Recommended Diversity and Inclusion Resources
On July 19, 2019, I premiered the "late night" version of my one-person show about diversity and inclusion. The show, which was called Embrace Yr Weird, offers a sequin-filled and inspirational perspective on how we can spread joy, hope, and allyship for a kinder, more inclusive world. In a world that can often feel overwhelmed by negativity, bullying, and violence, my goal was to offer empowering alternatives, delivered in an entertaining show that’s part stand-up, part TED Talk, part puppet show, part dance party, and all fun.
You can watch a sneak peek of my performance from that night here:
I mentioned a number of different resources in that show. Here are the books, podcasts and other diversity and inclusion resources I mentioned in the show:
The Bitter Southerner – A multimedia magazine publishing real stories of the American South.
The Hilarious World of Depression – A podcast featuring frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians and celebrities who have dealt with depression and mental illness. (I mentioned the episode with Andrew Zimmern.)
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself – Kristin Neff, Ph.D., offers expert advice on how to limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve your highest potential and a more contented, fulfilled life. Her website offers additional resources.
A Guy Viciously Trolled Sarah Silverman on Twitter – But she responded with kindness and compassion, turning a cruel attack into a productive conversation.
When Things Fall Apart – Drawing from traditional Buddhist wisdom, Pema Chödrön offers life-changing tools — including the meditative exercise Tonglen — for transforming suffering and negative patterns into habitual ease and boundless joy.
The resources above were the ones that I mentioned in my show, but I’ve learned so much over the years about diversity, equity, and inclusion from many different people, books, podcasts, and other resources. It would be impossible to create a totally comprehensive list of resources, but here are a few good places to start that have personally helped me become better informed about these issues:
Podcasts to listen to
Code Switch – A podcast from NPR, featuring journalists of color exploring issues of race and identity.
Still Processing – Hosted by Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, two culture writers for The New York Times. They devour TV, movies, art, music and the internet to find the things that move them — to tears, awe and anger.
Newsletters to subscribe to
Better Allies – A weekly newsletter (and book!) featuring everyday actions to create inclusive, engaging workplaces.
Folks to follow on Instagram
@alokvmenon – Alok Vaid-Menon (they/them) is a gender non-conforming writer and performance artist.
@blairimani - Blair Imani is a writer, mental health advocate, and historian living at the intersections of Black, Queer, and Muslim identity.
@hellomynameiswednesday – Wednesday is a non-binary queer illustrator and artist.
@lilnativeboy – Allen Salway is a 21-year-old Diné, Oglala Lakota, Tohono O’odham writer / community organizer from the eastern part of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. Learn more and support his work via Patreon.
@nativeapprops – Adrienne J. Keene is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation who writes on the Internet about representations of Native peoples in popular culture, and has been writing her blog Native Appropriations since 2010.
@shooglet – Shoog McDaniel is a southern, queer, non-binary, fat photographer and artist whose work is about highlighting bodies and lives that are often overlooked by popular society.
This list is by no means exhaustive. I’ll continue to add resources I recommend as I find them. Know of a resource that should be on this list? Let me know!