Love Is Love
Today's session is Love is Love. My goal is that our girls learn what it means to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community.
Our theme this year is Good Trouble, where we are learning about the why behind the movements of the most marginalized groups. Our hope is that are girls will find their voice, find causes and movements that resonated with them, and use their voice to further champion these movements one day. We've discussed loving your own culture and appreciating other cultures without disrespect or appropriation. We discussed the Civil rights movement and how much work still needs to be done today. We've discussed how writing is also a form of using your voice and how to organize essays. Next month we cover the feminism and womanism movements. We will cover many other topics as well.
The LGBTQ+ movement for equality has been long-standing. And we must uplift everyone and the most marginalized in the Black community.
What is the LGBTQ+ Community? LGBTQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, transgender, queer and others.
When we talk about the oppression/marginalization of any group, we highlight the notable figures who have accomplished in spite of. And just as we should with every instance, please remember to uplift, celebrate, and support members of LGBTQ+ community in your own life for the strides they make daily.
Lori Lightfoot: Chicago's first ever black female mayor and its first openly LGBTQ mayor.
Andrea Jenkins: The Minneapolis councilwoman is the first black, openly transgender woman to be elected to public office in the U.S.
Amandla Stenberg: A Non-binary and queer actress and singer. They're most well-known as Rue in The Hunger Games and Madeline Whittier in Everything, Everything. They have since become a role model for young, queer and gender non-conforming people.
How to be an Ally of the LGBTQ+ Community?
Ask educated questions—and do your own research.
Don't ask questions that invades someone privacy. Do ask what you should know to be better informed and considerate to the needs of the community.
Speak up when you know something isn't right:
Don't let stereotypes and discrimination fly around you. Check them, as respectfully as you can, for saying mean and hurtful things.
Uplift those treated most insignificantly in the community:
Black transgender women are treated the most insignifacntly/are the most marginalized, in the community.
Donate to organizations that help aid the needs of the community. Here in Philly, you can donate to the William Way Community Center.