One thing that came out of our class discussion on April 10th was the discussion of “coming out”. The question that seems to be asked the most frequently to put this into perspective is; “when did you come out to your parents as straight?” The simple answer is that you didn’t. Being straight is something that […]Read more "Reflection: Heteronormativity"
I am a product of a law enforcement family. I am also identified as a middle class white woman. I am an “average American” by any definition of the term. I have had access to the “American dream” from the beginning. In the book Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates refers to the “Dream”. […]Read more "Worlds Apart"
While reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, I could not wrap my head around what was being said. Not because it was something I could not comprehend, but because I will never experience anything like the injustices faced by Coates. The book is written as a letter to his teenage son. Part cautionary […]Read more "One Racist Act"
In Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites, Susan Ferentinos writes about how Americans’ perceptions of homosexuality have changed over time. Her book makes it clear that there have always been LGBT Americans, but that people did not always think about homosexuality in the same way that we do now. However, Ferentinos does bring […]Read more "Reflection: Relationships and Representation"
In his book Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about the experience of being a black man and the constant fear of being killed that comes with it. He also writes about the assumptions people make about young black men that lead to this violence – how seemingly innocuous things like hoodies […]Read more "Hoods: Challenging Perceptions of Black Masculinity Through Art"
In the summer of 2015, at a family event I was attending, a family member brought up a recent debate over the right of transgender people to use their bathroom of choice. She said she didn’t understand why transgender people were so unhappy about identifying with their birth gender; she added how much she loves […]Read more "Compassion Combats Ignorance: Allies and Angels"
For twenty-two years, I thought I was straight. Looking back now, I know that this never felt “right,” but for over two decades, I never really examined why. I was born into a world that assumed I was straight. Everything and everyone around me operated under the assumption that everyone was heterosexual, at least until […]Read more "Heteronormativity in Museums: An Abominable Cycle"