At our most recent meeting, we discussed Jordan B. Downing's article on Trans-Gender Parent Families. After almost no discussion, the whole team had agreed that the article was providing us with minimal depth that we could apply to our own research project. The article was lacking an intersectional analysis, which to us is very important. In addition, there was some trivializing and generalizing that took place with regards to the experiences of Trans parents and their families. We noticed that a lot of the observations and claims that Downing was making could have also been said for non-Trans parents and families. The exercise of doing a literature review of this article as a team was helpful, in the sense that we were able to think about what our publications.
We also read benjamin's article on Challenging the Limits of Binary Language in Elementary Schools through Poetry, Word Art, and Creative Book Making which was a very thought provoking and for lack of a better word, beautiful article to read. As a team, we talked about how they had managed to effectively capture and relay the importance of doing work with school aged children around queer literacy, and using methods such as book making to tell these stories. The article also contains lesson plans for teachers to use to do this work with their students. I, along with the rest of the team found these lesson plans inspiring for our own work, and started to envision how lesson plans could be one product of our research. I was truly blown away by benjamin's article, and I look forward to what else they will bring to the research team and to the project as a whole.
Just a quick update on the video interviews, we have one interview divided up into 1-3 minute clips, and we are now beginning the process of tagging and coding them before they are put up on the website! Stay tuned for more!