Opening Remarks: There Is A Queer Agenda: Fullying Embracing The Humanity of Our LGBTQIA Youth. Creating Brave Inclusive Care Communities for LGBTQIA Students & Staff by Craig Martin
I am elated to stand with each of you today as a proud Queer Black Male Educator, Leader, Husband, Brother, and Friend. It is my privilege and honor to share this sacred space with you today.
We are here today because the beauty of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual members of our human family find our light threatened by those who have yet to hold our being in the regard its due.
Today, we are coming together to continue the conversations we are having in our brave care spaces, our homes, with our confidants, or even in the sanctity of our minds and hearts. I am hopeful that we are able to experience curiosity, care, courage, empathy, and cheer as our panel shares anecdotes, insights, and sorrows that clothe their journeys through time and space.
As you settle in, hold close–dear loved ones who need your affirmation, tenderness, and consideration as they navigate an incredibly complex existence that few truly understand. Beloved Writer and Thought Leader, James Baldwin, said: “Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”Our explorations in discourse should raise, in honor, wonderful beings like
And so many more whom we could share in admiration today…
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I’ll close with words that inspires my heart to keep pushing harder especially for members of the LGBTQIA community:
“I am deliberate and afraid of nothing,"--Audre Lorde
May we find ourselves emboldened to take intentional steps towards acceptance, equity, justice, and liberation.
Welcome to our panel!
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uliVkUWYrZ0
Resource Links & Panelists Bios: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BT5_edio7oWGGmGeGoJMkaEJaWcqui0hZHMU_0dgTmg/edit
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Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, Report & Recommendations 2021. Retrieved on 12.7.21 from: https://www.mass.gov/doc/mclgbtqy-annual-recommendations-fy-2022/download
Mastroianni, Brian. “LGBTQ Youth are Still Experiencing High Rates of Bullying In-Person & Online”. Retrieved on 12.7.21 from:
Will, Madeline. “LGBTQ Teachers Await Decision On Discrimination Protections.” January 2020.
Retrieved on 12.8.21 from: https://www.edweek.org/policy-politics/lgbtq-teachers-await-decision-on-discrimination-protections/2020/01