[Wild Cozy Truth 46] How Amy Estes is Standing Up for Queer Educators

Amy Estes - Feminist Book Club


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In recognition of Pride Month, today’s episode is dedicated to all the queer folx doing the hard work to create a more radically compassionate world.
We start today’s episode with an essay called History Repeats. This essay is a bit unusual. I wanted to use my platform to shed some light on the history of the Stonewall riots, which occurred in June 1969 and are the reason we celebrate Pride this month. I also wanted to draw some parallels to the abhorrent civil rights violations we’re witnessing in Texas and elsewhere, involving children being isolated from their immigrant parents. I’ve included a few articles in the resources section below.
Our guest today is Sacramento-area teacher Amy Estes, who is carrying the torch for the right for queer educators to teach in harassment-free classrooms. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Nope, she’s currently working with her union-provided lawyer to come to an agreement with her district. I am so honored that Amy shared her heartbreaking story with us. She discusses the instances that led her to call in the troops and seek mental health professionals, eventually taking the spring semester off. Luckily, this allowed her to spend a bit more time practicing important self-care through her standup comedy, but it hasn’t been easy. This is an ongoing situation and I’ve added a few links to some other media coverage in the resources below, but there aren’t any major updates to share since we recorded two weeks ago.
Find Amy:
@amysgotjokes on Instagram and Twitter
Go to one of Amy’s shows: amysgotjokes.com
Amy’s story on ABC10
Amy’s students supporting her on the Sacramento Bee
The Stonewall Riots from History.com
This Woman Had the Perfect Response When Border Patrol Officers Boarded Her Greyhound Bus from HipLatina.com
At Least 3 Shelters Set Up for Child Migrants from The Associated Press
Here’s a list of organizations that are mobilizing to help immigrant children separated from their families from the Texas Tribune
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 for free 24/7 crisis support in the US
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or chat at suicidepreventionlifeline.org
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Renee Powers founded Feminist Book Club in 2018 to provide a space for intersectional feminists to learn, grow, and connect. When not reading or running the biz, you can find her drinking coffee and trying unsuccessfully to teach her retired racing greyhound how to fetch. Favorite genres: memoir, contemporary literary fiction, short stories

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