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I hope the Year of the Water Tiger brings you fortune and wealth in the form of meaningful relationships, financial security and more. 

Texas school libraries have become a battleground between parents and educators as books addressing racism and LGBTQIA+ issues are pulled off the shelves. How we remember history and who we chose to center has material impact on the lives of people today. So this week we bring you two sources who are, respectively, experts on deaf history and trans stories.  

Deaf history and technology

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Jaipreet Virdi is an assistant professor of history and the co-director of the Hagley Program in the History of Capitalism, Technology and Culture at the University of Delaware. She teaches courses on disability histories, the history of medicine, and health activism. Deaf since the age of 6, she researches the ways medicine and technology impact the lived experiences of disabled people. 
Virdi uses her platform to raise awareness of medical inequities, social injustice and disability rights. Her first book, Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History (2020), examines deafness in American society and the history of deafness “cures.” In 2020, Virdi created a Twitter series, #DeafHistorySeries, to spotlight deaf and hard-of-hearing people, technologies and events; one of the episodes was adapted for a segment for CBC radio

Trans stories, past and present

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Jules Gill-Peterson is an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches transgender history, culture and politics. She is a historian who writes about the history of sexuality, focusing on racial histories of sex, gender, and trans existence in both institutional and conversational science and medicine.
In Histories of the Transgender Child (2018), she debunks the myth that transgender children first appeared in the 21st century. Most recently, Gill-Peterson was featured in Framing Agnes, a documentary about trans people in the 1960s that premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Gill-Peterson is an editor of the Duke University Press journal Transgender Studies Quarterly. She co-hosts Slate’s queer culture podcast, Outward, and writes regularly on her Substack, Sad Brown Girl
Other sources of interest this week.

February is Black History Month, and as we cast a light on stories from the past, we also look toward the Black futures and the narratives being crafted today. 

Malakai is a director who describes her mission as “to be a disruptor by telling world-building and fantastical narratives that turn archetypes of the Black diaspora on its head.” She is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Made in Her Image, which provides opportunities to women and nonbinary youth of color to create their own films, scripts, content and more. 
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