Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution! is the perfect way to start a conversation with kid about important topics like gender, activism, police, and social justice. We have created resources that will help you talk to the children you love, even if you don’t know much about Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson.
Included in Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution! are fun facts, timelines, and background information designed for young readers, as well as activities and art project instructions for parents and teachers. Below find additional resources that will help you talk about gender and transgender history with confidence.
A glossary for kids, parents, teachers, and librarians
On the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, author Joy Ellison reflects on why we need to talk about transgender history with children. When I was looking for a publisher for Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution! The Story of the Trans Women of Color Who Made Lgbtq+ History, one question haunted me. Is it age … Continue reading Celebrate Pride by talking to your children about transgender history
Wondering how to talk to your children about transgender history, gender, police, and activism? Last year, Teshika Silver and I gave a workshop on just that topic to the Family Equality Council. We talked about our approach to making transgender history accessible to young readers, the art of Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution!, and … Continue reading Using Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution! to talk about trans history: a digital workshop
Parents, when you make mistakes, let your trans kids be angry with you. That’s what I wish I had said to the person who asked me if I had any advice about caring for transgender children. I’m hesitant to give out parenting advice. Raising a child is the sort of enterprise you survive rather than … Continue reading My only piece of advice for the parents of trans kids
Recently, I introduced a new feature called “teachable trans history,” designed to make it easier for community educators, activists, scholars, and classroom teachers to share transgender history. I am compiling primary sources, videos, and other resources you can use to bring transgender history to life. This time, I’m covering Sylvia Rivera. First things first: huge … Continue reading Teachable Trans History: Sylvia Rivera
Transgender history is filled with examples of transgender people helping each other survive. These projects of mutual support are some of our community’s most powerful forms of resistance. Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson are two such revolutionaries whose thinking can guide our movement. Together, Rivera and Johnson founded the organization STAR, which remains an … Continue reading Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, Guiding Stars
The Stonewall Riots are often described as the beginning of the LGBT movement, but nothing could be further from the truth. Transgender and queer people have been resisting state violence long before 1968. Here are five ways that transgender and queer people in New York City supported each other and resisted state violence before the … Continue reading Four ways that Transgender and Queer People Supported Each Other before Stonewall
If we want liberation, then we need activists, scholars, teachers, and everyone else to teach trans history. That’s why I’m launching a new feature on this blog: teachable trans history. I’ll be sharing primary sources, videos, and other resources that will give you everything you need to learn about transgender liberation movement and teach it … Continue reading Teachable Trans History: Marsha P. Johnson