TLGBQ Asian Americans rallied their communities and shaped collective politics by exploring their entangled, lesser-known pasts.
Such conversations are currently being threatened with widespread censorship in many U.S. public school classrooms.
PEN America reported that, in 2022, 36 states introduced 137 bills “to legally restrict education on topics like race, American history, gender, and LGBTQ+ identities in K-12 and higher education.” Such policies not only deny students crucial knowledge of their pasts and potential futures, but can also impede their understandings of how they fit into the world and how they might relate to one another. This is not an accident of censorious policies, but a deliberate consequence. White supremacy thrives on division and on isolating the multitudes that it harms.