Our Stories: Nate
Our Stories: Nate
Our Stories: Kylie
The LGBTQ+ Community has had a long history of resiliency and survival in society. Whether there has been a familiarity in your lives or not, they have always been present and thriving. ‘Queer’, a term that was once used derogatorily, has been reclaimed by the LGBTQ+ Community as an empowering identifier for folks that identify under the LGBQ+ umbrella. When we are knowledgeable of the varying identities that exist within queer and trans communities, we are able to provide an inclusive and safe environment for folks that do not identify as heterosexual and cisgender. We aim to not only provide insight on the following experiences and concepts, but also celebrate the diverse roles folks belonging to this community bring into our environment.
SYSTEMS AT PLAY
Systematic Oppression can exist inside varying forms of “isms” or “phobias” the following terms are the multiple ways the queer and trans community experience violence and oppression systematically, interpersonally, ideologically, and internally:
*Cisgender: An individual whose gender aligns with how they are socially and physically perceived.
BARRIERS & ACCESS
LANGUAGE & TIPS
Approx. 50-85 minutes
Create a mask that represents the complexities of identity.
Transgender, Queer Identities, Sexuality, Gender, LGBTQ+.
|PREPARATION||- Load Nate’s Our Stories Video;|
- Load Kylie’s Our Stories Video;
- Make copies of the identity iceberg.
|REVIEW||- Check-in with your participants;|
- Review your foundations;
- Encourage participants to take notes;
- Emotionally prepare your participants.
|VIEWING||- Watch Nate and Kylie’s video as a group;|
- Remember your "During Each Lesson" tips.
|DISCUSSION||- Did you identify any Systems, Barriers and Access in Nate and Kylie’s stories?|
- Though we watched these two videos together, it is important to note that sexual identity is different from gender identity. Gender identity is separate from our sexuality. Gender is who we are, sexuality is who we love/experience attraction to:
• How do you understand sexuality?
• How do you understand gender?
• Are these things visible?
• How do they exist in your life?
• How are they a part of your identity?
|ACTIVITY||- Give each participant an identity iceberg worksheet;|
- Instruct participants to fill in their iceberg based on the parts of their identity that are:
• Visible: People could assume these things by looking at you;
• Less Visible: People could assume these things by briefly conversing with you;
• Not visible: People wouldn’t know these things about you unless you told them;
- Once everyone’s iceberg is complete, ask the following questions:
• Do you see any problems in assuming certain aspects of people’s identity based on what you see?
• Has there ever been a time where you had to correct someone’s assumption of your identity?
• How does this activity relate to the stories we heard in the videos we watched?
• How does this activity relate to the concept of "coming out"? Have you ever had to come out? Do you think it’s fair that Queer and Trans people have to "come out"?
|DEBRIEF||- Refer to "After Each Lesson" for specifics.||5-10 mins|