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Sticks and Stones | Seven Days

Sticks and Stones | Seven Days.

Seven Days article explores how “Outright Vermont teaches kids that words do hurt.”

“89% of LGBT students heard the word “gay” (e.g., “that’s so gay”) used in a negative way frequently or often at school.

85% were verbally harassed at school because of their sexual orientation.

53% were harassed or threatened by peers via electronic media such as text messages, e-mails and Facebook.

From the 2009 National School Climate Survey of LGBT youth conducted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.”

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“Better Together: Racial Justice and the LGBT Community”

This report “prepared by the Applied Research Center (ARC) in partnership with the Arcus Foundation, this study examines the relationship between racial justice organizations and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities, finding the lack of resources, funding, and community support are obstacles to engagement between the two communities.”

10,000 Dresses

10,000 Dresses: ” Bailey (a white girl of maybe 5-8 years old) dreams of a staircase of 10,000 beautiful dresses, each unusual and unique. She tells her mother, then father, then brother about her dreams, and asks each in turn to help her get one of the dresses she falls in love with, but each time she is rebuffed, because they say she’s a boy and “boys don’t wear dresses.” Discouraged, she runs away (“all the way to the end of the block”), and meets an older girl, Laurel, who is trying to sew dresses, but is disappointed because they each come out the same. Bailey shares one of her ideas with Laurel, and they make two dresses out of mirrors. Laurel declares that Bailey is “the coolest girl I ever met”, and asks Bailey if she can come up with any more dress ideas; Bailey assures her she “can dream up 10,000 dresses!” Raising My Boychick

Read interview with the author here.  Check out the ALA Rainbow List Project here.

The presence of books like 10,000 Dresses help create spaces that are free from discrimination and prejudice.  This leads to a learning environment that is safe and supportive of all people in the Burlington School District. Perhaps, for some, the need for this safe space is emphasized by the suicides of two gay youth, this week: a 13-year-old named Asher in Texas and a college freshman, Tyler, in New Jersey.

“Showing Gay Teenagers a Happy Future”

Anthony, an Outright Vermont board member suggested that the ERC should check out Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” project.

“A new online video channel is reaching out to teenagers who are bullied at school for being gay. The message: life really does get better after high school.” Tara Parker Pope, New York Times

Anthony’s story is actually featured on the It Gets Better project.

Read the New York Times article about it [here].

(The project lives on a YouTube channel so watching it from a BSD computer might not be an option-so remember to watch it at another location before/after school!)

“GLAAD releases report on LGBT representation on TV”

By Jos | Published: July 26, 2010

Cover of the GLAAD 2009 to 2010 Network Responsibility Index“GLAAD has released their fourth annual Network Responsibility Index, “an evaluation of the quantity, quality and diversity of images of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people on television.” GLAAD reviews the programming on all the major broadcast networks and 10 major cable networks and gives each a grade of Excellent, Good, Adequate, or Failing.

As I’ve argued before, media representation is important to humanize LGBT folks to a wider audience and to show queer and trans folks, especially youth who may not be a supportive environment, that other people like them exist and can be OK.

This year’s report shows a marked improvement in the representation of LGBT folks on TV. Some key findings:

  • This year, MTV becomes the first network, cable or broadcast, to receive an “Excellent” rating in this report due to the quality and diversity of its many LGBT impressions. Of the 10 cable networks evaluated, MTV posted the largest increase and ranked highest for LGBT-inclusive original content. Out of 207.5 total hours of original primetime programming, 87 (42%) hours included LGBT impressions. In addition to the racial and ethnic diversity of its characters, MTV also represented a broad cross-section of the LGBT community in its programming.
  • After three years in second place, The CW is now the top broadcast network in this report with 198.5 (35%) LGBT-inclusive hours out of 570 total hours of original programming. This is the highest percentage ever recorded for a broadcast network since this report’s inception, though it should be noted that The CW airs less total primetime programming hours than the other broadcast networks.
  • For the first time since GLAAD began this report, all of the five major broadcast networks posted  an increase in LGBT-inclusive primetime programming hours. However, CBS continues to lag behind its competitors, once again earning a “Failing” grade.

I’m not surprised to see better representation on cable, where shows can be targeted at a smaller market and content that’s censored on broadcast stations is allowed. This becomes an issue of access to representation – we didn’t have cable growing up, which means I missed out on some of the few queer characters on TV at the time. It was impossible to figure out who I was when I saw no positive examples of transgender folks reflected back at me anywhere.

I’m also not surprised to see the CW move to the top of the broadcast list – the network’s programming is aimed at young folks, who have higher rates of acceptance for LGBT folks and support for LGBT issues than other generations. The CW was also mentioned in the index for having the most racial/ethnic diversity of any broadcast network.

I appreciate the nuanced take on representation in this report. FOX is commended for overall improvements in their programming but criticized for offensive humor in their Sunday cartoons. ABC is called out for representing overwhelmingly white LGBT characters. All networks did poorly representing Asian Pacific Islander LGBT folks.

One thing I would like to see emphasized more in the index is the need for transgender representation. Trans TV characters and personalities are mentioned in the report, like repeats of the America’s Top Model cycle featuring Isis, a trans woman, helping the CW’s rankings. But I would like to see GLAAD call for deliberate and positive representation of trans folks on TV.

I think the major take away from the index this year is how much better networks are doing. There really does seem to be a marked improvement in the representation of gays and lesbians on television, and even slow growth in representation of bisexual and transgender folks.”

This blog was taken from Jos over at feministing.com. Many thanks to Jos for the great analysis!

It’s Elementary

“It’s Elementary is the first film of its kind to address anti-gay prejudice by providing adults with practical lessons on how to talk with kids about gay people. Hailed as “a model of intelligent directing,” It’s Elementary shows that children are eager and able to wrestle with stereotypes and absorb new facts about what it means to be gay or lesbian.”

click here to read about the doc on Groundspark’s website

amazing amazing documentary!

“Understanding Gay & Lesbian Youth: Lessons For Straight Teachers”

Two accessible and informative reads have fallen into my hands thanks to a future teacher and current UVM student who I took a class (Historical, Philosophical, & Social Foundations of Education with Prof. Denise Dunbar) with last semester named Ryan.

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by Arthur Lipkin (Hardcover)
Here is what Ryan has to say about these books:
Beyond Diversity Day: A Q&A on Gay and Lesbian Issues in Schools, by Arthur Lipkin:
“The best overall resource because of it’s straighforwardness and simplicity…this book is a great resource, it includes  background on gay on lesbian development, and the struggles they face during adolescence and childhood. The book also addresses the different struggles faced by minority gay and lesbian students. Along with that it talks about school reforms in the past and ones currently in debate, progress and resistance to those reforms, as well as a whole section on adapting the curriculum to create a more inclusive and accepting environment in classrooms and schools”.
Understanding Gay and Lesbian Youth: Lessons for Straight School Teachers, Counselors, and Administrators by David Campos.
“This book is filled with lesson plans, activities and narratives that can prove to also be a great resource. It also has history on the gay rights movement and different struggles faces by different groups”.
Ryan also adds: “I would be interested in finding resources that address the plight of transgender students as well. I feel that this group of students is largely underrepresented, and these days, face the most discrimination and misunderstanding in school environments”.
Thanks Ryan!