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LGBTQIA2+ Learning & Affirming Challenge

Welcome to Day 3 of the LGBTQIA2+ Learning & Affirming Challenge.
Our beliefs about bodies disproportionately impact those whose race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and age deviate from our default notions. The further from the default, the greater the impact. We are all affected - but not equally.
Sonya Renee Taylor, author, poet, spoken word artist, humanitarian and social justice activist, educator, and founder of The Body is Not An Apology movement 
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Yesterday, we saw how cis-heteronormativity impacts us in ways we may or may not expect, both personally and in society more broadly. Today, we will look more explicitly at how intersectionality plays a role.

Let's get started. Watch the following video about how various identities play a role in how a person or community wants to be perceived.

Next, listen to Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw define intersectionality. Dr. Crenshaw is a law professor at Columbia University and the University of California Los Angeles, who coined the term, intersectionality, 30 years ago to describe how intersecting structures of oppression affect the ways in which people experience power and privilege.


Lastly, let's listen to Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile's story about the connections she makes between her modern queer lifestyle and her childhood upbringing in a rural village in Botswana, and how she re/claims queerness.

Based on the reading and videos above:

  1. What does intersectionality mean to you, in relation to the LGBTQIA2+ community? How does power or privilege play a role in your example? Share your response in the style of a tweet (in other words, a message sent on Twitter). This means you have 280 characters to describe intersectionality in a way that makes sense to you. Here's a character counter to help you get started (link opens in a new tab)Twitter users often respond to their own tweets with more information, so feel free to continue your thread if 280 characters doesn't do it!

    Many people learn and share information on social media. T
    his exercise focuses on this type of information sharing. It's also an attempt to make complex information digestible and understandable for a wide audience.
  2. Share a hashtag (link opens in a new tab) to accompany your post!

NOTE: This challenge originally took place April 4-8, 2022. Commenting is now closed, but please reflect on the prompt in the board and scroll through participants' responses.

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Additional resources:

Take time for a personal reflection:

  • Were there any emotions that you felt after exploring today's resources and activities (discomfort, joy, happiness, anger, sadness, no emotion)? If so, what were the sources of those feelings?
  • What was an important learning experience for you in today's challenge?

You are halfway through the LGBTQIA2+ Learning & Affirming Challenge! Stay tuned tomorrow to discuss approaches to creating LGBTQ+ affirming educational settings.

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