Alive in South Africa

Yes, yes, I know I have not blogged since Deceber 25th. (Sorry about that Carol 🙂 I have barely been on-line, which I assumed would be like living without oxygen. Turns out I survived. In fact, I discovered that the world is filled with books and newspapers and beaches and long deep conversations and shopping at African markets and so much more. Huh, and here I thought these were a thing of the past.

The last two weeks I have travelled to many parts of South Africa with Glen Retief, the gorgeous man I am dating, and his workmate Jenna. Since he is working on a memior about growing up white and gay in South Africa, we went to many places he knew as a child. We also met several people who have been involved in the struggle for racial equality and within the LGBT rights movement. What an education!

I literally have five minutes, so this post serves as notice that I am still alive. Last night I performed my play, Transfigurations along with a caberet of excerpts. We gathered at a club in Cape Town. What a turnout! They expected maybe 25 people, but we had over 100 people, a diverse crowd of folks all different ages, races, gender expressions and orientations. It felt magical in that intimate gay club morphing into multiple transgender Bible characters connecting with the audience giving, taking, that stunning interaction between audience and performer.

I head home today (although I won’t really be home until late Friday evening). I take a long route that will take me to Johannesburgh then Amsterdam then Washington, DC and finally Hartford, CT (aka home).

Next week I will post LOADS of photos and will share more about the trip and especially some special times with lesbian, transgender, gay and bisexual folks here.

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    Auntie Doris on January 7, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Oh darling I was thinking about the other day and wondering whether you were still alive or whether you had been eaten by lion or something.

    Missing you and I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and new Year. x x x

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    lower case paul on January 7, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I look forward to the gorgeous pictures of Glen. I got a good smile out of the one pic with both of you in plaid bermuda shorts. Good to hear you had such a grand time.

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    Carol on January 8, 2009 at 3:13 am

    It’s about time! I’ve hardly been myself without your updates!

    Seriously, I am so glad you’ve been enjoying everything around you. Sounds wonderful.

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    Anthony Venn-Brown on January 9, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Nice to know you are still alive you globe trotter you….hehe.

    Sounds like things are going well in the peterson world……in love no less.

    I’ve just spent 18 days in Singapore….what was I doing. NOTHING!. First real holiday in 3 years.

    Wishing you the most wonderfully rewarding 2009 at all levels.

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    Clive on January 9, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Hi Peterson

    Sorry we never managed to meet up in Johannesburg… hope to keep in touch