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Off to Indiana

I fly off to Indiana today for a week of performances, community connections and no doubt some surprises. First stop is Portland, IN, a small town with a new Gay Straight Alliance at the local high school. The group is sponsoring an event tomorrow night that will feature Christian singer and recently out gay man Ray Boltz. Ray’s ex-wife, Carol, has been a friend for several years now when she first contacted me to say that her husband came out gay. She has spoken out passionately and with dignity about the experience of being the wife of an ex-gay and the process of ending that relationship and moving on. Check out her blog.

Our performance is slated to be protested by some area Christians. Hmm, Christians protesting Christians–so Third Century! But having been someone who struggled with gay ssues for many years, seeing being gay a conflict with my Christian faith, I do understand some of the opposition, the fear and the misinformation. Hopefully some of us can talk together sanely and respectfully. Tim and Cindy, some of the lead organizers have been steadfast straight allies and have engaged many folks in the community for the past few years. This performance is in large part a result of their fine work.

After Portland I have a day or two to just hang, so Indiana friends let’s get together! Then I head to Earlham College on Tuesday for a show on Wednesday–a variety show of sorts. It will be great to be back at this Quaker college (although I think most of the folks are not Quaker). I get to see Jay, a young Friend from my home meeting. Yay! Hopefully I will get to see Oliver Danni and awesome Friend from the Queer Quaker group. ze is someone who has helped me to better understand transgender issues as ze has shared his experience openly. Such a gift.

You can check out my performance schedule to learn about the Indiana appearances and upcoming performances in the Pacific North West and New England.

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Yes, yes, yes, I know I have been negligent in my blogging duties. Just too darn busy at the moment. Let’s see It’s been almost two weeks, and I have been in Selinsgrove, PA (with my honey), Atlanta, GA, Highlands, NC, Nashville, TN, Cookeville, TN, Chattanooga, MD and today I am in Baltimore (Towson State University). Later this week I will be in Washington, DC and then off to Phoenix for the TransForm Arizona event!

I have not been completed out of touch. I have updated Twitter and answered 30% of my e-mails–that’s something, right?

Tonight I will give a talk at Towson State University–Homo No Mo?!? Gender, Orientation and the Ex-Gay Movement.

Interjecting scenes from his one-person comedy Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House—How I Survived the Ex-Gay Movement, along with video clips, personal narrative, and the most current information about the ex-gay movement, Peterson’s interactive and interesting academic presentation leaves his audience enlightened and better equipped to address false claims of the Ex-Gay Movement.

I would like to discuss with the people who come to the talk the reasons why an adult would elect to put herself/himself into an ex-gay program. The myth out there is that the ex-gay movement primarily targets young people who are forced against their will. Although many young people have been negatively affected by the faulty and dangerous ex-gay teachings and treatments, and some have even been forced to received “treatment,” the vast majority of people who have endured ministries and treatments to “de-gay” lesbians, bisexuals and gays have been adults who for the most part have willingly attempted to annihilate their sexual orientation and gender differences. Even some transgender people elected for a time to attend ex-gay programs in order to alter their gender identity and what they viewed as non-conformity. WHY?

I believe there are many reasons why one goes ex-gay, and I outline some of them in the video below. But I would love to hear from more people. Why do you think people would choose to go ex-gay? What are the subtle and not so subtle pressings influencing this decision?

Devin Hamberger from he Towson University daily paper, The Towerlight, interviewed me about my own ex-gay experiences.

The therapy sessions that Toscano attended tried to, according to him, correct sexual desire and transform their patients into gender normative men and women.“The women sat through Mary Kay makeovers and bread baking lessons, while the men played football and learned how to change the oil in [their] cars,” he said.

All his life, Toscano said he saw queer people being verbally and physically attacked, and he feared similar negativity and rejection toward himself. He went to therapy because he heard over and over that he could not be both gay and Christian.

“[I] chose [to be] Christian and decided to destroy anything queer,” he said. Toscano often wondered if he was a Christian struggling with homosexuality, or a homosexual struggling with Christianity.

You can read the whole article here. The talk is tonight at 7:00 PM. Check out my schedule for details for this talk and upcoming presentations in Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon.

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Still buzzing from the amazing Gender Odyssey conference, today I fly from Seattle to Miami to be part of a Spanish language talk show (I feel so elated by the conference, I doubt I’ll need the plane.) No time to blog about what happened right now, but I will have something up in a few days, but work to do first.

After Miami I head back to Hartford, CT (aka home) to perform my play about transgender Bible characters at the Charter Oak Cultural Center. I recently sat down with Meghan and Kevin from the RadioActive program. We covered a broad range of topics including ex-gay experiences, addressing homophobia in schools, transgender Bible characters and veganism. 😀

Find out about “no homo” and so much more!

Have a listen here.

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I’ve been listening to a great podcast–Mandrake Society Radio and in particular to an interview with Steven G. Fullwood, founder of the Black Gay/Lesbian Archive, located in the Schomberg Center for Black Culture in the New York City Library. One theme that comces up more than once in the interview has to do with the power of narrative and with it the critical work to gather our stories, store them and especially to share them. Take some time and check out Mandrake Society Radio’s host JW Richard’s blog. Lots of good stuff there.

Today I have been organizing details and promotion for the upcoming fall tour of Transfigurations–Transgressing Gender in the Bible. I will be all over the place including Seattle, WA, Hartford, CT, Highlands, NC, Chattanooga, TN, Phoenix, AZ and a bunch of others in the works 🙂

Although my play is about transgender and gender-variant Bible characters, it is grounded in real life modern narratives I received through interviews with dozens of transgender people. The first transgender people I really got to know where through my Quaker channels and then through academic conferences. I sat down with individuals and said, “Please tell me your story,” then I attempted to listen deeply without interrupting much or asking too many questions. I let them tell me what was important about their stories. What struck me was the humor many of the interviewees included in their narratives, even some very difficult accounts that included the worst kind of rejection from family and friends. Many communicated a life force, a commitment to living their lives honestly and opening in spite of the obstacles.

These narratives I wove together with well-known and lesser-known Bible stories. I won’t tell you all of them now (you have to see it for yourself) but in this video I give you a little idea of my perspective:

Recently I began working with other artists around these transgender/gender-variant Bible stories. Mila and Jayna of Trans-Ponder Podcast (a really super, informative and FUN podcast) are both comic book/graphic novel artists. They have begun the first few drawings of Transfigurations–The Graphic Novel (and it is looking hot!) I have also begun working with the musical theater king (queen?) and grandfather of queer blogging Steve Schalchlin on Transfigurations–The Musical! He has already sent me a sample song for my character Hegai to sing.

In discussing the play with these other artists, I received helpful and at times difficult questions about the characters, the visuals in the stories, and the backgrounds of the players. These questions have helped me to flush out the story more fully. In considering Deborah, the warrior poet, and her body type, I didn’t see a typical comic superhero woman svelte with a mini waist. I thought of some of the strong full-bodied woman I know–healthy and big exuding a powerful presence of mind and body. In considering the daily life of Hegai, the gender-variant eunuch servant in King Xerxes’ (and Queen Esther’s) court I imagined what Hegai’s personal quarters might have been like in contrast to the other parts of palace where Hegai worked. I wondered about Hegai’s role in the palace, the complications a eunuch might face and the games one might be expected to play. I wondered about how one might feel about the expectations that others place on someone who very well never wanted to be a eunuch, and how one might have to present in order to be seen as harmless by others in the court.

Of course we never know for sure, and that is what makes art important and difficult work. We draw on narratives as we attempt to capture the essence of a person, a place, a story.

If you want to see Transfigurations yourself, check out my performance schedule. If I will be near you and you would like to see about booking a talk or something, let me know! Stay tuned for the other Transfigurations projects coming up over the next year!

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Looking at Dunluce Ruins

Looking at Dunluce Ruins

Cary, aka Little Bird, joined Glen and me for several of our jaunts in Northern Ireland. She maintains a blog, Little Bird, and is an absolute delight for conversation, knocking about, profound insights and a good laugh. Powered by coffee and her iPhone, she is a force of nature and a true fashionista of her own ilk.

Cary is also part of the Ikon Community along with Pádraig Ó TuamaA,  Peter Rollins, Amy, Shirley, Mark, Ian and others who showed Glen and me a gorgeous time.

I take few photos of people, but the camera LOVES Cary. When I uploaded my photos I found a ton with her in them.

Below are some photos of our recent wanderings around Northern Ireland. Thanks Cary for being such a fab travel companion and for coming to my talk at Queens!

Our 1980's Christian Band Cover (with Mark)

Our 1980's Christian Band Cover (with Mark)

Cary & Mark

Cary & Mark

How Lovely are the feet...

How Lovely are the feet...

Looking towards Scotland

Looking towards Scotland

Arm of Glen

Arm of Glen

Glen in the Mist

Glen in the Mist

Cary Marching to Causeway

Cary Marching to Causeway

Detail at Giants Causeway

Detail at Giants Causeway

Detail Giants Causeway

Detail Giants Causeway

Glen & his leprechaun

Glen & his leprechaun

Cary & Cair Paravel inspiration

Cary & Cair Paravel inspiration

Onthe way to the Causeway

On the way to the Causeway

Cary at Dunluce

Cary at Dunluce

Cary & Pádraig

Cary & Pádraig

Cary, come back to Facebook soon! When you do, you will enjoy updates like,

Jesus Loves You! Just be aware that he has enjoyed the services of at least one sex worker.

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Last night Glen and I watched the 1968 movie classic Lion in Winter, based on the play of the same name which premiered on Broadway in 1966. So many memorable quotes from this grand drama of a royal dysfunctional family! Katherine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine exudes  bitchiness and wisdom as she breezes through each scene with her dry drawl.

In one scene the three sons squabble, well this happens in most scenes. Phillip pulls a knife on his brother John. The dialogue bristles with snark and insight.

Prince John: A knife! He’s got a knife!

Eleanor: Of course he has a knife, he always has a knife, we all have knives! It’s 1183 and we’re barbarians!

How clear we make it. Oh, my piglets, we are the origins of war: not history’s forces, nor the times, nor justice, nor the lack of it, nor causes, nor religions, nor ideas, nor kinds of government, nor any other thing. We are the killers. We breed wars. We carry it like syphilis inside. Dead bodies rot in field and stream because the living ones are rotten. For the love of God, can’t we love one another just a little – that’s how peace begins. We have so much to love each other for. We have such possibilities, my children. We could change the world.

As a Quaker I adore Eleanor’s lines. The Religious Society of Friends has long maintained a Peace Testimony, yet we are not without our own attitude. As I often remark during my presentation,

We are Quaker. We don’t get violent, just passive aggressive.

I’ll share another quote below. But first, I have some pictures to share with Sheria from SA. (Soon I will have some for Cary in Ireland!).  I am sure Sheria won’t mind if you take a look too. My laptop is ill, so I had a ton of photos from the last half of my UK/Europe trip that I never posted. I recently bought an incredibly light and inexpensive Acer netbook and have just loaded up some pictures. So here goes:

Trevor's house & garden

Trevor's house & garden

Pretty & Pungent

Pretty & Pungent

Chestnut tree detail

Chestnut tree detail

Festive Tulips

Festive Tulips

Midsummer performance

Midsummer performance

Cotswold stone wall

Cotswold stone wall

Southampton Quaker's Garden

Southampton Quaker's Garden

Peak District stream

Peak District stream

Flower by Peak District stream

Flower by Peak District stream

Glen & Mark at Giants Causeway

Glen & Mark at Giants Causeway

Glen on Southern Welsh Coast

Glen on Southern Welsh Coast

And this photo of the dishy Glen Retief reminds me of a quote from Lion in Winter (a favorite I share with my Seattle friend Jane–Holding you in the Light today as you attend your conference!) Speaking of her wanderlust and love of travel, she remarks

Eleanor: I even made poor Louis take me on Crusade. How’s that for blasphemy. I dressed my maids as Amazons and rode bare-breasted halfway to Damascus. Louis had a seizure and I damn near died of windburn… but the troops were dazzled.

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Doin’ Time in Sweden

I have entered my sixth week away on tour of the UK and Europe. Glen and I had a blast in Belfast with the folks from IKON (read some and see pics at Little Bird’s blog). From Belfast we flew to London then headed to Wales where we stayed with John Henson and his partner, Valerie. John recently published Good As New, a Radical Retelling of the New Testament
. From there we had a romantic day in London visitng the Tate Modern, walking around in PERFECT weather and just enjoying each other’s company. I left for the airport early yesterday morning and shared a shuttle with the Columbian golfer Camilo Villegas. Of course I played it New York cool and gave him his space, but I really wanted to know where he got his jeans. (although I doubt I could afford them from the looks of them).

I would write more, but I have given myself a complete day off. I landed in Northern Sweden yesterday exhausted and spent. It’s been a lovely time in the UK, but I did far too much, particularly towards the end. I feel grateful that Glen was able to join me for the last leg of the UK trek–I needed lots of hugs and cuddles. But this is typcial of how I work. I am introverted in nature. I love people and enjoy their company but the more time I spend with groups of people, the more drained I get. Perhaps that is why I enjoy going to Quaker meeting for worship so much. Although I am with a group of people, it is a very internal sort of activity for me, restorative.

It is not uncommon that after a string of performances, trips and conferences that I take a day or two to simply crash, to find myself again. The day usually includes doing laundry, eating my favorite foods, watching brainless TVs, movies and YouTube videos, reading, writing and sleeping (lots of sleeping!)

Today I have the flat to myself as my Swedish friends are off to work, and their children are at school. I already did my laundry. They have the coolest heated cooling rack instead of a tumble dryer (well the dryer is broken). You just hang up the clothes in this thing, turn on the timer, choose the temp and BAM dry clothes. Okay, come out looking a little like they have been in a smoke house, but nothing an iron can’t remedy.

I wonder about other folks who read this blog. What do you do when you feel overwelmed, spent, in need of finding yourself? What rituals or activities (or lack of activities) do you do to renew and refresh?

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The other day I am awoken from a truly bizarre dream (it was a Western, but that wasn’t the weird part) to a phone call from the producer of Religion and Ethics programming for BBC radio. She wanted to book me into a studio for about two hours so that I can sit for multiple 10-minute interviews with virtually every BBC local station in the UK. The topic–transgender and gender-variant Bible characters.

Soooo, Saturday night after my show in Oxford, Glen (my partner who will be on tour with me for the next week as we go to Northern Ireland and Wales) will travel to London so that I can begin these interviews at 7:00  Sunday morning. I wish I could offer some sort of schedule, but I think it will be all over the place where I will pop up in several local religion and ethics type programs around the UK. I feel grateful to have this opportunity to share this material in such a personal setting. Having worked in radio, I know what an intimate and effective medium it can be.

Now I have to sort out what I will and will not say about my play, Transfigurations–Transgressing Gender in the Bible. I don’t want to give away too many secrets, but I do want to communicate the wonder of some of these Bible stories as I help audiences understand that the interpretations are not at all far-fetched.

Probably they will also ask me about my ex-gay past and the many years I tried to change and suppress my gay orientation and gender differences. I will also look for ways to talk about faith and especially how helpful it has been to be among Quakers.

I imagine I will share the story in the video below. Any of you who have seen the play, please comment you think that I should or could say. Also for transgender people and allies, if you have any thoughts that you think would be useful to communicate to an audience that may know little about transgender issues, please leave a comment too.

UPDATE
Just received the schedule of where I will pop up on BBC and when

0710 3 COUNTIES RADIO ( BEDFORSHIRE, HERTFORSHIRE, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE)
0720 STOKE
0730 TEES
0740 SURREY/SUSSEX
0750 WEST MIDLANDS
0800
0810 BRISTOL
0820 SHROPSHIRE
0830 COVENTRY AND WARWICKSHIRE

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Recently I spoke at a well-known British university where I gave a talk about the Ex-Gay Movement and particularly about my own journey attempting to de-gay myself.  In the talk I spoke about what happens in many programs and treatments that attempt to alter someone’s orientation and gender expression. I went into the many reasons why someone might choose this course (you can see video of these reasons here) and shared what I found to be the outcome for well over a thousand people I have personally met (at least 100 in the UK) who found that such treatments caused considerable damage.

Interspersed with my talk I performed excerpts from my plays Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House, Queer 101–Now I Know my gAy,B,Cs, and Transfigurations–Transgressing Gender in the Bible. I ended as I often do with my Identity Monologue. We had plenty of time for discussion, and the very full audience asked insightful questions.

After the presentation I learned that some members of the university’s Student Christian Union attended the event. This thrilled me as these Christian Unions often adhere to traditional Evangelical lines that can promote and even at times provide treatment designed to alter a gay Christian’s sexuality. I felt pleased that they were present so that they could see how the ex-gay route is not appropriate pastoral care for gays and lesbians.

A few days later I heard through a friend at the university about the reaction of some of the Christian Union students:

It was all very interesting, but since he is not a Christian, we don’t have to listen to him.

Strange, I believe I mentioned more than once that I am a Christian and how much I value the Bible and my faith in Jesus. But then again I remember how I used to classify people during my own Conservative Evangelical days as TRUE Christian or FALSE Christian (with subcategories of worldly, fleshy, New Age and demonic). In the minds of these Christian Union members I am not a proper Christian, therefore irrelevant in a discussion about faith matters (or sexuality or creation or anything that might present an alternate view to their own).

Yeah, I used to do that too. It proved an effective means to shut out any contrary thought that might cause me to engage in critical thinking. What troubles me in regards to this particular presentation and the Christian Union students’ reaction is that I spoke out of my experience not my theology. I served as eye-witness to what I encountered during nearly two decades of ex-gay treatment. But since they judged me not Christian, they concluded that they could discount my testimony and thus avoid responsibility towards their own actions and beliefs regarding gays and lesbians.

(I can only wonder that certain celestial beings may find displeasure in mere mortals doing all this judgement work before the appointed time.)

This shutting out alternative voices through judging them unsound sources serves as a subtle yet powerful dehumanizing (and de-spiritualzing) method. Progressive Liberals do the same thing when we discount anything a Conservative says as wacko Right Wing ranting. We can reduce those different from us to a simple classification.

In fact, even in this post, my own brief description of the members of the Student Christian Union who attended my talk placed them in a certain box. For all I know only one out of a dozen members of this group made the statement about my Christian faith while most of the others considered what I said and have added it to the knowledge-base they have on the subject and will thoughtfully reflect on what they heard. Their personalities, the quirks, the interests, the diverse fields of study and experience they have get lost when I place people in categories.

Sure we find it helpful and necessary at times to understand in part the philosphy and world view of a certain person or group by assigning a name or category–Fundamentalist, Liberal, Vegan, Quaker, Fascist, Rebublican, Post-Modern, etc. But we can also filter out important information because of the the label we affix to a person.

Long ago in a little Pentecostal Holiness house church I attended in Yonkers, NY, one of the elders of the group pronounced,

Truth is truth, no matter who says it.

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Recently I attended a Friends Meeting (Quaker) in England where I am currently on tour and despaired when an odd message began to form in my head (or heart or spirit or wherever these messages form).

For those of you who don’t know about how many Quaker meetings work, we gather in silence.  Typically we don’t have a greeting or opening statements, we just sit and hopefully settle down to listen. Then we listen some more. In my case I sit and seek to pay attention to God. I stop the frenzied musings that clog my head, push to the side all of the pressing issues, concerns and interests that typically occupy me, and like lower case paul who reads this blog, I attempt to be still and know God.

If someone in the meeting feels they have something to share, they can stand up and give brief “vocal ministry” to the group. For my part I go through an intense process of trying to figure out if the thought in my head is simply meant for me to consider, for the group, or just drift wood landing on the shore of my consciousness. I also sit with with the message to see if I should give it right then and there or if it is something better left to a later time. Once I spent over six months with the same message sitting in the queue of my brain waiting and watching for the green light to share it. For me it is an intuitive process where I simply know that it is right and the right time. No doubt I get it wrong sometimes, and if the Quaker process works well, someone will “elder” me and suggest that perhaps my message did not rise to the level of vocal ministry (which is a nice way of saying yours was a rubbish message that interrupted what could have been a nice quiet meeting.)

At the Quaker meeting I recently attended there was a spate of messages on a variety of topics, and I confess I judged that most of them did not move or affect me (but then it is not all about me). At one point it got outright chaotic (well in Quaker terms) when one person rose to speak for the second time in the meeting (it is generally understood that a person typically will only give a message once during a meeting). During her second message the Friend shared how she has a particular mental illness and has been feeling much better lately.  Then she sat down. Another woman immediately got up and began to sermonize about how she didn’t believe there was such a thing as mental illness, but before she could go further, the woman who spoke up previously stood and pronounced, You silly girl, and then exited the meeting. This effectively silenced the “silly girl” who then sat down. True Quaker drama! (I confess that seeing the woman with the mental illness stand up and speak truth to foolishness inspired and pleased me.)

As these things often go, the meeting sorted itself out and as it continued on in silence and some less dramatic messages. In the midst of these proceedings words formed in my head, strange wacky words that I did not wish to share. That’s all these British Quakers needed after such a dramatic series of events to have the American Quaker stand up and give an odd-ball message. Since they scheduled me to speak to the meeting for an hour later in the day, I sat on my message, wrote it down then told it to my audience along with the rest of my presentation.

And what was the wacky message???

A Quaker, a warthog and a palm tree walk into a pub. Looking up from behind the counter, the bartender shouts, “Hey, we don’t serve your kind here!”

The three look at each other.

The Quaker thinks, “What a pity and shame the injustice these two face in the world. I must organize a committee,” and the Quaker immediately leaves the pub.

The warthog snorts, “I have been kicked out of better holes than this one!” and warthog stomps out the door.

The palm tree, which comes from a long line of palm trees that have weathered great storms, bending to withstand mighty winds, settles itself there in the pub. It takes in carbon dioxide and puts out oxygen. It cleanses the dingy air and flourishes.

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Statue of St. Edmund

Statue of St. Edmund

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I will spare you several thousand and share these phtos from Bury St. Edmunds and Ge0rge Bernard Shaw’s home. Ruth Ann and Ken were my hosts in BSE and Auntie Doris hosted me in Hatfield and brought me around on Saturday to see the sites.

Statue of St. Edmund

Statue of St. Edmund

Abbey ruins at Bury St. Edmunds

Blossoms in Bury St. Edmonds

Blossoms in Bury St. Edmonds

George Bernard Shaw's rotating writing hut

George Bernard Shaw's rotating writing hut

Interior of George Bernard Shaw's writing hut

Interior of George Bernard Shaw's writing hut

Blossoms in Shaws' Garden

Blossoms in Shaws' Garden

Blue Bells in Shaw's garden

Blue Bells in Shaw's garden

Flowers in Shaw's garden

Flowers in Shaw's garden

Auntie Doris & the Mister

Auntie Doris & the Mister

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spring in Cambridge

spring in Cambridge

spring in Cambridge

Sunday morning I took an early train from London to Cambridge (and on the Underground had to navigate through many London Marathon runners wearing nothing but tight spandex. Distracting!)

After attending Quaker Meeting for worship and then lunch with my good friend Esther and her girlfriend (who is adorable and wonderful), I gave a presentation at the Quaker Meeting House,  a highlights show of sorts where I did bits from several of my plays.

Quaker Meeting Houses are not designed for theater (although much theater and drama sometimes occur during our time of worship and especially business meetings), but I like to present there as a way of both in-reach to the meeting about LGBTQ concerns and out-reach to the community in hopes of introducing folks to Quakers (who can be pretty cool).

spring in Cambridge

spring in Cambridge

Last night I spoke at Cambridge University about the Ex-Gay Movement.  Lots of people who know little about the ex-gay experience may assume that it is just something that uneducated and unintelligent people choose to do.

My primary goals were to help the audience members (a packed house by the way!) understand the basics of the very complex ex-gay world and more importantly to comprehend the many different reasons why someone may choose and ex-gay route for themselves. I speak about some of those many reasons here in a YouTube Video.

The whole ex-gay thing may seem utterly illogical and irrational. But many of us who pursued such a course had what seemed highly logical reasons. Many of us were college educated and have at least average intelligence.

spring in Cambridge

spring in Cambridge

Sadly fear, guilt and shame clog the brain making it nearly impossible to think clearly. That with a load of anti-gay messages coming at us from all corners increased the shame and fear. We then found “therapists” who offered “treatment” in Jesus’ name and with what initially sounded like solid science. Many of us folded under the weight of it all and succumbed to a path that kept us running in circles in some cases for years.

tulips in Cambridge

tulips in Cambridge

What surprised me were the number of students at Cambridge who are still fairly closeted about their own sexuality. It seems as I travel to campuses around the US most students are open about their orientation and gender identity with friends, families, church, etc.

From what the students told me here and from what I have heard from both teachers and students on previous trips, seems that secondary schools are really dreadful for LGBTQ students and teachers and children of LGBTQ parents.

With the Gay Straight Alliances we have in the US, it seems that we have a little more to offer. When some of the students heard about these sorts of LGBTQ-affirming organizations in state-run schools in the US, they just marvelled.

spring in Cambridge

spring in Cambridge.

Yes, things are so much better, safer, legally secure for LGBTQ people (especially in the UK), but putting these protections into place, helping people grow in their own understanding, undoing the damage of Section 28 and other laws that silenced teachers and students in school, this will take work to unravel.

As you can tell from my photos, I have been taken by the amazing spring flowers here in Cambridge. I will end this post by posting the most beautiful. (Enjoy Sheria!)

Esther outside her college

Esther outside her college

spring in Cambridge

spring in Cambridge

spring in Cambridge

spring in Cambridge

spring in Cambridge

spring in Cambridge

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