Tag Archives: LGBTQ

AERA screws up (again) on gender inclusivity

“In addition to using gender demographics for membership and research purposes, the expanded and enhanced gender categories send a message of inclusion to individuals of all gender identities within the Association,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine.

Let’s look at what AERA, the American Educational Research Association, thinks will send a message of inclusion to individuals of all gender identities within the Association. Now when you become a member of AERA or renew your membership, you’ll be met with … Read more

It Gets Better: the LGBTQ Pride Film Festival, Dead Poets Society and Stephen Schwartz’s “Testimony”

When I was 12 years old, I went with my family to see the Robin Williams movie Dead Poets Society. One of the movie’s main characters is a troubled, sensitive teenager whose actions are controlled by his overbearing father. Here’s the description, pulled from Wikipedia, of one of the key events of the film (warning: contains spoilers):

Without his father’s knowledge, he auditions for the role of Puck in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His

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President Obama (finally) stands up for gay marriage

Ok, so this happened.


Obama’s televised statement came after two members of his administration voiced support for gay marriage. Vice President Joe Biden went first, on Sunday:


And on Monday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan followed up by tossing his support behind the cause:

The administration’s position statements on gay marriage sandwiched a primary election day that resulted in  what the New York Times called “a trifecta of intolerance“:

Tuesday was pretty great for the forces of

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dharun ravi found guilty of most charges in bullying case

A few weeks ago, in response to a call by danah boyd and John Palfrey for the public to stop bullying Dharun Ravi, I argued that public sentiment regarding Dharun Ravi was an appropriate reaction to Ravi’s vile and hateful behavior toward his gay roommate, Tyler Clementi. You may remember that Clementi was a gay Rutgers University freshman who committed suicide after Ravi, his roommate, had boasted about setting up his computer’s webcam to watch Clementi’s sexual encounters with another … Read more

don’t ask me to withhold judgment of dharun ravi: a response to danah boyd & john palfrey

danah boyd and John Palfrey would like us to stop bullying Dharun Ravi.

Dharun Ravi, you may remember, is the young man whose Rutgers University dorm-mate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide days after Ravi apparently used his computer to record, watch, and tweet about Clementi’s sexual encounters with another man. Here are the details as boyd and Palfrey explain them:

What seems apparent is that Clementi asked Ravi to have his dormroom to himself on two occasions – September

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I sit here crocheting: the (genderqueer) female academic

I’m taking a class this semester called “advanced pedagogy: gender and sexualities.” The class is offered by my university’s Communications and Culture program, and so far it’s less focused on pedagogy than it is on gender and sexualities, which makes it different but not bad.

In fact, the assumptions held by the instructor and students, nearly all of whom have some background in gender studies and/or queer theory, have enabled me to let my hackles settle down … Read more

bisexuality: we’re doing it wrong.

am I bisexual?There’s an interesting post on Feministe from an excellent writer named Shoshie on the dilemma of how to be bisexual when you’re in a committed, monogamous relationship. Shoshie writes that she’s liked girls for as long as she’s liked boys, even though she didn’t come out as bisexual (“well, actually,” she writes, “pansexual”) until she was in her early twenties. And by the time she had gotten comfortable with her orientation, she was already dating the man who would … Read more

new QUILTBAG resources

Here at Indiana University, I’ve been participating in a really neat program called the GLB Speakers Bureau: Our Stories, Our Lives. This program works from an assumption that a lot of misconceptions about non-heterosexual orientation stem from a lack of exposure to actual queers. So what does this program do? It brings the queers. Sits them right down at the front of a classroom and asks them to talk about their experience.

It’s a cool program, and one that … Read more

request from AERA Queer Studies SIG for gender-neutral bathrooms

Lately, and for lots of reasons, I’ve been spending most of my blogging energy on gender and queer identity and less energy on posts about education and educational research. But something happened today that combined my interests in these areas: A Special Interest Group of which I am a member has formally requested gender neutral restrooms at the upcoming annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

By permission of Caitlin Ryan, the membership chair of the AERA Queer Read more

why I identify as genderqueer

Here are some things I told a class of undergraduates this morning:

  • When I was a kid, I was never sure which pronouns–she/her/hers or he/him/his–applied to me.
  • When I was a kid, I was often confused about which public restroom to use.
  • When classes or teams were split into boys vs. girls, I wasn’t always sure which side to join.
  • I let people use feminine pronouns and refer to me as a ‘girl’ because that’s what they seemed
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