This has been an eventful year for the LGBT community. We rejoiced over political victories, mourned the losses of individuals young and old, and saw the rise of activism in more ways than ever.
Here’s a look at some of the most important things that happened this year, and how they’ll affect the…
Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.
“Gender is something relevant to all of us because we all express gender. You may or may not be transgender. You may or may not know a transgender child. The truth is that doesn’t matter. We are all on this planet together. Gender Now is meant to provide reflection and support unity by showing multiple genders standing together. It is a specific opportunity to create balance and awareness by including gender expressions that are under-represented in our current culture.”
I stumbled upon this great book recently when seeking out trans* and genderqueer resources - what a fabulous idea! The presentation makes it easy to follow for someone who is new to the idea of non-binary and trans* gender expression, with particular accessibility for young people. I love how it is gender diversity positive and body-positive, with lines like “There are LOTS AND LOTS of different types of bodies. This means there are LOTS AND LOTS of different ways to feel like a girl or boy or simply a person on the inside of your body. In fact, there are so many different bodies and ways to feel inside your body what we really need are more words than just boy and girl.” Cute and whimsical illustrations. Bear in mind that the terminology is not always technical or preferable - the intention is to make these concepts easy to grasp and fun to learn about. Also available in a classroom version. Highly recommended!
A college in Texas is being sued for refusing to interview a candidate for a teaching position because administrators discovered she is gay.
Jacqueline Gill is a Ph.D. student and a former high school teacher who was hired as a temporary instructor in 2009 at Tarrant County College. She was told at the time that temporary teachers generally transition to permanent positions.
Though Gill was generally considered a talented and dedicated teacher, she was falsely accused of “flirting with girls in class,” a rumor spread by a student in retaliation after Gill punished the student for academic dishonesty.
The department chair told her that the school “does not like homosexuals.” Towards the end of her contract, she was not allowed to interview for a permanent teaching position. Now she’s suing the school, being co-represented by Lambda Legal and another attorney.
“I’m a good teacher and I work hard,” Gill said in a statement Thursday. “But none of that mattered once Eric Devlin suspected that I’m a lesbian. While I have never hidden my sexual orientation, neither have I ever told anyone on campus that I am gay. My partner and I have been together for over 12 years and we’re both Texas natives. Finding a job these days is hard enough — no one should have to go through something like this.”
Tarrant County College is right next to us. The outright prejudice held in this state appalls me at times.
Medical students may not be receiving the training they need to care for LGBT patients, according to a recent study.
A new survey of U.S. and Canada medical school deans found med schools spend an average of five hours total teaching LGBT-related health. As many as 33 percent provide no LGBT health information during clinical training, when students gain hands-on experience, and 4 percent provide no LGBT health training at all.
The number of hours spent on LGBT health does show a slight increase from previous years, but it’s hardly enough. The health issues taught range from mental health to risk of STDs among the gay community.
“This survey confirms what we have said all along: Health professional training schools in general do not adequately address LGBT health needs,” said Hector Vargas, executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, a nonprofit which aims to combat homophobia in the medical profession.
The Huffington Post article above has a lot more information about this new and important finding. Let’s hope enough people talk about this that we’ll see some changes soon.