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Stand Up For Each Other: Rainbow of Tolerance

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    Program HostChapter
    Host Region and ChapterCentral Region West
    Program TypeEducation
    Kallah/Judaic Convention
    Social Action
    Stand Up
    Time RequiredLess then 2 hours
    Target Population(s)Girls (BBG)
    Prospective Members
    Teen Leaders
    8th Graders
    Folds Targeted
    Social Action
    People Participating10-30

    Program Summary:

    Neshikot BBG and JSZ BBG got together for Chapter Kallah, and this was the final program. It provided an educational, yet interactive way for people to learn about the Stand Up For Each Other campaign and the LGBT community.

    Full Description:

    Planned/led by: Noy Shaked

    -Beads: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple
    -Big white poster
    -Paint: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple
    -Keshet Pledge paper with link

    Everyone receives a piece of string, (the approximate length of their wrist for a bracelet). The program leader stands in the front of a room with 6 cups of beads, separated by colors - red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. The leader will instruct the group to raise their hands whenever they have an answer, (whether it’s an exact or approximate answer). Regardless of whether they get the question right or wrong, they come up to get a bead after they answer the question. Each person should keep track of their beads so that they end up with 1 bead (in the listed order) on their bracelet. The leader should encourage the audience to participate and guess, whether they are sure of their answer or not.
    1    What does LGBT stand for?    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender
    2    A person who is attracted to both men and women is classified as what?    Bisexual.
    3    A person who is attracted to someone of the same sex is classified as what?    Gay (or lesbian).
    4    A person whose gender identity does not correspond to their biological sex is classified as what?    Transgender.
    5    A person who encompasses all kinds of sexuality and is not limited or inhibited in sexual choice with regards to gender is classified as what?    Pansexual.
    6    The fear or hatred of or against lesbians and gays is called what?    Homophobia.
    7    The process of acknowledging one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity to other people (which can be a life-long process) is also known as what?    Coming out.
    8    What is heterosexism?    The attitude that heterosexuality is the only valid or acceptable sexual orientation.
    9    What is “queer?”    Queer is an umbrella term used by some LGBT people to refer to themselves. In the past, this term has been considered offensive and some LGBT people still consider it so.
    10    How many of every 10 people report hearing anti-LGBT language frequently or often?    9 out of every 10.
    GLSEN’s 2007 National School Climate Survey found that three-quarters of LGBT teens hear slurs such as “faggot” or “dyke” on a regular basis at school.
    11    How many out of every 10 LGBT students reported being harassed in the last school year?    9/10 LGBT students.
    Over one-third of LGBT students have been physically assaulted at school because of their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
    12    What percent reported hearing teachers make negative comments based on sexual orientation?    44 percent.
    13    What percent of students said their schools were not safe for LGBT students?    46 percent.
    14    How many states specifically protect LGBT students from harassment in schools?
    Can anyone name them?    7 - California, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey and Vermont.
    Even within these so-called “protective” states, many of us still witness awful harassment on a regular basis.
    15    Youth harassed on the basis of sexual orientation are how many times more likely to report depression and seriously consider suicide?    More than two-three times as likely.
    Youth harassed on the basis of sexual orientation are more likely to report low grades, smoke, drink alcohol, use drugs, become victims of violence. They are 3 times as likely to carry a weapon or report missing from school.
    16    What is a GSA?    Gay-Straight Alliance.
    The Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based GSAs to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.
    17    How many active GSAs were present in the Bay Area during the 1998-99 school year?    Approximately 40 GSAs.
    18    How many active GSAs are present in the Bay Area currently?    Over 1 thousand.
    The GSA Network brought GSA clubs to over 53% of all public high schools and a growing number of middle schools in California, impacting more than 1.1 million students.

    After all these questions have been asked, give everyone that does not have a complete bracelet a chance to come up and grab the beads that they need. Everyone should now have their own bracelet with one red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple bead. While they get their beads, explain that:

    As shown, some know quite a lot about the LGBT community, and some do not. By simply being considerate, thinking before we speak, and standing up for our peers, we can raise awareness.
    Ask the group: does anyone knows why these are the colors chosen for their bracelet. What do these colors represent?
    These colors are also presented on the rainbow flag that is often associated with LGBT pride. (Optional: show a picture of a rainbow flag). This flag has been used in LGBT social movements since the 1970’s. The colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community. This flag originated in our own state, California, but is now used worldwide. The rainbow flag has found wide application on all manner of products including jewelry, clothing and other personal items. Now that you have your own bracelet, you’re capable of representing tolerance and pride in our LGBT communities.
    During the past several years and even months, bullying, teasing, and harassment among teens has become more prevalent. As B’nai B’rith Girls, we take on the obligation of acceptance and tolerance of people, regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
    Show video:

    Two close friends of mine - as Regional Fraternity, Sisterhood and Unity Chairs of CRW - Alex Finkelstein and Valerie Merringer started the Stand Up for Each Other Campaign. Seeing my own peers speak up and stand up for what they think is important brought forth a whole new perspective on these issues that I now reflect upon daily. I refuse to use - and call anyone out for their usage of - phrases such as “that’s so gay,” faggot, dyke, homo and queer.
    That’s my story and although you might have your own, regardless of your motivation, inspiration or your own LGBT acquaintances, every time you look down at that bracelet of yours, you’ll remember these things you learned tonight. You’ll remember that as B’nai B’rith Girls and members of our community, you must live up to this organization’s pillars of respect, acceptance and inclusion. Sisterhood cannot exist if we accept one and not another. For sisterhood to exist, we must create a place where everyone can fit in.
    As Jews, we must demonstrate one the most important and basic teachings of Judaism. “Vahavta I’reekha kamokha.” Love your neighbor as yourself. We must think before we judge, speak and act, and be thoughtful of how what we do affects others. As Jews, we must bring this forth not solely within BBYO, but the greater Jewish community as well.
    Several months ago, I signed the Keshet Pledge. Keshet is a national organization led and supported by LGBT Jews and straight allies, that works for the full inclusion of LGBT Jews. I pledged to speak out when I witness anyone being demeaned for their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, and committed myself to do whatever I can to ensure that each and every person in my community is treated with dignity and respect. Each and every one of you can and should go home and sign this pledge, or even right here on this computer, and send it to others to raise awareness.
    (Provide the girls with a paper that has the link to the pledge and a short statement or fact, and attach the link to the chapter email).

    There will be a huge white poster with the words “Vahavta I’reekha kamokha” at the very top. There will be one red hand-print with my name above it already on the poster. Every girl will have a chance to dip her hand in a certain color of paint and put her hand-print on the poster. I started the rainbow, but without them, the rainbow cannot continue. As you reach out to place your hand-print, think of the ways you’ll reach out to your (and the LGBT) community. Below your hand-print, write whatever you want. Examples:
    -People you know that you’re standing up for/ people you’ve seen been hurt before that you will now stand up for
    -Your motivation/inspiration
    -What you can do to raise awareness, etc.

    At the end, everyone will take a picture with our new Neshikot and JSZ BBG pledge.

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