|That's me, talking about "SAFE SPACE: Ending Anti-Gay Bullying in our Culture... and at YOUR School" on Wednesday of this week, up in Oregon at Corvallis High School|
The last two weeks have been packed with speaking visits, including giving my Smashing Stereotypes workshops to the entire sixth grade at Brentwood School in Los Angeles, sharing an Empowering Diversity session with the Los Angeles Independent School Counselors, and flying up to Corvallis, Oregon to do my “SAFE SPACE: Ending Anti-Gay Bullying in our Culture… and at YOUR School” program four times – once at the amazing Corvallis Benton County Public Library and a full day of three packed presentations to students at the Corvallis High School’s Black Box Theater …I also met with two different groups of teens at the library, hung out with the coolest of librarians and GSA Advisors, and even had lunch with students from Corvallis High’s GSA.
I’ll blog separately about my trip to Corvallis, but for now let me share what I promised in my talks – links to the many, many, many resources I shared.
For those of you who weren’t at one of these presentations, there’s still lots of great stuff here for you to browse. And if you want to get a taste of what my presentations are like, you can go here to see video highlights of both my Smashing Stereotypes Workshop and My SAFE SPACE Assembly. And/or, you can have your school, library or group contact me and we’ll see if I can bring my programs to you… If that’s the case, please email me at iamleewind (at) gmail (dot) com.
And now, without too much further ado, here are some links and resources I shared:
The Chimamanda Adichie TED Talk on the danger of stereotypes being a single story.
The quote by Holocaust Survivor Martin Niemoller
"In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up."
Hug of Shame 1
Hug of Shame 2
Hazing in Pro Baseball
Oregon's Constitutional Amendment 5a
HB 2599 – Oregon Safe Schools Act
Basic Rights Oregon
The picture book “King and King”by Linda de Haan & Stern Nijland is the picture book about two princes falling in love that was used in the anti-gay marriage Prop 8 commerical.
The Most Dangerous Book In America, “And Tango Makes Three”
Harvey Milk speech
The two wonderful films about Harvey Milk that I mentioned are The Times Of Harvey Milk, a documentary that won the Academy Award (for best documentary) back in 1984. And Milk, a 2008 biopic that won two Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor (Sean Penn as Milk.)
The Corvallis Benton County Public Library has amazing librarians and a great website (check out their url: www.thebestlibrary.net !) with super lists of books for teens. Oh, and check out their LGBTQ Teen Graphic Novel/Manga list, too!
http://lgbthistorymonth.com is the site for the 31 Days. 31 Icons. October celebration of LGBT History. I have lots more info on queer history on my blog here and here.
Facing History and Ourselves is the organization I mentioned that coined the term UPstanders. They have lots of great resources and programs, and here’s their website.
The New York Times series on Coming Out and the Salon series “Interview With My Bully” are fascinating reading.
I mentioned former NBA player John Amaechi's talk on prejudice and diversity - here are more of my notes from attending his presentation.
Here’s the abstract on the study published in “Pediatrics” on “The Social Environment and Suicide Attempts in Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth” that showed better outcomes for all students from a more queer-accepting environment.
The Trevor Project runs a 24 hr crisis lifeline for GLBTQ and questioning youth – the lifeline is 1-866-4-U-TREVOR, 1-866-488-7386 and their website is: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
Some of my favorite “It Gets Better” videos are collected here: The project website and their pledge
Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. I pledge to spread this message to my friends, family and neighbors. I'll speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work. I'll provide hope for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other bullied teens by letting them know that "It Gets Better."
is at: www.itgetsbetter.org/
I'll just pull out two to share in this list: My own It Gets Better video, and the "It Gets Better" - Broadway sings for the Trevor Project song I shared at the end of my sessions.
Thanks for being such great audiences. I hope each one of you chooses to be an UPstander - and then together we can change our world for the better!