July 16-18 I will be in Pittsburgh for the Metropolitan Church Region 3
and 5 Conference.
In addition to performing Transfigurations–Transgressing Gender in the Bible, my play about gender-variant and transgender Bible characters, I will also offer a workshop.
Homo No Mo?!? Orientation Gender and the Ex-Gay Movement will provide participants to take part in a workshop that helps unearth the reasons why some people choose to de-gay themselves. In addition to looking at taboos around sexuality in a heterosexist culture, we will delve into the role that gender and more importantly gender norms ties into the Ex-Gay Movement. (How does changing the oil in my car make me a proper male? Am I gay if I opt for Jiffy Lube???). In the presentation I will do excerpts from Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House–How I Survived the Ex-Gay Movement and will read an excerpt of my memoir (which I just began writing last month!)
While I am in the Pittsburgh-area I would love to meet up with groups of folks–Quakers, transgender people, gay Christian, ex-gay survivors, bloggers. Please consider coming to the conference and then we can figure a way to hang out.
The organizers are still working out the schedule, but I wanted to give folks a heads-up. If you are interested, let me know.