sandakie Ekanayake as well as New College TAs benjamin lee hicks and Bishop Owis.
The recording, mixing and editing of the audio-play was funded by the New College Initiative Fund this year.
You can register here:
“Visibility is a lot more palatable than action; and if you unfocus your eyes, you might even be able to confuse the former for the latter.” — Nour Abi Nakhoul
Today is Trans Day of Visibility, a day to notion towards trans solidarity.
And yet, today feels confusing for many trans and gender-diverse communities. What kind of harm is reproduced when we acknowledge visibility without doing anything to actively change the lives of trans folks? Even though today is a “sympathetic nod [towards acceptance and equity] it should not be confused with a helping hand.” (Nour Abi Nakhoul).
Acknowledgement is not action and action is not substantial enough unless it can address systemic forms of injustice facing all trans communities — Black, Indigenous, Asian, dis/abled and those most severely impacted by COVID, capitalism and colonialism.
Many trans folks are tired of being visible and at worst, hyper-visible; a target for violence, harassment and gaslighting by institutions who recognize their existence but do little to nothing to change it.
Visibility and representation is not the same as action. It is not the same as healthcare, community housing, community safety and anti-racist/anti-colonial curricula. Visibility is not justice, survival is not thrival.
Today is a political statement, one that we take seriously as a call and demand for action on behalf of our research team, the families we have worked with and the youth we continue to teach everyday. So, ask yourself, what can you do to demand action for transgender communities?
Open Letter to Support Trans Youth (please sign)
Trans Toolkit Collective
*also see the resources page on our website
This month I spoke to Professor Andrew Campbell from the University of Toronto (OISE) and Queens University about his ongoing research on LGBTQ issues in the Jamaican media.
Dr. Campbell's research and scholarship focus on issues of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Cultural Competency, Education Leadership, 2SLGBTQ+ issues, and Teacher Performance Evaluation. Dr. Campbell continues to present at various peer-reviewed academic conferences across North America and the Caribbean.
He is a workshop facilitator, a motivational speaker and has delivered several Keynotes. You can listen to the podcast by clicking the PODCAST tab, and learn more about Dr. Campbell by visiting his website. drabc.ca
Black History Month is celebrated every February. It’s a time of deep un/learning, centring of Black histories, culture, voices and futurities and demanding a more just present.
As educators it’s important for us to recognize how we might benefit from anti-Black rhetoric and narratives. We know that we are entrenched in white supremacist logic and that our educational systems are not excluded from the violent histories that have caused generational trauma for Indigenous and Black communities.
Black History Month is important because it is a time of resurgence, celebration and affirmation in the public eye and collective consciousness that Black communities feel and know year-long. It can also be an incredibly difficult and frustrating time for Black communities to feel pressure to speak out, be visible, and see the world celebrate Black History Month without making systemic changes that actually make a difference.
So how do we, as non-Black educators, continue to do this work throughout the year? How can we continue our learning, address the systemic barriers in the institutions we work in and centre Black joy at all intersections?
This month, more than ever, it is important to do the work on our own. Here are some things to either get you started, or continue your learning:
Policing Black Lives - Robyn Maynard
Beloved - Toni Morrison
Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity - C. Riley Snorton
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness - Michelle Alexander
The Skin We’re In - Desmond Cole
Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada - Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson, Syrus Marcus Ware.
A Different Booklist: https://www.adifferentbooklist.com
Black Canadian Authors: https://nowtoronto.com/culture/books/11-books-by-black-canadian-authors?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=nowtoronto&utm_campaign=hootsuite
Anti-Black Racism in Canada (HuffPost) https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/racism-canada-anti-black_ca_5ecd6c6cc5b670f88ad48d5c
Black Lives Matter Toronto/Mutal Aid Fund: https://blacklivesmatter.ca
Black Legal Action: https://www.blacklegalactioncentre.ca
NIA Centre for Arts: https://niacentre.org
Black Youth Helpline: https://blackyouth.ca/services/#how-to-access-our-services
image from: @kpinspires on instagram
In season 3, episode 2 of the Gender, Sexuality, School podcast, Tara talks to Professor Lance McCready from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education about his ongoing research on the educational trajectories of Black Queer Youth.
Dr. McCready's research focuses on the education, health and well-being of urban youth. His dissertation and subsequent publications focused on "making space" for diverse masculinities in urban education and how the experiences of gay and gender non-conforming Black male students reframe the troubles Black males face in urban high schools. His most recent research focuses on the educational trajectories of young black men in Canadian urban centres, and programs and services for ethnic and racial minority males who are underrepresented in North American colleges and universities.
We are delighted to share that our new book Our Children are Your Students is now available for purchase! The new book shares findings from the LGBTQ Families Speak Out research project that started in 2014 and ended in 2020. As many of you know, the goal of the project was to video interview LGBTQ families across Ontario about their experiences in public schools and share our findings from these interviews with teachers, community educators, and other LGBTQ families.
The project includes:
You can order the book here and join us for a virtual book launch on February 12th at 4pm. Register for the event here.