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Out of the Box: Beyond the Gender Binary
Our keynote speaker this year was iO Tillett Wright, who is an artist, writer, speaker, and social scientist. iO’s work primarily deals with identity, be it through her fine art portraiture, or her ongoing activism campaign, Self Evident Truths. iO regularly travels the country lecturing at events and schools, encouraging people to broaden their ‘circle of normalcy', and expand their sphere of empathy. Her TED talk, “Fifty Shades of Gay,” has been viewed by over 2 million people and is considered a key element in the growing international discussion of sexuality and gender.
We examined conventional “circles of normalcy” – the labels we apply to one another, often inaccurate, confining, even hurtful – and explore ways to be more empathetic, to suspend judgments and labels, and to treat one another with the very kindness and respect found at the core of school missions.

For a copy of the AIMS Sexual Orientation Resource Guide, click here.

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