My project is about House Bill 616, a bill introduced to the Ohio House of Representatives. This bill seeks to ban the teaching of multiple extremely important topics, such as; Critical race theory, intersectional theory, the 1619 project, and others centered around race. This bill also attacks education on LGBTQ+ topics, and seeks to restrict what can and cannot be taught all through k-12.
From this showcase, I have learned:
1. How to break down legal jargon into something slightly more understandable as I read through these bills and processed them myself.
2. How to cope with stress a bit better.
3. How to cope with frustration and continue working through whatever was frustrating.
As a trans and queer person these bills directly influence not only myself but my entire community. These bills do nothing but push us back in terms of progress and invalidate my existence. I am proof of concept, and I refuse to stand by while queer people and people of color are under attack.
If I were to do this any differently I definitely would have organized my time and resources a bit better. I waited too long to start, struggled with keeping on top of everything else going on, and lost a lot of my research due to a file not saving correctly. I really stressed myself out with showcase, but I’m proud of it nonetheless.
Again, as a trans and queer person these bills directly impact me and my future by aiding in the erasure and education on queer identities. Whilst making this showcase I felt very frustrated and very angry at our government. I felt as though there wasn’t much I could do to aid the situation, but I’ve come to realize that this is enough for now. I will continue to do what I can when the opportunity arises.
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