Pride Month Learning

Here at Point Made, we try to stay informed and educated about anything and everything addressing equity and inclusion. To that end, we recently started an internal newsletter that is turning out to be really helpful. Call us “nerdy,” but we really do try to learn something new everyday. 🤓 We’re pretty sure you — our wonderful community of equity-focused educators and learners — feel the same way so we’ve decided to share.

In honor of Pride this month, we’re focused mostly on the latest information and resources that will equip us to do better in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. 

Let us know what else we need to know (send us a direct message here).

And, if we may, a request: If you learn anything new or useful in this newsletter, will you please share it with at least one other person? 

Here’s to learning something new, together. 

WHO TO FOLLOW THIS MONTH
Raquel Willis is a black, queer, transgender activist, and the Executive Editor of Out Magazine.

Lambda Legal is the largest national legal organization litigating and advocating for LGBTQ+ people.  

Sydney Freeland is a Navajo trans woman, filmmaker and activist dedicated to creating equity in entertainment. 

NEW TERMS
SAAB: An acronym, commonly used online, for “sex assigned at birth” when referring to a trans person. 

Mx.: In place of Mr., Ms., etc. for someone who does not identify as a man or woman or whose gender identity might shift (ex. Mx. Smith) 

QPOC: An acronym that stands for Queer Person of Color or Queer People of Color.

Cissexism: The belief or behavior that transgender identified genders are inferior to, or less authentic than those of cisgender.

Cisgender: Describes a person whose gender identity corresponds with the sex the person was assigned at birth. 

Check out this comprehensive list of the latest terminology as it relates to the LGBTQ+ community.

WHAT THE….?!!
What’s the deal with Incels? Check out the latest New York Magazine articleabout Incels (involuntary celibates) and “chads” (the pinnacle of masculinity in the Incel community). While this topic is creepy, disturbing, and a bit confusing, it’s something to be aware of as this internet-based group uses hate speech and sometimes even violent acts to target women and LGBTQ+ folks. There’s a lot to try and get our heads around and this podcast that goes in depth on the topic is a great start: Stuff Mom Never Told You; “Involuntary Celibacy.”

SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU SMILEThe Mayor of Mexico City drops gender-specific school uniforms for public schools.  “Boys can wear skirts if they want and girls can wear trousers if they want,” Mayor Sheinbaum said. She added that the measure would create “a condition of equality, of equity”. 

LISTEN UP!Stuff Mom Never Told You: A biweekly podcast focused on intersectional feminism, gender and sexuality. Their recent episode on asexuality was super enlightening! 

Making Gay History: A monthly podcast that tells the stories of largely forgotten LGBTQ+ heroes of history. Their recent Stonewall episode reminds us of the importance of Pride and giving credit where credit is due.


LOOK DEEPER: RACE CIRCLES
If you’re anything like us, you are always looking for ways to talk about race and racism in more meaningful ways with the people in your communities. Well, we’re pretty excited about an online program we’ve created to help you dive into those conversations. 

Look Deeper: Race is an interactive digital experience built around our documentary I’m Not Racist… Am I? and we want you and your friends, neighbors, colleagues, fellow worshippers, book clubbers, and family members to go through the program and then get together and talk about it in Look Deeper: Race circles.

Starting in September, we’ll provide you with facilitation guides, discussion questions, and support from our network of facilitators. Plus, we are going to kick these circles off with a series of live webinar events hosted by a few of your favorite rockstar equity experts. Stay tuned for details later this summer. And be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook to get updates. Start thinking now about who you’ll invite to join you in looking deeper!
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