“Queer” is a word with a complex history – a word that was used to abuse and vilify and that has been more recently reclaimed by LGBTQ+ people. The word can also be used to illustrate the myriad expressions of the human spirit.
This course is an opportunity for those within and outside of the LGBTQ+ community to explore their relationship to queerness, uncover inherent biases, and become a better ally-in-progress. Together, we will explore queer culture, history, and theory. All are welcome.
This is an Online Course facilitated by Laura Jones and H Leopold. Tuesdays, 6:30-8PM, March 23rd – April 27th.
Course Fee*: $180
Discounts: Buddy Discount (2): $25 off per person; Group Discount (4+): $45 off per person
*We do not turn anyone away due to their inability to pay. Contact us for more info.
About the facilitators:
Laura Jones (she/her) is a queer writer, filmmaker and educator. Her essays appear in three anthologies, including THEY SAID, and the upcoming HOME IS WHERE YOU QUEER YOUR HEART. An excerpt of Jones’ graphic memoir “My Life in Movies” was published in FOURTH GENRE, along with a companion essay about graphic memoir and collaboration, commissioned by the journal. Her work has also been featured in numerous literary magazines including Creative Nonfiction, The Gay and Lesbian Review, The Drum, and Wraparound South, to name a few. Jones earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Northwestern University, where she won the 2015 AWP Journals Prize. Prior to that, she spent ten years making films with PBS and Disney. She currently lives in Columbus, OH with her family, which includes her 14-year-old daughter, Emily.
H Leopold (they/she) is a queer, gender-nonconforming educator that, for the past 5 years, has been working and learning at Springhouse and has served as the Head of Curriculum Design for the last three. They are dedicated to creating and implementing vitality-centered curriculum, having led efforts to create, adapt, and evolve Springhouse’s current curricular structure. Even though they aren’t an expert in queer theory or history by any stretch, they have offered an adaptation of this course to teens ages 14-18, held queer yoga classes in rural Appalachia, helped run the Floyd chapter of PFLAG, and they work closely with queer teens every day. H considers themselves a lifelong learner, an ally-in-progress, and a creator of many forms – film photography, curricular structures, healing spaces, and culinary creations to name a few.