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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.