Reading Rainbows gives faculty and staff a space to engage with difficult yet important discussions about identity.
In spring 2019, staff from the LGBTQIA Resource Center will facilitate three workshops, each focused on a different diversity and inclusion topic.
As space in the workshops is limited, please only RSVP for the workshops that you plan to attend. You can attend as many or as few as you wish. Feel free to bring your lunch. All workshops take place in the LGBTQIA Resource Center.
Fostering Family: LGBTQIA Youth in Foster Care
Wednesday, October 9 - 12-1pm
Unfortunately, LGBTQIA youth are dramatically over represented in the child welfare system. Not only are they far more likely than other youth to enter the system in the first place, but also they have worse outcomes once inside. They are more likely to be discriminated against, to be pushed out of school into the juvenile justice system, to experience homelessness, and to have difficulty accessing the medical and mental healthcare that meets their needs. In 2016, there were over 12,000 children living in Georgia’s foster care system. While we have no way of knowing exactly how many identify as LGBTQIA, research estimates that there are approximately 2,760 LGBTQIA youth in Georgia’s foster care system. All people who work, volunteer, or interact with youth in any capacity connected to Georgia’s child welfare system should know how to work effectively and respectfully with LGBTQIA youth. This workshop will help you to make life even better for LGBTQIA youth in state care.
Ethical Nonmonogamy and Polyamory
Tuesday, November 5th- 12-1pm
This session will be a panel-style format with three guest speakers: Amber DeSadier, Thomas DeSadier, and Chanee Jackson Kendall. The panelists will lead the audience through an ethical non-monogamy 101, focusing on polyamory. Panelists will go over hoesty, communication, how to get started, "safe, sane, consensual," common misconceptions, and common pitfalls.
Amber DeSadier came late to practicing ethical non-monogamy in her life, but like when she realized she was bisexual, she dove head first into learning how to do it in a safe and healthy manner. Currently, she is married to her partner of 12 years, Thomas as well as several boyfriends. At age 39, she has been teaching ethical non-monogamy for 6 years, traveling to places to teach on her own as well as teaching here in Atlanta with her husband. Amber is a Quality Assurance Analyst at GTRI CIPHER lab. In pursuing the education to become a Safe Space Facilitator, Amber realized she could approach the LGBTQIA Resource Center about bringing her experience and education to faculty, staff and students at Georgia Tech. While she does teach the basics of ethical non-monogamy, her specialization is in working through the more complicated aspects of relationships with class attendees.
Thomas DeSadier knew from a very young age that he was not a monogamous person and grew up watching Ethical Non-monogamy language and culture grow, change and mature both in secret lives and public knowledge. He has a girlfriend and four children; two whom are grown and two of whom are under the age of 4. He has been teaching ethical non-monogamy for 6 years. He brings experience as a cis-straight man, a lifetime of relationships of all types, being a father living in an unusual relationship orientation, and his passion for educating people.
Chaneè Jackson Kendall is a Black polyamorous vlogger, activist, and event planner. A 32 year old native Atlantan, she lives in a western suburb of Atlanta . Together with her coparents, she is raising the most adorable four year old in the world. She has openly identified as non-monogamous for the past decade, and polyamorous for the past 8 years. She discovered the online polyamorous community in 2012 and has been an active, and often outspoken member ever since. As the owner of several small businesses, she brings an entrepreneurial spirit to everything she does. As an Admin of Black & Poly and Young, Black & Poly, she volunteers a lot of her time to polyamorous education, outreach, and activism. Together with co-founder Cheri “Calico” Roman, she is planning the 2nd Annual Black Poly Pride; a celebration of the Black polyamorous lovestyle which will take place in Washington, D.C. June 4-7. 2020.
All three panelists are passionate about normalizing polyamory as a relationship orientation or relationship choice and are excited to embark on this journey with anyone who chooses to attend the Reading Rainbow.
All Reading Rainbows meetings take place in the LGBTQIA Resource Center in the Smithgall Student Services Building. The entrances by the Ferst Center and Parking Area 2 are accessible. The Center is right across the hall from an ADA-compliant and gender-inclusive restroom.
Participants will be seated around a table or in a circle or in rows depending on whether the session is discussion-based or workshop-based. All furniture can be moved easily, and Center staff will be available to move tables and chairs to create access for participants. None of our chairs have arms.
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. 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.