On Thursday, October 18th, QLatinx joined The Reformation Project to host the annual Academy for Racial Justice, as part of The Reformation Project's National Conference -- hosted in Orlando in 2018.
As LGBTQ+ and straight people of faith and spiritual grounding, how do we make our movement for LGBTQ+ affirmation and inclusion fully anti-oppressive? What does healing from internalized racism and internalized homophobia look like?
During the day long lesson, QLatinx Executive Director Christopher Cuevas worked with The Reformation Project's Shae Washington and TRP Leadership Development Cohort Graduate Jason Fredlund. In their lessons, the team of Cuevas, Washington, and Fredlund discussed the impacts of systems of inequity on focus communities -- often referred to as marginalized communities. The facilitators begin this journey to allow the collective to take my next steps in dismantling racism and working for equity within the LGBTQ+ movement.
The collective worked with the ARJ cohort to develop a power analysis to explore structural and institutional systems that impact the social locations of our broader communities. Deriving from the work of Kimberle Crenshaw, the ARJ built lessons around her work on the framework of intersectionality and the ways focus communities are forced to navigate social structures.
To learn more about the work of The Reformation Project, visit their website at www.reformationproject.org. If you, or your organization, are interested in recruting QLatinx to lead a lesson on racial equity, please reach out to our education team at firstname.lastname@example.org.