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posted Friday, March 27, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 13
Seattle Parks Department launches Teen Queer History Research Project!
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Seattle Parks Department launches Teen Queer History Research Project!

Starting April 9 at Meadowbrook Teen Life Center, research a historical LGBTQ person and get paid $ to do a presentation on them!

Can you name a famous Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer person?
Would you like to earn $50 while telling the world about a famous LGBTQ person?
Then check out the Teen Queer History Project!

High school youth will research a prominent LGBTQ person in history. Choose a person to research and then create a 5-8 minute presentation using what you've learned. Both you and Seattle Parks staff will find places for you to deliver your presentation, such as a school club or community group. You will receive $50 for the first time you deliver your presentation and $25 for each additional time (one person earned $125 for doing their presentation 4 times).

Come to the Kick-Off Meeting!
Thursday, April 9, from 4-5 p.m. at Meadowbrook Teen Life Center
Address: 10750 30th Ave NE, 98125 www.seattle.gov/parks/tlc/meadowbrook.htm

Kick-Off Meeting - April 9: commitment to project and choose your LGBTQ historical figure.
Mid-Point Check-in Meeting - April 23: check in meeting with Parks project coordinator - how is it going??
Final Meeting - May 7: submit written draft of presentation, Parks staff will review and provide feedback.

What if you want to do the project, but can't attend the kick-off meeting?
Contact staff at Meadowbrook Teen Life Center at 206-684-7523 - Tuesday-Saturday between 2:30-8 p.m. or contact Randy Wiger, Seattle Parks Project Coordinator at (206) 883-6110 cell/text or email randy.wiger@seattle.gov.

Research & Presentation Requirements
o You must commit to doing the whole project: research and at least one presentation.

o You may choose a person from the list below, but you are not limited to that list - you can choose anyone as long as there are adequate reference materials on the person you want to research (such as a biography or documentary film about them).

o Participants will use at least three sources (book, DVD, movie, etc.). One will be specified by Parks staff, and the other two (or more) the participant will find on their own. Wikipedia is useful, but can't be a reference.

o Participants may use public resources (such as school, Teen Life Centers or Computer Labs available to youth, and libraries), as well as other resources to conduct research, and to develop their final presentation.

o The presentation must highlight at least three aspects of the researched person, and also address the following:

a. Why is this person significant in history?

b. What is one thing about this person's life that is relevant to you and your peers?

c. Describe one challenge this person faced because they were LGBTQ and what they did about it.

o Presentation must be at least 5 minutes long and no longer than 8 minutes.

o Presentation must use at least one visual aid. This may be PowerPoint, poster board or any other medium that makes the presentation meaningful. At a minimum this can be a poster board with the person's picture.

o You will receive $50 stipend for the first presentation. If more than one youth participates as a team, they will equally split the stipend. To receive the stipend you must fill out a W-9 form and a Parks invoice form. Stipend checks will be mailed to the recipient's address 30 days after the presentation. Additional presentations will earn a stipend of $25 each.

o Youth may receive up to 15 service-learning hours for the research portion, but you must tell us at the start of the project if you want this to be counted as service hours.

List of possible LGBTQ People to Research

Alex Sanchez (Latino Writer of Gay Teen Novels)
Required reference source: either 'Rainbow Boys' (2001) or 'Rainbow High' (2003) (available from the Seattle Public Library www.spl.org)

Alice Walker (African American Writer)
Required reference source: 'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker (1983) (available from the Seattle Public Library www.spl.org)

Angela Davis (African American Political Activist and Writer)
'Angela Davis: An Autobiography' by Angela Davis (1974) or 'Women, Race, and Class' by Angela Davis (1983) (if not available from the Seattle Public Library www.spl.org Parks will provide a copy)

Audre Lorde (African American Poet)
Required reference source: 'Zami: A New Spelling of My Name' (1982) (if not available from the Seattle Public Library www.spl.org Parks will provide a copy)

Bayard Rustin (African American Political Activist, organizer of March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his 'I have a dream' speech)
Required reference source: 'Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin' (DVD - 2002) (available from the Seattle Public Library www.spl.org)

Dan Choi (Korean-American Soldier, Political Activist worked to repeal Anti-Gay Policy of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell')
Required reference source: 'Our Time: Breaking the Silence of Don't Ask, Don't Tell' by Josh Seefried (2011) (available from the Seattle Public Library www.spl.org) and the following transcripts and video online: http://www.democracynow.org/2010/8/4/i_have_no_regret_to_anybody http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/13/love_is_worth_it_iraq_war (Note: the focus is on the life of Dan Choi, and understanding his choices as a military service member)

George Takei (Japanese-American Actor whose whole family was interned during WWII)
Require reference source: 'To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek's Mr. Sulu' by George Takei (1994) and watch the episode 'The Naked Time' from the original Star Trek series (first season 1967) (if not available from the Seattle Public Library www.spl.org or on youtube Parks will provide a copy)

John Uzoma Ekwugha Amaechi (First Openly Gay NBA Basketball Player and Broadcaster)
Required reference source: 'Man in the Middle' by John Amaechi (2007) (available from the Seattle Public Library www.spl.org)

Langston Hughes (African American Writer and Poet)
Required reference source: 'The Big Sea: An Autobiography' by Langston Hughes (1949) and watch 'Brother to Brother' (DVD 2004) (if not available from the Seattle Public Library www.spl.org Parks will provide a copy)

Pedro Zamora (Latino MTV 'Real World' Reality TV Star and AIDS Educator)
Required reference source: http://www.mtv.com/shows/realworld-season3/series.jhtml (must watch at least half of the series 3 episodes)

Sylvester (African American Singer and Disco Diva)
Required reference source: 'The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, the Music, the Seventies in San Francisco' by Joshua Gamson (available from the Seattle Public Library www.spl.org)

Urvashi Vaid (Hindi-American Political Activist and former Executive Director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force)
Required reference source: read your choice of 4 chapters from: 'Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation' by Urvashi Vaid (1996) (if not available from the Seattle Public Library www.spl.org Parks will provide a copy)

Courtesy of Seattle Parks Department

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