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Happy Pride from Slick Chicks! With the heartbreaks and struggles this past year has brought upon our world, we think it’s important to celebrate Pride Month by educating ourselves (and others!). Below are a few educational resources that provide invaluable information and insight on the lives and experiences of those in the LGBTQIA+ community, both past and present. These resources have helped tremendously in our self-education and we hope they’ll have the same impact on you.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was originally founded in response to the rise of anti-semitism and bigotry in the United States during the Woodrow Wilson administration. Since then, their main goal has remained the same- to change the world so no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate. ADL provides an immense collection of free tools and resources for any type of audience- kids included!
Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez
Rainbow Milk follows teen Jesse McCarthy on his journey to self-discovery as he leaves his industrial hometown for the streets of London. Paul Mendez’s debut novel intimately weaves topics of sexual and racial identity, masculinity, and religious upbringing into one glorious, pivotal story.
GLADD shares stories that accelerate acceptance of and in the LGBTQIA+ community. Their media coverage spans across many different areas of the entertainment, news, and digital media industries. No topic is off limits for GLADD, so much so that the GLADD team has recently added a much-needed accountability project aimed at politicians, journalists, and other public figures.
This Jennie Livingston directed documentary focuses on the 1980’s ball culture of New York City and the different communities involved. The documentary tenderly tackles topics such as racism and poverty in the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities. Interviews from prominent drag queens of the time help to further the intimate atmosphere of the film.