Welcome to my March 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 this month.
Articles & Websites
- Dwyane Wade Opens Up About Journey to Accepting Trans Child, Zaya [Out]
One of the cornerstones of my educational philosophy is the importance of modeling. I like to find ways not only to model behaviors and attitudes myself but also to show admired people with similar identities as my learners modeling those behaviors and attitudes. Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are some of my favorite people to use for this because their transparency about their journey and unwavering support of their daughter are both experiences I want more Black families to be able to see. If you are working with Black families in the middle of their own journey towards accepting and affirming their trans child, I would encourage you to think about ways to incorporate this story in your work with them to reinforce the fact they are not the only Black family walking this journey and that it can be done well. I’d also consider sharing this story with Black trans youth to show them that even if their own family is not currently affirming, it is possible for their family to grow and for them to find other Black adults who will affirm them.
- Gender-Inclusive Biology Language Guide [Gender-Inclusive Biology]
This language guide, created by three K-12 science teachers, is a resource that I had seen before but rediscovered this month. Whether you’re a K-12 teacher or an educator in another capacity, this guide offers some really great suggestions for ways to discuss topics connected to sex and gender in inclusive, scientifically accurate ways.
- How to Affirm the People in Your Life Who Use Multiple Sets of Pronouns. [them.]
Something I really appreciate about this article is that it answers the question of how to affirm people who use multiple sets of pronouns not by giving a list of dos and don’ts centered on one person’s experience but instead by letting several people with a variety of pronouns share their experiences and what does and does not affirm them. This article is useful for anyone wondering how to affirm folks with multiple sets of pronouns or how to educate others on how to affirm folks with multiple sets of pronouns.
- I Define Myself: The Intersections of Joy in Bisexual+ and Biracial Identity [Bisexual Resource Center]
As a bisexual person who professionally teaches about bisexuality, I have to work really intentionally to ensure that what I teach about bisexuality reflects not only my experience but also the experiences of the diverse array of folks within the bi+ community. One of the ways I make sure this happens is by reading the stories of bi+ people with different identities, experiences, or priorities than me. This article brought up some experiences within the bi+ community that are outside my own experience and some that don’t get a lot of focus even within spaces full of bi+ discourse. While I recommend monosexual folks regularly read articles like this to understand more about bi+ experiences, I also would recommend this article to other bi+ folks for whom it might personally resonate or teach something new about a portion of our community.
- Transgender Day of Visibility Booklist 2021 [GLSEN]
This year for Trans Day of Visibility (which is today!) GLSEN’s National Student Council created a list of books written by trans authors. I love a good booklist and think representation in literature is one of the best tools for education and self-discovery, especially for youth and those working with them, so I’d highly recommend checking out the books on this list.
- Lil Nas X “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” REACTION WITH LIL NAS X!! [Zach Campbell]
As an LGBTQ+ educator, one of my primary jobs is to dispel misconceptions that people have about sexuality and gender by providing accurate information in an easily digestible manner. In that vein, I’m sharing this resource as a means of providing accurate information about the meaning behind a lot of the imagery and choices in “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).” If you’re wary of the video because you have seen the backlash, I’d consider watching this reaction video first to get a taste of the actual video and to hear directly from Lil Nas X about the meaning of the more controversial elements of the video.
- “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” [Lil Nas X]
In full transparency, I almost did not add this video to the list. I thought it would be safer and easier to add a link to an article responding to the video than to suggest the actual video as a potential resource. But, the reality is that liberatory education is not inherently safe or easy. It is disruptive and challenging, just as this video is. Liberatory education is also deeply affirming and healing which I believe this video is as well, particularly for Black queer folks raised in the Church. I highly recommend this video to my Black queer siblings who have wrestled or are wrestling with their sense of sexuality, agency, belonging, and self-worth in light of messages from the Church because this video exemplifies what Black queer liberation from oppressive ideologies can look like.
- “3 Takeaways from Pronoun 101” [Angel Gravely]
For those who may have missed it, I shared an Instagram post this month based on a presentation I gave to my school community. It included three important understandings about pronouns I wanted everyone who attended my presentation to walk away with by the end. Feel free to share it when discussing pronouns with your communities!
- “Book Recommendations by Melina Seiler” [Bi+ Pride Hamburg]
Recently on Twitter, someone asked why bi+ theory isn’t as robust nowadays as it was in the 90s. Initially, I was taken aback and even a little offended at that comment because I feel like I have participated in robust bi+ theorizing and discourse in the years since I first came out in 2011. Then I stepped back and thought about the fact that many bi+ people haven’t had access to robust, recent bi+ theory for reasons that aren’t their own fault. With that in mind, I was happy to stumble on this recommendation list from earlier in the month by Bi+ Pride Hamburg, which includes several bi+ books published within the past decade that I feel have greatly contributed to modern bi+ theory.
- “It’s time we do better in supporting our bi+ community” [Human Rights Campaign]
This series of images by HRC highlights some of the health disparities between bi+ folks and their monosexual counterparts. As much as I’d like to just highlight the things that are going well within the bi+ community, I find time and time again that those outside of the community – even others in the LGBTQ+ community – are often ignorant to disparities that exist between bi+ folks and monosexual folks. If you are unfamiliar with this data, I’d highly recommend looking through these graphics and learning more about the ways monosexism is negatively impacting the health of bi+ people.
- “Trans Kids Need Our Help Now” [pinkmantaray]
Across the country, there are currently several anti-trans bills being considered, most of which are targeting trans youth. Schuyler Bailar at pinkmantaray has been sharing a lot of information about what’s happening and how to combat those bills on his social media and website, including this post which offers ways to respond to the most common talking points from those who support these hateful bills. I’d recommend not only checking out this post but also subscribing to his Instagram and website to continue to learn more ways to support trans youth in this frightening time.
- “What does protecting trans kids look like in schools?” [Teaching Outside the Binary]
This Instagram post offers a short list of some powerful ways educators, parents, and community members can tangibly take action to protect trans kids in their schools. It also offers some suggestions for resources where folks can learn more ways to support trans kids, including learning specific ways to support trans students in states being impacted by the legislation seeking to ban them from sports.
- “Why is bisexual history important?” [Bi History Project]
As a lover and teacher of bi+ history, I appreciated this Instagram post by the Bi History Project highlighting why bisexual history is important to the overall health and wellbeing of bi+ folks. I am often on a soapbox about how a disconnect from our history plays into many of the negative experiences bi+ folks, so I was happy to see this post put my soapbox rants into succinct words.