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Jeannie Gainsburg Discusses LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Allyship in Education

Season 11, Ep. 17

About the Guest(s):


Jeannie Gainsburg is an LGBTQ+ advocate and author. She has been actively involved in LGBTQ+ inclusion for over 15 years and has worked with various organizations to promote equality and acceptance. Jeannie is passionate about creating inclusive spaces and educating others on allyship.


Episode Summary:


In this episode, Tim Villegas interviews Jeannie Gainsburg, an LGBTQ+ advocate and author. They discuss their personal journeys to becoming allies and the importance of disability and LGBTQ+ inclusion. Jeannie shares her experiences and insights on being an effective ally, including tips for respectful conversations and using gender-neutral language. They also discuss the evolving nature of LGBTQ+ initialisms and the significance of pronouns in creating inclusive spaces.


Also in this episode, Tim Villegas and Tasslyn Magnusson (PEN America) discuss the recent trend of book banning in schools. They discuss the current state of book banning, its impact on marginalized communities, and what educators can do to fight against it. They also touch on the importance of student involvement and the power of storytelling.


Transcript: https://otter.ai/u/PvzH-RQidgOHvbKrA_D-hHsWLG8


Key Takeaways:


  • Jeannie Gainsburg and Tim Villegas both came to disability and LGBTQ+ inclusion advocacy later in life but were motivated by the injustice and discrimination they witnessed.
  • Being an ally means actively supporting and advocating for marginalized communities, such as the LGBTQ+ communities and people with disabilities.
  • It is important to use inclusive language and respect people's pronouns to create a welcoming and inclusive environment.
  • Allyship is an ongoing journey, and it is important to be open to learning, making mistakes, and continuously educating oneself.
  • Educators play a crucial role in providing quality instruction and creating an inclusive learning environment for students.


Resources:


The Savvy Ally: https://amzn.to/3uarECD

Website: https://www.savvyallyaction.com/

Banned in the USA: The Mounting Pressure to Censor: https://pen.org/report/book-bans-pressure-to-censor/


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