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Aired Feb 9, 2023

The NBJC Reminds Us That #BlackHistoryIsQueerAF

In honor of Black History Month, and in response to attacks on inclusive curriculum, the National Black Justice Coalition has launched a new campaign called Black History is Queer AF. We encourage you to check out and share the videos and digital assets available at beenhere.org. As you share, be sure to tag @NBJContheMove!

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, February 9. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!

Article: Ron DeSantis Wants to Erase Black History. Why?

Source: New York Times

Author: Janai Nelson

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What did you know about the “Stop WOKE” and “Don’t Say Gay” bills passed in Florida in recent years, before reading this article? Where did you learn that information?
  2. In your opinion, why are bills like this being introduced and passed in state legislatures? What are proponents of bills like this trying to accomplish? Do you think that there’s any merit to their arguments? Why or why not?
  3. What can you do, as an ally, to demonstrate your support for teachers, librarians, school officials, and students who are pushing back against book bans and the rejection of inclusive curriculum?

About Our Guests: 

Victoria Kirby York (VKY), Director Of Public Policy And Programs, National Black Justice Coalition

Bonus Resources: Check out “College Board Cuts Queer, Feminist Authors and BLM from AP African American Studies Curriculum” from them.us by Samantha Riedel and these resources from the National Black Justice Coalition’s new campaign #BlackHistoryIsQueerAF.

Something to Talk About Live is a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each week we offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter.