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Life Skills

Black LGBTQIA+ Social Hour

In this ongoing class, Black/African-American LGBTQIA+ students will socialize with each other to talk about topics related to the intersection of these identities.
Jarrett McDowell
140 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 10 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Class Experience

Students will learn about influential Black LGBTQIA+ people from history. 
Students will also learn more about different identities in the LGBTQIA+  spectrum as they share and talk with each other. 
As a Black member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I am familiar with many of the feelings and obstacles that African-Americans have when discussing the intersections of race and sexuality or gender identity. I work hard to stay aware of current news involving the Black trans community. I enjoy learning and talking about the impact of Black LGBTQIA+ people in American history because oftentimes their stories are erased even though their impacts are not. 
I will ask for one student volunteer each month to prepare a brief presentation that discusses an influential person who is Black and LGBTQIA+. 
If your learner volunteers to prepare a brief presentation, then they will need some form of a presentation software like PowerPoint or Openoffice.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Swearing- Some of the content in the class may use swear words, especially in videos and music in the classroom. Some learners might also use swear words when talking as well. 

Sex Work- There may be discussions around sex work as it is a common part of many people's lives who are Black and LGBTQ. When discussions of sex work come up, I will treat it as a job that some people had to do to survive while also recognizing that some people choose to get into sex work. We will mainly discuss sex work in class as a way to better understand the life experiences of the person we are discussing for that week. 

Mental Health- Some class discussions about Black LGBTQIA+ figures may touch on suicide, depression, among other mental health matters.  My stance is that mental health should not ever be stigmatized and we will talk about mental health as a way to better understand the experiences of the person we are discussing for the week. If students share that they are having mental health concerns personally, I will encourage them to seek out an adult in their personal life that they can trust since I am not a certified counselor and I will message their parent and Outschool Safety.

Racism, Religion, and Politics- As we talk about these queer Black figures and their roles in society and history, we may touch on how certain politics, or religious beliefs, and racism affected them. In terms of religious beliefs, we will only look at how the person in question describes how their religious background influenced them. 

Discrimination and Hate crimes- Sometimes our discussions may touch on hate crimes, LGBTQIA+-phobia, and other types of discrimination. We will discuss this from the perspective of the person we are discussing for the week. 


Jarrett McDowellA Rockhounding Language Lover!
140 total reviews
77 completed classes

About Me

I am a fossil and language lover. I love talking about natural history just as much as I love to talk about languages. I believe we can learn a lot about our natural environment from fossils, just as much as we can learn about culture and history... 
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