WHY OUR FREE 10/8 WORKSHOP IS CALLED “QUEER THE CURRICULUM”

  • Middle School
Kristin Leong

Our free Queer the Curriculum workshop on October 8th is less than two weeks away! Register here.

Please spread the word! Invite your activist friends! Your teacher friends! Your queer friends! Your ally friends! Your friends who haven't yet spent a day talking LGBTQ stuff but who care about making the world a more inclusive place.

There's been some *discomfort* with the QUEER in our workshop title and as a result it's more important than ever that people register for this workshop and show up to send the message that we're ready for complex conversations.

We get it that language is powerful. That's why we use it to fuel these conversations. The QUEER in the title is deliberate. Let's talk about it.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say: Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities that are not heterosexual or not cisgender. Originally meaning "strange" or "peculiar", queer came to be deployed pejoratively against those with same-sex desires or relationships in the late-19th century.

And here’s what Wikipedia does not say: A term can’t start as a pejorative and turn into an “umbrella term” without deliberate and extensive efforts to reclaim that term, to take it back, to not only take away the bigoted sting but to own that term and turn it into a source of pride.

Queer is an identity that people have the right to claim.

To queer is also an action. It’s activism.

So what does it mean to queer the curriculum?

It means we’re rethinking what we’re teaching and how we’re teaching it.

It means we’re focusing on LGBTQ inclusivity in schools in particular, but we’re also looking at inclusivity in general. For teachers and students who do not identify as heterosexual or cisgender. For teachers and students of color. For the teachers who were the first in their families to graduate from college. And for the students who will be the first in their families to graduate from college.

Equity means equity for all.

Do you feel a little nervous talking about LGBTQ issues with teachers? Join us!

Are you under the impression that you've never met a queer person before? Join us!

Do you have your rainbow cape made of your old Pride t-shirts that you screen printed in the basement of your local LGBT community center ready to wear on National Coming Out Day on October 11th? Join us!

 More evidence that language matters, especially in LGBTQ contexts. Excerpt from Tony Hoagland's poem Hearings.

Everyone is welcome. Experts are not required.

Please register, spread the word, and join us. Coffee and breakfast will be waiting for you.

And Renton is closer than you think--only 20 min down I-5 from Seattle with no traffic on Saturday mornings. I know you were thinking about that. Want to carpool? Let's coordinate on our facebook event page.

I'm looking forward to meeting all of you. Thanks for spreading the word.

More info on me and Queer the Curriculum at kristinleong.com.

  • Curriculum
  • Equity
  • Professional Development
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