This description is very long, but it has some valuable information so I've divided it up into four parts:
1. A blog post I wrote applying some of this information to working in schools
2. Definitions of key terms I use in the video
3. The references I used
4. Additional reading suggestions for anyone interested in learning more about queer theory
1. If you are interested in social work or education, I also wrote a blog post that specifically focused on how we can apply some of this information to working with transgender and gender non-conforming children in schools:
2. There are a few terms in this video that may be unfamiliar to some people watching so I’ve included the definition for some of those words here:
• Cisgender: a person whose gender identity and gender expression align with sex assigned at birth (APA, 2012)
• Queer (as an adjective/noun): an umbrella term that individuals may use to describe a sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression that does not conform to dominant societal norms. Note: This word has historically been used as a term of abuse directed towards the LGBTQ+ community, but today it has reclaimed as a neutral/positive word, particularly by the younger generation (APA, 2012)
• Sex: a person’s biological status and is typically categorized as male, female, or intersex (APA, 2012)
• Sexuality: the sex of those to whom one is sexually and romantically attracted (APA, 2012)
• Gender: the attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that a given culture associates with a person’s biological sex (APA, 2012)
• Privilege/Oppression: https://everydayfeminism.com/2014/09/what-is-privilege/
o This article gives a great intro to these topics if you aren’t totally clear on what they mean
American Psychological Association. (2012). Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients. American Psychologist, 67(1), 10–42. doi: 10.1037/a0024659
Barker, M-J., & Scheele, J. (2016). Queer: A graphic history. London: Icon Books, Ltd. Pages, pp. 1-22; 25-50; 79-90.
Cohen, C. J. (1997). Punks, bulldaggers, & welfare queens: The radical potential of queer politics? GLQ: Gay and Lesbian Quarterly, 3, 437-465.
Jagose, A. (1996). Queer theory: An introduction. NYU Press. Chapter One: Introduction and Chapter Seven: Queer.
Hicks, S., & Jeyasingham, D. (2016). Social work, queer theory and after: A genealogy of sexuality theory in neo-liberal times. British Journal of Social Work, 46(8), 2357-2373.
4. If you are interested in reading more about queer theory, these are some of my favorite articles that I read in my queer theory class:
- Anzaldúa, G. (1991). To(o) queer the writer--Loca, escritora y chicana. In B. Warland (Ed.) InVersions: Writing by Dykes, Queers &
Lesbians. (249-263). Vancouver, BC: Press Gang Publishers.
- Forfa, A. (2016). invite in. go steady crazy. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 5(3), 12-17.
- Imarisha, W. (2015, February 11). Rewriting the future: Using science fiction to re-envision justice. Bitch Media. Retrieved from https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/rewriting-the-future-prison-abolition-science-fiction
- Lorde, A. (1984) "Age, race, class, and sex: Women redefining difference." Cultural Politics 11 : 374-380.
- Reck, J. (2009). Homeless gay and transgender youth of color in San Francisco: ‘No one likes street kids’—Even in the Castro. Journal of LGBT Youth, 6(2-3), 223-242.
- Spade, D. & Dector, H. (2016, February 6). Queer dreams and nonprofit blues: Understanding the nonprofit industrial complex. Retrieved from http://www.deanspade.net/2016/02/28/queer-dreams-and-nonprofit-blues/