Author Archives: Elizabeth Ortega

Sex and Health Education (elizabeth)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Sexual health and healthy relationships is something all people, especially young people deserve. In this class I will do my best to be inclusive of a wide variety of genders, sexualities, experiences, and perspectives and focus on the real world and real life experiences.

Relationships and sexuality is a life long journey of learning about ourselves. Here in this class, I want to create a space where you can learn relevant information about sexual and relational health. Talking about sex and our bodies openly and honestly can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be.  It can also be enlightening, informative and exciting!

I will be utilizing two different curriculum sources. One will be Be Real. Be Ready. is SFUSD’s (San Francisco Unified School District) comprehensive relationship and sexuality curriculum for high school students. And S.E.X., second edition: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties by Heather Corinna as well as various educational media pieces and articles as they relate to the topics.

This will be a YEAR LONG CLASS.

Self Care is Important (elizabeth)

This class feels even more important than ever. Our nervous systems and hearts have been overloaded with stress, anxiety and unknowns through this woahh global pandemic experience. What better time than to find care, slow down and figure out how to be well through this time and on.

We will come together to take care of our hearts, bodies and spirits in this class and get to know each other and ourselves a little better. We will meditate, listen, breathe, write, do some yoga, stretch and create our own little sanctuary space in your rooms/homes where you can take care of yourselves best you can right now.

You become what you practice. You are what you practice. This class is for you if you would like to practice mindfulness and consistent acts of ritual to take care of yourself and find your centered place in this time.

Queer Latino Literature (elizabeth)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

This class will center upon reading the book, “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” a novel by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. This piece of literature dives into Mexican-American culture, queerness, discovery, growing up, love, family and life in the 1980’s. We will explore these themes even deeper as we read through the novel.  It has won numerous awards, including the Lambda Literary Award, the Stonewall Book Award, the Pura Belpre Narrative Medal for Latino fiction and several others.

Each week there will be reading, note taking and a couple personal projects throughout the term. We’ll be engaging in discussion, reflection and presentations.

For families and students, take a look at the novel to decide if this class and reading this book is right for you.

American Trans History (elizabeth)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

In this class we will be exploring queer/trans histories, stories, voices and experiences in the U.S. Historically, queer history, movements and people have been pushed to the side or completely erased from history. This history and these stories will take us from the 1930’s to the early 2000’s.

We will be reading Transgender History by Susan Stryker and watching key pieces of media to supplement and further inform the history. This book covers American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today.

Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II; trans radicalism and social change, which spanned from 1966 with the publication of The Transsexual Phenomenon, and lasted through the early 1970s; the mid-’70s to 1990—the era of identity politics and the changes witnessed in trans circles through these years; and the gender issues witnessed through the ’90s and ’00s.

This class will be both synchronous and asynchronous. There will be a mix of discussion, reflection, and projects.

High school only.