EQ: How are youth defining and deconstructing gender in 2018 and how can adults be allies to them?
Guest: Stella Keating, 8th grader in TPS, the WA state representative for the Gender Cool Project, Instagram-lover and a youth activist. Lisa Keating, My Purple Umbrella--Episode 14
Stella tells us about how she became involved in politics and activism through My Purple Umbrella’s work on in 2016 with the Anti-Trans Bill (1552 Bathroom Bill; initiative 1515). She even testified to the school board in 4th grade! She describes her involvement in the Gender Cool Project, a program that “seeks to reach every corner of the country with positive and powerful stories about who transgender kids and their peer allies are rather than what they are. We leave the labels at the door and build understanding through storytelling about the accomplishments of these remarkable young leaders.”
She shares what it means to be a “Gender Cool Champion”, what National Coming Out Day really means (raises awareness for people who don’t have to), the challenges of being a young activist, how she experiences sexism in the world, and how she really feels about Kavanaugh. And you MUST go read this article in Teen Vogue “Why Transgender Visibility Matters.”
Annie: seeing exotic animals up close
Hope: Eyeglass frames
Do your fudging homework
Annie: Educators and parents - see what support is available in your school for LGBQ+ youth and see what you can do to promote it.
Hope: Go back and listen to Episode 14; read book from Queerest Book Club Ever on FB
Lisa: Queerest Book Club Ever. Families and allies welcome. Second Monday of the month - 7-8:30 PM. Skype with authors.