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Rainbow Summer: Exploring Identity with LGBTQ+ Young Adult Literature

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Rainbow Summer is a revolutionary reading community experience for educators and caregivers (parents and guardians included).

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Join two dynamic educators – shea wesley martin and Jess Lifshitz – for an amazing summer of reading, discussion, and unpacking identity and liberatory teaching strategies in community! Rainbow Summer is for educators and caregivers seeking to build community, read fantastic books, and explore ways to discuss gender and sexuality (along with other identity markers) with youth. This space is welcome to all educators and caregivers (broadly defined). Space is limited!

What?

  • A summer book club for educators and caregivers interested in…
  • Learning more about how to teach/talk about gender and sexuality in classrooms
  • Reading amazing YA books and discussing them with educators
  • Building community
  • Preparing assignments/curriculum based on summer reading books
  • Learning how to make the case for LGBTQ+ books in curriculum and libraries

When?

Every other Monday beginning June 21, 2021 (6/21, 7/5, 7/19, 8/2, 8/16). We will meet from 6pm to 8pm ET / 5pm to 7pm CT.

  • Meeting 1: Introductions and Building Our Space
  • Meeting 2: King and the Dragonflies
  • Meeting 3: Juliet Takes A Breath
  • Meeting 4: Anger Is A Gift
  • Meeting 5: Black Flamingo

Where?

Rainbow Summer will occur virtually with guiding questions and resources delivered on a virtual platform and meetings held on Zoom.

How?

Throughout the summer, community members will read four amazing LGBTQ+ YA titles. With each book, facilitators will provide guiding questions, journal prompts, and paired texts for further exploration. As a group, the community will gather five times to discuss assigned books, reflections, and how we might discuss book themes/topics with youth and colleagues.

The cost of Rainbow Summer participation is $100 with two additional options available for those suffering from financial hardship and those who may want to contribute more to support Jess and shea’s work. The cost of participation does not include books. When you register, we’ll send you a list of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ owned bookstores we recommend using to purchase your books!

Why?

LGBTQ+ Young Adult literature provides a wonderful entry point into unpacking identity and building inclusive communities rooted in affirmation, critical analysis, and allyship. More importantly, LGBTQ+ YA texts allow educators and students alike to reckon with societal norms for gender and sexuality. Let’s be honest – sometimes educators and caregivers avoid teaching LGBTQ+ YA, discussing gender and seuxality, and unpacking identity because we haven’t done it ourselves. With this space, we hope to allow folks to do just that! Now more than ever, LGBTQ+ youth deserve to be affirmed, supported, and loved unconditionally AND that’s why we’re here.

Who?

shea wesley martin (they/them) is a fat, Black, queer, non-binary writer based in the mountains of Vermont. they write about the joy, pain, and triumph of being Black, queer, and not-quite-woman in and beyond this world. a freelance educator, they also research, consult, and write about creating and sustaining liberatory learning spaces. their work is explicitly rooted in radical love, antiracist pedagogy, and seeking justice and liberation through intersectional coalition-building in schools and communities. shea is the co-founder of the Liberate and Chill* Collective, serves as co-facilitator of Love and LiteraTea for LGBTQ+ Youth, and runs the Anonymous Teacher Speaks Project. You may learn more about shea’s work here.

Jess Lifshitz (she/her) is a fifth-grade literacy teacher dedicated to finding ways to teach students how to use reading and writing as a way to better understand the world they are living in and fight to make that world a better and more just place to live. A previous Heinemann fellow and nationally recognized elementary educator, Jess is a current member of the advisory board for the Center for AntiRacist Education. A leader in all her forms, Jess has been teaching in elementary classrooms for 17 years and routinely blogs about her work with her students.

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Organizer Shea Martin

Organizer of Rainbow Summer: Exploring Identity with LGBTQ+ Young Adult Literature

Shea Martin is a teacher, researcher, and writer living in Jacksonville, Florida. 

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