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Young, Bubbly, and Black: The Affective Performance of Black Girlhood in Kirsten Childs’s The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin

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White People: This Is How To Check Your Privilege When Asking People of Color For Their Labor by Sophia Stephens

A wonderful article that acts as a reminder that feminism should be intersectional.

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Where Are All the Bisexuals?

by Emily White, Howlround

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When Broadway Was Black: The Triumphant Story of the All-Black Musical That Changed the World

When Broadway Was Black is the story of how Sissle and Blake, along with comedians Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles, overcame poverty, racism, and violence to harness the energy of the Harlem Renaissance and produce a runaway Broadway hit that launched the careers of many of the twentieth century's most beloved Black performers.

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"Welcome to the Anti-Racism Movement - Here's What You've Missed" by Ijeoma Oluo.

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Vocal Colour in Blue: Early Twentieth-Century Black Women Singers as Broadway’s Voice Teachers

This essay invokes a line of historical singing lessons that locate blues singers Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters in the lineage of Broadway belters. Contesting the idea that black women who sang the blues and performed on the musical stage in the early twentieth century possessed “untrained” voices—a pervasive narrative that retains currency in present-day voice pedagogy literature—I argue that singing is a sonic citational practice.

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The Wiz Redux; or, Why Queer Black Feminist Spectatorship and Politically Engaged Popular Entertainment Continue to Matter

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The Wildcard Workbook: A Practical Guide for Jokering Forum Theatre

A resource for facilitators of all kinds looking for new ways to bring fun, creativity, and critical thinking into their work. Written by experienced Jokers from Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC), this workbook is a graphic, interactive, and accessible guide to inspire and support facilitation and difficultation in many contexts.

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The Realities Of Being A Gay Woman Working In Theatre

by Hannah Hauer-King, Elle Magazine

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The Erasure of Black Excellence in 1970s Musical Theatre

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The Butches and Studs Who’ve Defied the Male Gaze and Redefined Culture

“BUTCH” HAS LONG been the name we’ve given a certain kind — that kind — of lesbian. The old adage applies: You know her when you see her.

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The Boys in the Band Get to Broadway. Why Not the Girls?

by Elisabeth Vincentcelli. “The discrepancy between the visibility of gay men and the invisibility of gay women is frustration, but sadly not all that surprising.”

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Theatre Artists with Disabilities are Ready, Willing, and, Yes, Able

by Allison Considine, American Theatre Magazine

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The American Musical in Black and White

Essay by Alyssa Taubin - how race relations in the United States directly affected the development of musical theatre

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The ABCs of LGBT+ by Ash Mardell

The ABCs of LGBT+ is a #1 Bestselling LGBT book and is essential reading for questioning teens, teachers or parents looking for advice, or anyone who wants to learn how to talk about gender identity and sexual identity.

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Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg

Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinberg’s 1993 first novel, is widely considered in and outside the U.S. to be a groundbreaking work about the complexities of gender. The 20th Anniversary Author’s Edition of Stone Butch Blues is available as a free PDF copy here.

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Stealing the Herd

by Ring of Keys Member Carolyn Gage, Howlround

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How and Why to Use LGBTQ+ Inclusive Language in Psychology.

In this guidebook, we raise awareness and help inform readers and mental health professionals about inclusive language best practices, why inclusive language is crucial for people's mental health, and how the LGBTQ+ community can be affected by the language we choose to use in our practice and daily communication. We worked with David Alonzo, a GLSEN certified professional development facilitator, to create this in-depth resource and to provide our readers with the best tips for developing inclusive language skills.

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GLSEN’s Journals & Books List

GLSEN's research staff regularly contribute to peer-reviewed academic journals, practitioner publications and books. Their articles and book chapters take an in-depth look at a variety of LGBTQ topics in K-12 education. Journal articles are often accessible via university libraries or your local public library.

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Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein

Gender Outlaw was decades ahead of its time when it was first published in 1994. Now, some twenty-odd years later, this book stands as both a classic and a still-revolutionary work—one that continues to push us gently but profoundly to the furthest borders of the gender frontier.

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