Global LGBTQ+ MovementsThe LGBTQ+ community has a beautiful and diverse history spanning every continent and people group in the world yet is often discussed from an exclusively Western-centric context. This course will provide an overview of LGBTQ+ movements for rights and justice, as well as modern cultural expressions of LGBTQ+ identity in every continent. From the leitis of Tonga and their fight for legal recognition to the hijra of India and their journey to gain acceptance by society despite their legal recognition, this course will offer a brief overview of the beautiful diversity of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as our ongoing struggle for recognition and safety around the world. If you are an aspiring ally of the LGBTQ+ community and enjoy learning about the history of global politics and identity then this is the course for you! Hyacinth Bellerose is a trans community organizer, poet, and aspiring abolitionist. They are the founder and director of the Friendly City Safe Space, an LGBTQ+ community center in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and the lead organizer in a regional effort to create a network of LGBTQ+ centers across Appalachia. Hyacinth is passionate about community building, liberation from binaries and systems of oppression, and social healing, and they have devoted their life to learning more about how to positively impact their community through liberation and movement work. Their debut book, 'I am the Moon: Poetry and Essays for Trans Healing and Liberation' is due to be published next year.
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