Fun fact: I spent 17 years and over $30,00o on three continents trying to de-gay myself. This failed sexual re-orientation odyssey including ex-gay support groups, exorcisms to drive out the demons of homosexuality, and a two-year stint in the notorious Love in Action gay conversion therapy camp in Memphis, TN.
I lived to tell my tale (and to settle down in a delightful relationship with the man I love) and found that I needed humor to get a grip on the madness that nearly destroyed me. It’s been 12 years since I first sat down to write Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House. I do not perform the play any longer, but you can watch it for yourself. I play nine different characters and give you a personal tour of the Homo No Mo Halfway House. You will discover many things about this ex-gay boot camp, including why they can boldly declare: Yes, we have no bananas.
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This week my husband, Glen Retief, and I have the delicious pleasure of hosting Robyn Ochs, the bisexual activist and the very best group facilitator I have ever seen in my life (and I am not exaggerating.) Robyn will speak at nearby Bloomsburg University then head over to Sunbury, PA to spend the night with us.
Robyn has been out there as a bi activist since 1985, a pioneer when bi folks identifying as lesbians and gays usually felt inhibited to come out as bisexual. She has been a brilliant organizer of community, bringing bisexual folks together in groups and conferences and bringing others in to learn and grow. Robyn has written a lot about bi issues through the years and about breaking out of all kinds of binaries. She is also a tireless speaker, so energetic and skilled. While giving a presentation, no matter if it is just 12 people or 200, she amazingly gets everyone involved. And lightbulbs go off left and right (and beyond the binary.)
Check out this video of Robyn talking about her work as a bi activist. You will get a glimpse of the warmth, wisdom, and passion she brings into every room she enters.
“In recent years I’ve come to realize that being a bi activist is not even just about being bisexual. It is about creating space for fluidity; It’s about creating space for complexity. It’s about creating space. It is about challenging binaries, and the more I realize the connections between different issues, the more I get excited about doing this work.
And check out this episode of Queer and Queerer when Zack Ford and I Interviewed Robyn.
There is a new video campaign/competition sponsored by The Climate Reality Project. Young people from all over the world are submitting videos raising their concerns about global warming. Some of these will be then shown to delegates at the United Nations for the historic emergency gathering later this month. The winner gets a free trip to NYC.
This sounds like something perfect for Ms. Ob’s Classroom
Check out this short video by Seerat Kaur from India. She not only raises important points, she asks world leaders essential questions.
At The Climate Reality Project, we know solutions to climate change are right in front of us. We can create a healthy, sustainable, and prosperous future by making a global shift from dirty fossil fuels to clean, renewable energies like solar and wind.
Our leaders aren’t going to do it on their own. So we’ve brought together millions to make them, demanding a change with a collective voice so loud and forceful they have no choice but to help shape the clean energy future we need.
This Why? Why Not? campaign is an extension of those goals, aimed at giving members of future generations a voice in one of the world’s most important debates, and providing them with a forum to spread it.
Joseph Huff-Hannon of Queers for the Climate just posted a deliciously funny and actually quite helpful video in which he first models how NOT to speak to a group of gay guys about global warming. Then the compact florescent lightbulb goes off: People aren’t connecting the climate crisis to their community. So he switches up the message and BAM! the queens get it.
A canvasser with Queers for the Climate visits the iconic gay getaway to warn residents about the impending dangers of sea level rise. Hijinx ensue, Fire Islanders are riled up, all just in time for the historic People’s Climate March on September 21: