I just performed and spoke at the State University of NY at Oneonta (about an hour from the state capital, Albany). I was here last April with Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House and this time I presented Queer 101, showed excerpts of Fish Can’t Fly and spoke about the “ex-gay” movement.
I just love the people here. Amazing professors looking at issues of power and privilege through the lens of African studies, Caribbean studies, Women’s studies, Queer studies…you get the point.
I get to hang out witih super students like Sarah(s) and Amy and Heather and Ishmael and Gavin. I always learn so much when I come to university like this one.
In the audience this evening was a small group of young white men from a conservative Christian campus group. I was so pleased when two of them approached me after the show and asked questions about the Bible and how I can justify being gay in light of what the scriptures seem to say.
We chatted about the six clobber passages, but the thing that struck me most during the conversation was–these guys are my brothers. What would happen if we agreed to overlook those six passages and just do what many Christians do together–pray, talk, worship, study the scriptures, reach out to the needy? We have thousands of things in which we agree. Really, at that moment I just wanted to find a place where we could worship God together.
It’s funny but more and more I am speaking publically about my faith. I find it to be a personal topic (even more personal than when I discuss my “ex-gay” past and issues of sexual addiction and childhood abuse), but it is an important part of who I am.
Well, I’m very tired and have a long drive home through the Berkshire Mountains. Then I have to prep for my performance of Footprints, An Inspriational Comedy (it’s been over a year since I performed this piece).
If I have time tomorrow, I may stop at the Shaker Museum in Old Chatham, NY. If I do, I’ll let you know.