Special Appearances at some very cool venues

peterson toscanoThis 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)

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  1. alexander resare on April 16, 2009 at 4:25 pm Reply

    Tartex, toaster and beans. I have it all…

  2. dan on April 16, 2009 at 4:39 pm Reply

    Do you have your story posted anywhere Peterson?

    • p2son on April 16, 2009 at 4:46 pm Reply

      Hey dan, I have an extended bio with links to radio, TV and newsprint interviews over on this page on my website. Or if you want to work on your German check out the German wikipedia entry someone created about me. :-p

  3. p2son on April 16, 2009 at 4:47 pm Reply

    Xander 😀

  4. Tim&Earl on April 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm Reply

    Have a great trip to the UK!

    Are you visiting MCC North London? The minister there, Presley, was at our NYC church MCCNY. Say Hey for us if you see him and his!

    Tim lived in London (and Wales, and Australia) in the early to mid-1970s (glam rock era….Ziggy Stardust lookalike) until we met in 1976 and pronto moved to NYC! We now live in PA, as you maybe know from facebook?

    Easter we attended MCCLV in Allentown PA where you recently appeared.

    Happy landings!

  5. p2son on April 17, 2009 at 2:00 am Reply

    Tim&Earl! Well, YES I will be at MCC N. London, but Presley has since left and now pastors the church in Cape Town, South Africa. I was just there in January and performed for his congregation.

    Hopefully I will be back to Allentown in the future. I really like Bethlehem, PA (especially that vegan bakery we found!)

    Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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