I recently finished teaching a performance poetry class at the University of Washington, which went extremely well, I might add, and the goal of the course was 1. Honesty and 2. Make room for marginalized groups narrative.
My mentor, just posted a quote from the NBTF International Colloqium on LGBTQ representation, which sums up why I do the work that I do. In order to shift the social narrative marginalized communities need space to tell their stories. That is where I come in, I believe that by equipping youth and adults with the skills to write and perform their stories through poetry, we become revolution. We begin to take back space that is stolen from us.