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.
Tu B’Av was once a day when unwed women of Jerusalem dressed in white and congregated in local vineyards to dance in the name of finding love (also, something about a grape harvest). Since then, the day has developed into what we know in 2015 as the Jewish Valentine’s Day – a time to celebrate love in any form and any stage, while wearing any color. Still, as I think about this upcoming Tu B’Av, I wonder about those women in white.
This week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission declared that workplace discrimination against LGBTQ employees is barred, citing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
On June 26th, the United States’ LGBT+ community and its allies celebrated a monumental victory when same-sex marriage was deemed a constitutional right in all 50 states. Across the country, streets filled with rainbow flags and celebratory chants that could be heard for miles. While this is certainly a time for celebration, I hope allies of the LGBT+ community are not too quick to move on to another hot-button social issue and call this one a success.