This weekend I will be home (aka Hartford, Connecticut) and it is a good thing too because lots of cool stuff is happening that I get to attend, AND I will also get to contribute to the coolness.
All day on Saturday will be the Trangender Lives Conference held at UCONN Health Center in Farmington, CT from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Participate in a day long conference that will challenge your views, expand your horizons and engage you with a topic that many of us take for granted: Trans Health and Law!
I will be there the whole day and at 12:30 I have 10 minutes to perform an excerpt from Transfigurations–Transgressing Gender in the Bible 🙂 For those who have seen it, any suggestions of which excerpt I should perform???
Another super event taking place all day Saturday is the F.A.D.G.E. Fest (Feminism, Autonomy, Diversity, and Gender Expression!) from 11:00 am until midnight at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford. Loads of great speakers and performers. I will arrive for dinner and stay for the evening entertainment and also offer up some excerpts from Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House and Queer 101.
Also earlier in the day on Saturday I will be the guest on GayTalk Radio, a live radio program out of Seattle from 9:00 am – 11:00 am PST (12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern time). Yes, this is at the very same time I will be performing at the Transgender Lives Conference, thus giving me a chance to offer live updates from the conference. You can also call in to ask questions, request excerpts for me to perform, etc. Who knows Vlad may even show up or even Federico!
On Sunday afternoon I will head over to the local Integrity group for their monthly meeting held at Grace Church in Hartford. Integrity is an LGBT-affirming Epsicopal (Anglican) group. In fact, the first gay friendly religious space I entered was the Integrity group in Memphis (oh, how frightening for a recently out pentecostal holiness conservative fundamentalist!)
Integrity Harford will hold their meeting at 3:00 pm and will focus on transder lives and stories.
The title of our meeting will be, TRANSCENDING the LGBT Spectrum. Our guest speakers will be our own Barbara Curry who will lead a discussion along with other guest speakers. This presentation will be a combination of life stories and guided discussions about the confusion over trans people in and out of the LGBT community and how we can be sure our parishes are welcoming to them. Resources from the TransAction curriculum will be utilized. All are welcome to join us for worship, forum and fellowship. Please bring friends and share this announcement in your faith communities.
“Most transgender Christians are searching for the same things that other believers want: a connection to their God within a loving community where worship and working for equality and justice are the focus of the Christian experience. Unfortunately, these searching transgender people are too often left without a place to call their “church home” because most congregations and religious institutions are not ready to welcome them as their Christian companions.”
-From the TransAction Curriculum statement
If you or someone you know live in the Hartford-area, come by, come by! You will find all the details on my schedule page.
Now I have to to return to my regularly scheduled activity–prepping for six weeks in the UK and Sweden! I arrive in London a week from today. YES! Tour will include Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton, London and so much more! I still am confirming details for Northern Ireland and Sweden. YUMMY. (someone alert the Swedes to increase their Tartex supplies.)
You can check out the full (and growing) schedule here. (um, that sounds a little wrong, or just right, hmmm)