I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves, and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act.
The ABA Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council is proud to launch a 21-Day LGBTQ+ Equity Habit Building Challenge syllabus in honor of Pride Month. This Challenge is modeled after the “21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge©,” which was conceived several years ago by diversity expert Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. to advance deeper understandings of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy, and oppression. We are grateful to Dr. Moore for publicly sharing and encouraging others to use this 21-day framework as an educational tool, including to advance learning across myriad diverse communities.
We invite ABA members and non-members to participate in this LGBTQ+ Equity Habit-Building Challenge. This Challenge is the third ABA Challenge following the syllabus created to commemorate Black History Month in February 2021 and Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May 2021. That first ABA-wide Challenge followed the followed the 21-Day 21-Day Challenge syllabus launched by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law last year.
The Goal of the Challenge
The goal of the Challenge is to assist each of us to become more aware, compassionate, constructive, engaged people in the quest for equity, and specifically to learn more about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and many communities included under the "LGBTQ+ umbrella." It transcends our roles as lawyers. Non-lawyers are also welcome to participate.
How it Works
It is, of course, completely voluntary to do, and participation in the Challenge shall not be construed as agreement with every word of every assignment nor a commitment by any person to a particular professional position or strategy. Further, participants are free to opt out of participating along the way. There is no grade at the end of the Challenge. While it is not the intention of the Challenge to cause offense, some participants may be offended by some language or images used in the lessons.
The Challenge invites participants to complete a syllabus of 21 daily, short assignments (typically taking 15-30 minutes), over 21 consecutive days, that includes readings, videos, or podcasts. The assignments seek to expose participants to perspectives on elements of LGBTQ+ histories, identities, and cultures. This Challenges cannot possibly highlight all of the diversity of experiences and opinions within the LGBTQ+ community itself, much less substitute for learnings about any other community. This syllabus is but an introduction to what we hope will be a rewarding journey that extends far beyond the limits of this project.
21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge is the registered copyright of America & Moore, LLC. 2014.
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