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June 21, 2021

Daily News Lesson: Highlighting queer couples of color through photography


Directions: Read the summary, watch the video and answer the discussion questions below. To view the full video and transcript, click here

Summary: Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans, and Pride Month celebrates the LGBTQ+ community. But while representation of both communities has grown in mainstream culture, it still lags behind for people who are members of both communities. In documentarian Jamal Jordan’s new book, “Queer Love in Color,” he hopes to show the world what love can look like between LGBTQ+ people of color. 

Discussion questions: 

Warm up questions: Have your students identify the 5Ws and an H:

  • Who is Jamal Jordan?
  • What is “Queer Love in Color”? 
  • Where did he go to find people to photograph?
  • Why did he start this project?
  • When did Jamal Jordan grow up?
  • How does Mr. Jordan describe the importance of visibility of queer love?

Focus questions:

  1. Think about different identifiers you have. Do you see them represented in the world? What might be some positive or negative impacts of having representation in the media and the world at large?

Media literacy: This story both highlights the visuals and written stories of Jamal Jordan’s project. What are the advantages of including multiple types of media when telling this story? 

Dig Deeper: 

  • To see Jamal Jordan’s original piece in the New York Times, click here
  • For more stories on queer people of color and the LGBTQIA+ community, see below: 

This Daily News Lesson was written by EXTRA intern Cecilia Curran and EXTRA’s Victoria Pasquantonio. Curran is a sophomore at Amherst College.

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