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Trans and GNC (Gender Non-Conforming) students from around Michigan have been helping the Board of Education with a proposal in order to allow students to use whichever bathrooms, names, and pronouns they prefer without needing the approval of parents or a doctor. Students like Illyana Bellafloor Balde and other members from The Neutral Zone's Riot Youth Program as well as teachers, parents, and lawyers, helped edit, outline the guidelines, and approve the proposal originally created by Kim Phillips-Knope, a Special Projects Consultant from The Michigan Department of Education. The importance of groups such as Riot Youth, QSA, and other student organized groups aimed at representing the voiceless are making a huge difference. Especially in a primarily conservative state like Michigan, these organizations are important. Other states such as Illinois, South Dakota, and South Carolina have passed plans which legalize discriminatory, trans-misogynist guidelines surrounding school behavior regarding trans and GNC students. The Neutral Zone and the teens involved in it are here and fighting, help support the voices of our teens! Read more below:
Red Beard fans! I visited Volume again tonight for the first time in a while... I encourage you all to join Alex Kime and other literary arts teens on Thursdays @ 6:30. I forgot what an amazing program it is and how much it helps me process/release myself from anxieties I have. This week Hannah Mitchell talked to us about imagist poetry like William Carlos Williams. I hadn't thought about the poem "The Red Wheelbarrow" in a long time and I was really interested by the way she re-taught it. Though not always at a convenient point in the week and sometimes a bit sleepier than necessary, Volume continues to remind me that poetry and literature are not separate from everyday life. I wrote our fans a poem in the hopes it will sway you to join Volume next week with Fiona Chamness and her fantastic attitude!
So much depends
The copy machine's double
Its futuristic origins which
confuse most people
but the water cup sitting gently on its edge,
whose quaking ripples yawn silently, has mastered
(Here is an additional very helpful map that shows the location of "Animal Planet" if you put it in google maps. X marks the spot! The map also may bring you to the Neutral Zone.... Who knows? Follow it tomorrow to find out!!!)
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Red Beard Press is an independent, youth-driven publishing company dedicated to creating cutting-edge literary arts projects, publishing emerging voices, and inspiring passionate literary communities.