Part 3 in this series features Shelly Weiss, the queer, Jewish, genderfluid lifelong political activist and founder of OUTmedia, as our subject of intergenerational advocacy. OUTmedia’s global commitment to groundbreaking representations of LGBTQQIA and multicultural talents in mainstream media culture started with Shelly’s early commitment to communication and representation as a form of advocacy. In this last installment, Shelly shares her vision for the future.
Given the rise of today’s growing youth-led LGBTQ movements, there seems to be a divide between where we have been and where we find ourselves now — a divide growing deeper by the decade. The melding of intergenerational history has been sorely lacking from my perspective as a rising activist, and I see great value in connecting the dots, learning from the movements that came before us, and re-contextualizing history.
New schools, classmates, and teachers can cause anxiety as the school year is getting ready to start. As parents, we need to be proactive and advocate for our LGBTQ children to ensure a safe learning environment.
September is just around the corner, which means a new academic year is approaching. But schools aren’t always the ideal space for self-expression, and for some folks in the LGBT community, that could bring on some anxiety. There has been a national push for LGBT equality lately, and you — students, teachers, administrators— can help bring social justice to schools.
Our hearts are heavy.