A sun, an open book, Reading Rainbows

Reading Rainbows, a diversity and inclusion workshop series, gives students, faculty, and staff a space to engage with content at the intersection of LGBTQIA identity or experience.

Reading Rainbows Spring 2023

Friday, January 13

Inclusive Language: Transgender and Non-Binary Pronouns and Expressions in Foreign Language Classrooms

Presented by: Britta Kallin, she/her, Associate Professor of German Studies

12 - 1 p.m. EST, Virtual 

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Language is political, hotly contested, always evolving, and deeply personal to all people who choose the terms with which they identify themselves. To show respect and awareness of these complexities, it is important to be attentive to language and to honor and use individuals’ self-referential terms. What identity terms do we find appropriate and use for ourselves and for others? What transgender and non-binary pronouns and expressions are already available in English and languages other than English? Which pronouns do people use to indicate their trans* or non-binary identity? How can we use “they”, “she/they,” “he/they” in foreign-language classrooms?

 

Friday, February 10                                                                                                                                                        

Pirates, demons, and representation: Contemporary LGBTQ through the lens of genre 30-minute shows                               

12 - 1 p.m. EST, Virtual

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Presented by: Liz Holdsworth (they/them) and Mack Freeman (he/him), GT Librarians

LGBTQ+ television has taken off in the 21st century. As tropes evolve, representation and storylines create a more inclusive view of the queer community. This talk examines current tropes and boundary breaking activities through the lens of genre-television shows that are either limited series or use the 30-minute episode format.

 

Friday, March 10                                                                                                                                                  

Imagining Queer & Trans Liberation through Sequential Narrative                         

12 - 1 p.m. EST, Virtual

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Presented by: Quinn Foster, they/them, Director of Student Organizations

Transgender representation in popular media has exploded in the last 10 years. Yet, in 2022, the U.S. witnessed 155 anti-trans bills introduced nationwide. As trans visibility rises in media, so does our exposure to violence and harm. In this talk, we’ll look at how queer and trans people have developed alternative and community-centered media that honors our whole selves, including through one surprising method: comics and sequential art. Join us as we explore how queer and trans artists have used comics allow us to “see” our authentic selves and advance progress for LGBTQIA liberation.

Accessibility

For group readings:

We post these readings as PDFs online at the start of the semester. Please notify us if you find a reading is not screen-reader compatible or if you would like us to provide a large-print hard copy in advance. 

For workshops:

The formats vary between workshops but may include PowerPoint slides, videos, handouts, and discussions. PowerPoint slides will be viewable during the presentation through screen sharing.

Please notify us in advance if you would like to receive a digital or large print copy of the slides and handouts or if you need the videos to be captioned or transcribed. 

*If additional accommodations are needed/desired, please email Tegra Myanna.