Link Love and a challenge update

Banned queer books quietly disappear (Paired action: Donate to Donors Choose classroom trying to get LGBT books to kids OR write your local school board/principal/public library to support diverse books. Here’s scripts. )  I saw this in action at our local public library… they very briefly had “Who is Ru Paul” on their front page and it quietly disappeared from the catalog.  I made sure to request “Who was Harvey Milk” before it could similarly disappear.

Teacher anti-CRT bills, a state-by-state guide (Paired action: Donate to Donors Choose classroom trying to get diverse books to kids OR write your local school board/principal/public library to support diverse books. Here’s scripts. )

Charter schools can’t escape gag laws

Shannon Hale with ideas for what you can do in your local district (the replies are also full of ideas).

How police departments hunt down and silence internal whistleblowers to cover up misconduct with impunity.

Parents against mask mandates bombard school districts with sham legal claims

Not sure what to do to help LGBTQ+ kids across the country? This twitter feed from Equality Texas has suggestions for across the country, not just Texas. But Texas kids could also use a little extra support right now.  (See below for more paired actions!)

pep talk by rabbi danya r

Are we all really burning out?

How to make yourself work when you just don’t want to

18. Wrote 10 postcards to encourage voters in Indian River, FL to vote by mail through Postcardstovoters.org.  (Used burgundy vintage Sarasa.)
19. Voted in the Democratic Primary.  (Not much was contested.)
20. Sent around email to undergraduate majors with information on how to vote in the primary and where to find information about the candidates.
21. Sent $25 to Donors choose classroom (not in CA, MA, or NY) that had LGBTQ books
22. Sent $25 to Donors choose classroom (not in CA, MA, or NY) that had LGBTQ books
23. Sent $25 to Donors choose classroom (not in CA, MA, or NY) that had books for trans gender kids.
24. Bought rainbow t-shirt that I plan to wear to work for casual Fridays when it gets here.
25. Donated $25 to Equality Texas.
26. Donated $25 to transtexas (they had “any” as a choice for gender option :) )
27. Donated $25 to The Trevor Project


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11 Responses to “Link Love and a challenge update”

  1. Maya Says:

    Thank you so much for this! Resources for Texas trans kids are especially appreciated. One of the resources I’ve seen is a Google doc for families in Texas who need to move. While I’m glad it exists for families in direct danger, I’m not sure it addresses the problem head on.

  2. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life Says:

    Thanks for sharing your list and links! I’m doing my donations this morning and will also share in my next Friday post too. @popelizbet is also fundraising to help trans people get a name change petition filed: https://twitter.com/popelizbet/status/1497361884122689538

  3. Debbie M Says:

    Thanks for the shares and the continuing progress on your challenge!

    I have written an email to my local school district about book banning because of this post. I found an article where they refused to hand over a list of books as requested by some Representative, saying their entire catalog is already online, so I think they’re on the side against book banning. But I still wrote in support.

    Yes, that potato vlog is now in my top three cooking videos. Even though I don’t make my potatoes that way and don’t want to. And I want to give him tongs. Or some kind of thin protective gloves where you can still feel things without it hurting.

    That article on how to make yourself do stuff is interesting. I have an online friend who really hates #2 (when other people don’t do things because they don’t feel motivated). He lived with undiagnosed depression for decades and didn’t even want to get out of bed, but he just did what he had to do anyway. He has such a good point–if he can do way more than me while suffering from depression, I could probably do better.

  4. K Says:

    Dangerous times. Thank you for your work
    I fell like I am not doing enough but….I try in small ways
    Wanna scream at people in my daily life to, wake the F up! But I don’t
    Anon in mass


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