Welcome to my February Resource Roundup! This monthly feature includes a variety of articles, videos, infographics, books, etc. on LGBTQ+ topics that I’ve encountered during the month which were helpful for me or could be helpful for others. Some of them will be old things I encountered for the first time or rediscovered. Others will be new. But they will all be things that resonated with me during the this month.
Articles & Websites
- 10 Books with Asexual & Aromantic Rep for an Alternative Valentine’s Day [Cultured Vultures]
I’m always looking for books featuring LGBTQ+ characters from less represented subcommunities, so I was happy to see this list of ace and aro representation this month. I haven’t read any of these books, but I’m looking forward to adding some to my to-read list.
- “A Romantic Partner Won’t Complete Me, Because I Was Born Complete”: How Identifying As Asexual & Aromantic Brought Me True Freedom & Happiness [British Vogue]
There are two things I especially appreciate about this article. One, it provides a helpful example of what the journey toward identifying as asexual and/or aromantic can look like for anyone who is trying to discern if they fall somewhere on the ace and/or aro spectrums. Two, it does a great job tackling some of the symptoms of allosexism and alloromanticism and how those symptoms have more harmful impacts on ace and aro folks than allosexual and alloromantic people often realize. I also appreciate the fact British Vogue uplifted the voice of a Black ace and aro activist for this article.
- Opinion: I’m a transgender woman. I shouldn’t have to prove it is OK for me to be who I am. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]
I believe it’s important for cisgender people – particularly those of us in helping professions and/or advocacy roles – to regularly engage with what transgender and nonbinary people are saying about their experiences and needs. This opinion piece by a Black transgender woman is the type of content I seek out to help inform my understanding of how to do better as a cis person.
- Stephen A. Maglott Ubuntu Biography Project [NBJC]
As a Black queer person, I have noticed educators who are otherwise well-versed in LGBTQ+ experiences or Black history often lack exposure to the history of Black same gender loving/LGBTQ+ people. Because they are not taught Black SGL/LGBTQ+ narratives and histories, they are unable to share that history with the students who most need to see Black SGL/LGBTQ+ representation. The Ubuntu Biography Project has been one of the lead challengers to this state of things for years, so I was happy to see that this month the project was revamped through the National Black Justice Coalition.
If you’re looking for Black SGL/LGBTQ+ people to reference in lessons or to have students research, this project is a great place to start. This is also a great resource if you’re looking to feature more Black SGL/LGBTQ+ people in social media posts about Black history or LGBTQ+ history.
- Trans Inclusion in School Sports Doesn’t Hurt Cisgender Girls, New Report Finds [them.]
As anti-trans rights groups have ramped up their attacks on transgender students participating in school sports, I found this summary of a report by the Center for American Progress to be a helpful potential frame for engaging with people who claim that including trans girls in sports with cis girls will harm cis girls. It includes data on the harm exclusion inflicts on trans students and ways trans exclusive policies may also harm cis girls. The link to the full report in the article was broken at the time I went to add it to this post, but you can read the full report at this link.
- ABC Song w/ Blue! [Blue’s Clues & You]
I’ve often heard from educators working with pre-kindergarten and elementary school kids that they don’t know or believe there are age-appropriate ways to introduce LGBTQ+ topics to their students. This alphabet song from Blue’s Clue’s shows how simple LGBTQ-inclusivity can look when working with younger children. Without going into the many different labels within the LGBTQ+ communities, this video still opens the door to affirm LGBTQ+ identities with younger kids.
- An Unsung Hero of the Civil Rights Movement [TED-Ed]
For Black History Month, I really wanted to highlight the work of Bayard Rustin with my GSA students. Since our meetings weren’t long enough for us to watch the documentary about his life, I found and shared this short video which addressed his activism and his sexuality in a way that felt engaging enough for my middle school students. I would recommend using this video not only in GSA lessons but also in class units on the civil rights movement.
- What Are The Symptoms of Gender Dysphoria? [PinkNews]
A colleague shared this video in a list of resources for counselors trying to better support students experiencing gender dysphoria. I greatly appreciated both the easy-to-understand way gender dysphoria is explained and the fact this explanation is provided by a transgender man. This video is useful not only for educators or other adults looking to better understand the experiences of their students but also for anyone who may be questioning whether they are experiencing gender dysphoria.
- “Black Trans Leaders From History” [Alok V. Menon]
I get a lot of book recommendations from reading reviews people I follow post on social media, so I wanted to share this book report by Alok Vaid-Menon for the book Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by Dr. C Riley Snorton. I haven’t yet read the book myself, but this report convinced me to add it to my to-read list and may convince you to do the same.