Over the next several months, I’m planning to construct a series of blog posts to help us to better understand the issues that are currently being legislated re: queer and trans, BIPOC, and disabled youth. The goal of these posts will be not only to help educators understand these issues, but also understand how to TAKE ACTION by pinpointing some resources and ways educators can get involved. Some of these issues will include:
- What is CRT really?
- Why is it important to learn about the histories of trans, queer, disabled, and BIPOC individuals, especially those living at the intersections of these identities?
- Are elementary aged kids too young to learn about gender and sexuality?
- Is teaching about systemic racism the same as teaching White kids to feel guilty?
- What is the difference between sex and gender?
- What should I know about gender affirming care?
- What should I know about trans kids playing sports?
- What impact has the abandonment of pandemic precautions had on students, families, and teachers with disabilities?
- Are teachers indoctrinating children when they teach about systemic racism, oppression, sexuality and gender, and power and privilege?
If you’re an educator, parent, or person that identifies as queer or trans, disabled, or BIPOC and are living in a state most impacted by legislation targeting BIPOC, disabled, and/or queer or trans youth and you have resources (advocacy groups, action plans, guides, whatever) you’d like me to highlight in this series, please reach out to me directly with those resources. I also welcome offers to collaborate on any given post, should that be something you’re interested in. Your voices and the advocacy that’s happening in your states matter. You are beautiful and worthy and I hope we make it to a day that you are celebrated, protected, and loved.
Until I’m able to publish the first post of this series, I encourage you to read this article I stumbled upon this weekend, which has examples of heartwarming ways that cis people have shown support to their trans loved ones. https://www.bustle.com/politics/transgender-people-share-acts-of-allyship-twitter-cisgender.
Sending love and well wishes to you all.
The Queer Mathematics Teacher