First LGBTQ History Stakeholders Forum in SF!
Along with educators, historians and community members committed to the implementation of the FAIR Act—I am participated in helping co-create a high-quality LGBTQ-inclusive professional learning program for teachers and administrators. The first LGBTQ History Stakeholder Forum was hosted by Our Families Coalition (OFC) and was held at the SF Google Community Space in October. It was exciting to be a part of this planning process, and as the day progressed, I began realize how much time it will take to get this program implemented. Building a solid curriculum and effectively training educators and administrators will require a lot of sweat equity. Thats why getting Game Changers into the schools NOW is such a priority!
Formal Gifting of Game Changers to Mission High School in San Francisco
In front of an enthusiastic crowd on the front steps of historic Mission High, I was joined by the Fair Act chief author Mark Leno, featured Game Changer Jewelle Gomez, Mission High principal Eric Guthertz and San francisco Unified School District LGBTQ Programs Coordinator Erik Martinez. I gave a signed book to these two students from Jenn Bowman's LGBTQ/Women's studies class.
Game Changers won first place in the LGBTQ2 (Lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/2-spirited) category! The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest Not-for-Profit book awards program for indie authors and independent publishers. It was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in over 70 different categories. Game Changers will now be listed in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog which will be distributed to thousands of book buyers, media, and others!
Game Changers is a Hit @ ClexaCon 2018!
With featured Game Changer Kathy Belge by my side, our panel presentation was a big success!
Our panel description: "Before Ellen, The L Word and Orange is the New Black, lesbians found community, companionship and culture—often at great risk. Women lost their jobs, were thrown in jail and kicked out of families when their identities were revealed. Nevertheless, they persisted. Hear the stories of lesbians and lesbian culture that paved the way for where we stand today."
Las Vegas hosted ClexaCon, the largest multi-fandom event for LGBTQ women & allies. Celebrating LGBTQ women and characters in TV, film, web series, comics, books and more. Our presentation to a full house covered not only the book, but lesbian culture of the previous generation, including the gay bar scene, pulp fiction novels and secret societies like Daughters of Bilitis.
Check out the highlights of our fun presentation!
Top of the Heap!
Just heard from Game Changer fan and supporter Sheelagh Andersen from North Carolina. She donated several books to local schools in her home state. Game Changers makes the top of the heap in the display at Carrboro High School library, NC!
Game Changers Makes a Splash!
Marga Gomez posted a shout out to her fan base on social media Jan 15th:
"I got an eye-popping illustrated chapter in "Game Changers" a genius full color lesbian history textbook for schools. The creator Robin Lowey brought a copy to my show #latinstandards at @bravatheater. Check out this cool, adorable book and find out how to get it for your home or school"
First High School Visit
In December, I met with the Gay Straight Alliance at Sir Francis Drake High School in Marin County, CA. Each student GSA member received a book and we had a great discussion about the new curriculum and developing a lesson plan for Game Changers. The GSA advisor, a social studies teacher, invited me to do a presentation for her class. Stay tuned for updates!
Meeting with Featured Game Changers
Getting content for each woman's illustrated timeline was not always easy! Many of the busy and important lesbians I worked with were often hard to pin down. I cornered Kate Kendell of NCLR in her San Francisco home in order to get photos and final details for her timeline in the nick of time, just weeks before my printing deadline.
First Meeting with Lyndsey Schlax of SOTA
I went to Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA) earlier this year to meet with Lyndsey Schlax, the creator of the first LGBT studies course. We discussed Game Changers and she assured me that the book was very much needed resource for the new curriculum
"LGBT studies will explore the American experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and agender individuals in the United States and across the world" - Lyndsey Schlax