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LGBTQIA2+ Learning & Affirming Challenge

Optional activity:
Listen to a podcast episode that centers intersectional experiences, from one of the options in the carousel below. Click an arrow to move the carousel.

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Disability after Dark

This is a podcast that looks at disability stories. it's like sitting down with a really close friend to have real conversations about disability, sexuality and everything else about the disability experience that we don't talk about; the things about being disabled we keep in the dark. The show is hosted by Disability Awareness Consultant Andrew Gurza.

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Asking for a Friend

Dr. Laura McGuire (they/them) is an intersectional queer sexologist, doula, educator, and parent of two. In this show, Laura sits down with special guests for thought-provoking conversations on how sexuality, gender, race, faith, and ability shape our sexual experiences and identities as queer people.

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Two Spirit Talks

Our stories are a reflection of our people, and it is time for the voices of our Two Spirit family to be heard. Join us each month to hear directly from our community about ceremonies, songs, and stories of solidarity that are helping us to build upon the diverse teachings of our pasts towards a brighter Indigenous future for all.

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QueerAF: Inspiring LGBTQIA+ Stories

Each week you can listen to beyond the binary stories about queerness, sexuality and identity. All our shows are created with a budding LGBTQIA+ audio producer.

Hoodrat to Headwrap: A Decolonized Podcast

A Decolonized Podcast for lovers on the margins, join your resident sexuality educator Ericka Hart and Deep East Oakland's very own Ebony Donnley, as we game give, dismantle white supremacy and kiki in the cosmos somewhere between radical hood epistemological black queer love ethics, pop culture, house plants and a sea of books.

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 (link opens in a new tab)

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.


Let’s read a bit more deeply into what intersectionality means to Kimberlé Crenshaw (link opens in a new tab).

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. This 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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