so as i mentioned in my last post, i’m seriously considering going back to grad school next year for teaching social studies at the middle or high school level. there’s obviously a number of serious considerations i need to make before going through with this, but a major one is how to be queer and be a teacher.
here’s my situation as of right now: i’m from and am currently living in portland, oregon. it’s known for being a liberal city and gay marriage was just legalized in the state. i’m planning on doing a MAT program in the city and will likely be student teaching in the city as well. that said, urban /= liberal. i’ve worked with kids before and fielded questions such as “are you a boy or a girl?” fairly regularly and am preparing myself for more involved situations/conversations when actually working in a school. i’m also accepting that i might get a job teaching in the city in a dream world, but it’s likely that i’d have to cast a wider net to suburbia or small towns.
basically what i’m looking for is anyone with experience being a queer teacher (either in urban, suburban or rural communities), how you’re dealing with it and any helpful resources on being a queer teacher or queering education.
my life in france by julia child
the english patient by michael ondaatje
calling dr. laura by nicole georges
a dance with dragons by george rr martin
rubyfruit jungle by rita mae brown
the informers by bret easton ellis
the fortress of solitude by jonathan lethem
midnight in the garden of good and evil by john berendt
fun home by alison bechdel
sister outsider by audre lorde
zami by audre lorde
just kids by patti smith
the color purple by alice walker
the yonalassee riding camp for girls by anton disclafani
fried green tomatoes by fannie flagg
the essential dykes to watch out for by alison bechdel
beloved by toni morrison (in progress)
IF ANYONE HAS ANY AWESOME BOOK SUGGESTIONS PLEASE LET ME KNOW! …i am running out of books to steal from deirdre’s house. any recommendations for queer lit (fiction or non fiction) is especially welcome.
things are pretty much great. it’s summer in Portland which means a lot of boozing outside on beaches, bluffs and patios. I am reading all the books (srsly all of them). I don’t think I’ve read so many books so fast since high school and I will probably compile a list of what I’ve read once I look at my book shelf (I cant remember all of it). right now I’m splitting my attention between beloved by Toni Morrison and the compilation of the Dykes to Watch out for comics by Alison Bechdel.
One important thing has happened over the past six months I guess. Since moving back to Portland and meeting people and finding and building a community that I never had in Seattle (and never had in California or Massachusetts or high school in Portland…or ever…) I’m really starting to feel a part of an awesome queer community and discovering what that means and my place in it and exploring my own queer identity. I’ve also been trying to make up for lost time and have been reading all the queer lit ever. Srsly though, I can’t express enough how great it feels to be surrounded by other queers (and not just gay boys) for the first time ever. I never thought it would be important or actually mean anything to me until I experienced it.
In addition to queer things,Parker & West, the vintage biz I started with my mom is going fabulously. we’re going strong on etsy and doing even better at our shop space in Portland. please take a sec to like our etsy page and support a queer lady (and her awesome mother) in the vintage/design scene. our shop is at etsy.com/shop/parkerandwest
Third life update - I’m trying to make going to grad school a thing and am hoping to apply for a masters in teaching for middle school/ high school social studies at Lewis and Clark next June. Sooo wish me luck in that endeavor.
today in portland i am finally feeling pretty settled. i have a wonderful girlfriend, a wonderful apartment, and i’m starting to build a friend group. bonus, i finally have people with whom i can hang out at a cafe and read, make dinner or bake. it’s been a long time since i’ve had friends that were more than just acquaintances and it feels really nice. that said, i could always use more friends, so if you’re in portland say hello.
now i intend to spend the rest of the night finishing my life in france and then working on finishing a dance with dragons, which will knock off two books on my extensive list of halfway finished books.
Anyone need an apartment in Portland? I will probably have a room in my apartment opening up in the next month or two.
Here’s some quick details:
I have a LARGE 2 bedroom/1 bath apartment in northeast Portland on a very popular street, within walking distance of shops/restaurants/coffee/pie/booze (if you’re seriously interested I can give you the exact location after some chatting).
You would have your own fairly large room (fits a queen bed w/plenty of room for a chair, dresser, bookcase, etc.) and share the bathroom. The rest of the apartment is pretty much furnished but you’re welcome to add your stuff if you have it. Don’t have a ton of excess stuff? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
The total rent is $1,125/month + utilities.
Your half is $562/month + utilities. This is a good deal for a 2 bed in Portland and with only one roommate.
I’m looking for someone who is:<br/>
Someone with a stable job - professional or food service - doesn’t matter
Good credit/rental history. You would be taking over the lease and need to be vetted by the apt. Management company so this is a MUST.
Someone already in Portland - no sight unseen.
If you’re interested, message me for more details.
Finally wrapped up my ridiculously stressful Christmas shopping tonight with the quickest trip to sur la table ever. Now I feel like I can finally sit back and enjoy a low-key, relaxing Christmas with my parents.
Last night I went to an early Christmas get together with Deirdre and her family. Everyone was so lovely and welcoming and since I also spent thanksgiving with them I pretty much had met everyone already. My family never does big get togethers as most of my extended family doesn’t live in Oregon and the ones that do we don’t get along with. Thus, big family things have never been something I’ve experienced, or enjoyed (in the handful I have been to). Between thanksgiving and Christmas, I am having so many warm, fuzzy feelings about being welcomed into a family that couldn’t be more sweet or welcoming to me - especially as a queer person. Honestly it’s kind of helping me understand that family can be important, which is something I never really got before.
Also I spent most of the night playing with an 11 month old baby and a kitten, so really, what more could I ask for?
good lord, the way you look at me when you think that i’m not paying attention (but really i can see you out of the corner of my eye) makes my heart feel like it’s going to burst into a million pieces (in a good way).